Yale Drops Doubleheader At Harvard

Yale Drops Doubleheader At Harvard

April 14, 2009

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -Yale got a pair of strong pitching performances in Tuesday's doubleheader with Harvard, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it wasn't quite enough. The Crimson moved into second place in the Ivy League North Division by winning both games - 4-0 in the first game and 1-0 in the second game - at Soldiers Field.

Two days after scoring 11 runs and sweeping a doubleheader from the Crimson, the Yale bats were held in check by Harvard's pitchers. Rachel Brown tossed a one-hitter and had five strikeouts in the opener, and Margaux Black yielded only four hits in the second game.

Rebecca Wojciak and Deanna DiBernardi were almost as good for the Bulldogs (16-18, 5-7 Ivy). Wojciak struck out seven and didn't allow the Crimson to score until the fifth inning in the first game, and DiBernardi pitched a four-hitter with three strikeouts in the second game. Harvard's only run scored on an error in the first inning.

Megan Enyeart had the only hit for the Bulldogs in the opener, an infield single in the second inning. Yale's only other baserunners came on walks to Ashley Sloan in the third and Katie Edwards in the fourth. Brown set down the last 11 batters she faced.

Wojciak was almost as stingy through the first four innings, allowing only two hits. Harvard (21-12, 7-5 Ivy) finally broke through in the fifth on Jennifer Francis's RBI double. The Crimson added three runs in the sixth. Melissa Schellberg knocked home the first two with a double, and pinch-hitter Jane Alexander capped the rally with an RBI single.

Yale outhit Harvard 4-3 in the second game, but the Crimson scored the only run of the game in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Emily Henderson walked and stole second. She moved to third on Ellen Macadam's sacrifice bunt and scored on an error.

The Bulldogs' best scoring chance came in the second. With one out, Enyeart tripled into the right-centerfield gap. She was left stranded, though, when Black retired the next two hitters.

Katie Yanagisawa singled leading off the fourth and Meg Johnson singled leading off the fifth for Yale but neither was able to advance past second.

DiBernardi benefitted from some fine defense. Johnson made a fine running catch in foul territory to end the third inning, and left-fielder Virginia Waldrop reached high to snare Jessica Pledger's drive to start the fourth.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play a home doubleheader with Sacred Heart. The first pitch of the first game at Dewitt Family Field is slated for 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity