April 15, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jen Russell and Liz Tsipouras pitched a pair of strong games to lead Sacred Heart to a doubleheader sweep of Yale at Dewitt Family Field. Russell tossed a two-hit shutout in the opener as the Pioneers blanked the Bulldogs 4-0. In the second game, Tsipouras scattered seven hits in a 3-1 win. Katie Yanagisawa had three hits in the two games for Yale.
Russell, who earned her eighth victory of the season, struck out six and walked three in the first game.
Edwards had Yale's first hit in the second inning, but the Bulldogs didn't get another hit until the sixth inning when Yanagisawa singled to left. Meg Johnson then drew a walk, but both runners were left stranded.
Mariclaire Rebman pitched well for Yale, allowing only two earned runs in 6.2 innings. Yanagisawa came on to make her first career appearance in the circle in the seventh inning and got the last out.
The Pioneers (13-22) scored the first run of the game in the second inning. With two out, Alyssa Garza singled. Taylor Froelich followed with a hit to left-centerfield and when the ball was bobbled, Garza was able to score from first.
Sacred Heart executed a double steal to tack on a run in the fifth and then added two runs in the seventh.
Yale (16-20) had many more scoring chances in the second game but left eight runners on base.
The Bulldogs did grab a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Yanagisawa started the rally with a single to center. She was erased on Johnson's fielder's choice, but Megan Enyeart followed with a double to right field that scored Johnson.
Jessica Perez's two-run single in the third gave Sacred Heart the lead for good. Jill Timmer then hit a solo home run in the seventh to cap the scoring.
The Bulldogs had base runners in every inning but the fourth but couldn't capitalize.
Katie Edwards had a pair of singles for Yale.
DiBernardi was the beneficiary of some fine defense in the second inning when leftfielder Virginia Waldrop made an outstanding diving catch in foul territory to retire Amanda Bradley. Waldrop also had a hit in the game.
The Bulldogs play a four-game series with Dartmouth at Dewitt Family Field this weekend. The action starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity