DiBernardi's 3-Run Double Leads Yale Past Harvard In Opener; Crimson Win Second Game

April 16, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Deanna DiBernardi's three-run double in the third inning helped Yale rally from an early 2-0 deficit and defeat Harvard 7-4 in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. Christina Guerland and Courtney Blachford both added two hits for the Bulldogs. Peggy Hunt earned her eighth victory of the season by pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs. Rebecca Wojciak came on in the seventh to earn a save. Harvard won the second game 2-0.

In the opener, Harvard (15-16, 4-4 Ivy) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Rachel Murray's RBI single to right and then added another run in the third when Julia Kidder scored on a throwing error.

The Bulldogs (25-17, 2-6 Ivy) erupted for four runs in the bottom of the third. Kyli Hanson walked and Guerland followed with a bunt single to start the rally. After Aracelis Torres laid down a sacrifice bunt, Megan Enyeart walked to load the bases. With two out, DiBernardi cleared the bases with a long double to left field and then scored on Meredith Parks's single to left.

Yale added three more runs in the fourth. Blachford led off with a walk and moved to second on Hanson's single. Guerland then knocked in the first run with a sharp single to center. After a successful double steal put runners on second and third, Torres singled to drive in two more runs.

Erin Halpenny's RBI ground out in the fifth pulled the Crimson within 7-3. Harvard scored again in the seventh on Kidder's RBI single and had the bases loaded with only one out. Wojciak, though, got Pilar Adams to hit a soft liner between first and second. Guerland, Yale's second baseman, caught it and raced to first to double off pinch-runner Susie Winkeller and end the game.

The second game was a pitching duel between Yale's Ashley Linnenbank and Harvard's Amanda Watkins. It was scoreless until there were two outs in the sixth inning when Murray hit a long home run to left. Harvard added an insurance run in the seventh on Danielle Kerper's RBI single.

Watkins limited Yale to just three hits, singles by Blachford, Kate Meserve and Katie Edwards. She struck out two and walked three. The Bulldogs had runners on base in all but two innings. Their best scoring chance came in the third. With one out, Meserve singled to center and moved to second when Hanson reached on an error. After the second out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but Watkins got the next out to end the threat.

Linnenbank was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Yale. She went 6.1 innings, allowed only two earned runs and struck out two.

Blachford was 3-for-4, scored two runs and walked twice in the doubleheader for the Bulldogs. She is now batting .303 for the season.

Yale returns to action on Wednesday, hosting a non-league doubleheader with Providence beginning at 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity