April 24, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Seniors Deanna DiBernardi, Katie Edwards, Megan Enyeart and Rebecca Wojciak have made tremendous contributions to the Yale softball program during their careers. The four will be honored prior to the final home game of the season, which is Saturday against Brown beginning at 12:30 p.m. ( Game 1 GameTracker | Game 2 GameTracker | wybc.com audio). On Sunday, the teams meet in Providence beginning at 12:30 p.m. (Pay-per-View Video).
Yale's Class of 2009 has helped the Bulldogs to nearly 90 wins in the last four years. DiBernardi has enjoyed a terrific senior season in the circle. She enters the final weekend fifth in the Ivy League in earned run average and tied for fourth in wins. In her junior year, she held opponents to just a .227 batting average. As a sophomore, she finished third on the Yale pitching staff in innings and strikeouts. One of her highlights from that year came when she tossed three scoreless innings to earn a save in a victory over Harvard. As a rookie, she was solid contributor both in the circle and at the plate. She hit her first career home run, a three-run blast, in a 4-1 win over Colgate and earned her first career pitching victory against Providence. In addition, she was the recipient of the Barbara Chou Leadership Award.
Edwards needs one home run this weekend to break Yale's all-time record. She is third in school history in career RBI (87) and tied for fourth in career doubles (27). In four years, she has played in 158 games, mostly behind the plate. This season she is second on the team in RBI (21) and third in batting (.333). As a junior, she tied for the team lead in home runs and was third in walks. In her sophomore year, she earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after belting a team-leading five home runs, including a grand slam at Dartmouth, and knocking in 25 runs. As a freshman, she named the first team All-Ivy catcher and shared the team's most valuable player award. She tied for second in the league in home runs and RBI. Her seven home runs tied for the second most in a season in school history.
Enyeart, this year's captain, is Yale's all-time leader with 39 career doubles. In addition, she is second in school history in career RBI (88) and fourth in career hits (168). In four years she has played in 166 games, mostly at first base. This season she leads the team in RBI and doubles and had the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning in Yale's win over Wagner. In her junior year she was an Academic All-Ivy selection and tied for the team lead in home runs and was second in RBI. As a sophomore, she was fourth on the team in batting and RBI. As a freshman she had one of the most successful rookie seasons in school history. She was named first team All-Ivy at first base and shared the team MVP Award. She led the Ivy League in double and hits. Her 14 doubles were a Yale record, and her 58 hits were just two shy of the school record.
Wojciak is one of the most consistent and successful pitchers in Yale history. She is third in school history with 268 career strikeouts, tied for fifth with 29 wins and sixth with 32 complete games. This season, she leads the Yale staff in strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games. Last spring as a junior she tied for eighth in the Ivy League in wins and tied for fifth in shutouts. In her sophomore year, she earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition and was a second team District I All-Academic selection. She finished second in the league in earned run average and allowed more than three earned runs only once. She also was named honorable mention All-Ivy following her freshman season when she was second in the league in ERA. She finished with an impressive 10-4 overall record that year.
Yale (18-22, 7-9 Ivy) needs to wins this weekend to reach for the fourth straight year and eighth time in the last nine years.
Brown (11-21, 5-11 Ivy) has only two seniors on its roster - Michelle Moses and Kelsey Wilson. Moses leads the pitching staff in wins (5), ERA (3.89), innings (75.2), strikeouts (58) and complete games (6). Kate Strobel is eighth in the Ivy League with a .344 batting average. She leads the Bears in hits (33), home runs (5) and stolen bases (7).
Yale won three of four games last year, including sweeping a doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity