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Bulldogs Hit Three Home Runs But Drop Doubleheader At Harvard

Kelsey Warkentine's home run (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
Kelsey Warkentine's home run (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Johnson, Rebman, Warkentine All Go Deep

Game 2 Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale softball team got to one of the top pitchers in the Ivy League in a big way on Tuesday. Yale hit two home runs and scored 10 runs against Harvard's Rachel Brown, who entered the day with a stellar 1.94 earned run average in league games. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Harvard has a pretty potent offense as well. As a result, the Crimson escaped with a wild 12-11 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader.  Harvard completed the sweep with an 11-3 win in the second game.

Meg Johnson, Mariclaire Rebman and Kelsey Warkentine each homered for Yale. Tori Balta and Jennifer Ong had two hits apiece on the day.

The Bulldogs (15-23, 6-10 Ivy) knocked out Brown in a dramatic five-run seventh inning that tied the score at 11-11. Most of the damage came with two outs. Johnson walked with the bases loaded to force home the first run.  Virginia Waldrop followed with a grounder to first that scored Christy Nelson and was the second out. Two more runs scored when Warkentine reached on an error, and Balta tied the score with a clutch RBI single to right.

Harvard (30-14, 14-2 Ivy) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Jane Alexander led off with a triple and scored on Ellen Macadam's single to center.

Yale scored four times in the first inning to grab the early lead. Katie Yanagisawa and Rebman both walked and Nelson followed with a triple to left field. Johnson then belted her third homer of the season.

The Crimson, though, rallied and led 6-4 after four innings. The Bulldogs tied it in the fifth when Rebman belted her first career homer, a blast to left field.

Warkentine went 2-for-2 and knocked in all three Yale runs in the second game. Her two-run homer gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Harvard answered with six runs in its half of the inning.

Yale cut it to 6-3 in the fourth when Warkentine's single to right scored Balta.

The Crimson, though, scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth to end the game.

The Bulldogs return home for a doubleheader with Marist on Thursday. The first pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m. at Dewitt Family Field. It is a makeup for the Mar. 23 games that were rained out.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity