Brennan Homers, Knocks In Three In Harvard Doubleheader

Hannah Brennan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hannah Brennan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Fall In Both Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Hannah Brennan hit her third home run of the season, which ties her for the team lead, and Lauren Delgadillo reached base in her 17th and 18th straight games but Yale dropped an Easter Sunday doubleheader to Harvard on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Dewitt Family Field.

The Crimson banged out 13 hits en route to an 11-3 victory in the first game and then completed the sweep with a 7-5 win in the second game.

Tori Balta had three more hits on the day to raise her team-leading average to .364. Brennan also contributed three hits, while Delgadillo and Laina Do had two hits apiece. Rachel Paris and Carolyn McGuire also both had a hit.

The second game was one of the more exciting of the season for the Bulldogs. Brennan's three-run homer in the third gave Yale a 4-1 lead. Harvard, though, answered with six runs in the fourth. Still, Yale battled right to the final out.

Do's clutch, two-out, RBI single cut the deficit to 7-5 in the fourth, and the Bulldogs had a number of opportunities to get closer. They left the bases loaded in the fourth and also had the tying runs on base in the seventh.

In all, Yale left eight runners on base in the game.

Laura Ricciardone was again the pitching star for the Crimson. She tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. She was the winning pitcher in all four games as Harvard swept back-to-back doubleheaders from the Bulldogs.

Yale was victimized by poor defense in the first game as four errors led to six unearned runs for the Crimson.

Delgadillo was 2-for-3 and knocked in a run for Yale. Balta and Do also had RBIs.

Harvard extended its school-record winning streak to 18 straight games. The Crimson is 13-0 in Ivy League play.

The Bulldogs are next in action on Wednesday when play their final non-league doubleheader of the season at Rhode Island. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity