March 31, 2009
ITHACA, N.Y. - Freshman Meg Johnson had three hits, but the Yale softball team dropped an Ivy League doubleheader at Cornell. In the first game, Elizabeth Dalrymple outdueled Rebecca Wojciak as the Big Red edged the Bulldogs 4-2. In the second game, Cornell hit four home runs en route to a 12-3 victory.
In the opener, Wojciak held the high-powered Big Red offense to only five hits and allowed just three earned runs in six innings, but Dalrymple was just a little sharper. She struck out eight and scattered seven hits to earn her 10th victory of the season.
Wojciak allowed just one base runner in the first two innings, but Cornell (23-5, 4-0 Ivy) broke through in the third on Devon March's two-out RBI double to centerfield.
Meg Risica's RBI double in the bottom of the inning gave the Big Red the lead, and Elise Menaker hit a two-run homer in the fifth.
The Bulldogs got one back in the sixth and threatened for more. Back-to-back singles by Ashley Sloan and Katie Yanagisawa started the rally. Katie Edwards singled home Sloan, but Dalrymple retired the next two hitters to avoid further damage.
Mariclaire Rebman singled in the seventh for Yale but was left stranded.
In the second game, Johnson was 2-for-2 with a run scored, and Edwards and Sloan both doubled for the Bulldogs.
Edwards's two-run double in the first gave Yale a 2-0 lead, but Cornell scored the next seven runs.
The Bulldogs got one back in the fourth. Johnson led off with a single and moved to second on McKynlee Westman's sacrifice bunt. After Rebman singled, Virginia Waldrop's ground out to shortstop scored Johnson.
Cornell, though, scored five run in the bottom of the fourth to seal the victory.
The Big Red outhit the Bulldogs 14-6.
Yale is back in action on Wednesday afternoon with a home doubleheader against Fairfield. The first pitch of the first game at Dewitt Family Field is slated for 2:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity