Big Innings Lead Bulldogs To Sweep Of Harvard

April 12, 2009

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A pair of big innings helped the Yale softball team to a crucial doubleheader sweep of Harvard on Sunday at Soldiers Field. The Bulldogs erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning of the first game en route to a 7-4 victory. In the second game, Yale scored three times in the third inning and hung on for a 4-2 victory. Rebecca Wojciak pitched a complete game in the opener, allowing six hits and one earned run, and then came on to get the final three outs of the second game to earn a save. Mariclaire Rebman knocked in four runs in the two games for the Bulldogs.

With the two wins, Yale moved into a second-place tie with Harvard in the Ivy League's North Division. Both teams are 5-5. Dartmouth swept a doubleheader from Brown on Sunday to improve to 9-3. Yale and Harvard play two more games on Tuesday, and the Bulldogs then host a four-game series with Dartmouth next weekend.

Harvard's Rachel Brown set down the first nine Yale batters in Sunday's first game, and the Crimson grabbed a 1-0 lead on Ellen Macadams's RBI single in the third. The Bulldogs, though, answered with seven runs in the fourth with the help of two Crimson errors. Ashley Sloan started the rally with a double inside the left-field line. Megan Enyeart had an RBI single, and Rebman and Katie Yanagisawa both delivered two-run singles.

That was more than enough for Wojciak, although she did run into some trouble in the seventh inning when the Crimson scored three runs. Wojciak finished with four strikeouts to earn her fifth win of the season.

The Bulldogs (16-16) outhit Harvard 7-6. Enyeart and Sloan both had two hits for Yale.

In the second game, Rebman and McKynlee Westman each had two hits for the Bulldogs, and Deanna DiBernardi pitched six innings to notch the victory.

Yale grabbed an early lead by scoring in the second. Meg Johnson and Rebman opened the frame with back-to-back singles. After Westman's sacrifice bunt, Virginia Waldrop's infield single scored Johnson.

The Bulldogs scored three more times in the third. Singles by Katie Edwards and Enyeart and a walk to Johnson loaded the bases. Rebman then delivered a two-run single to right field, and Westman followed with a single to center that scored Johnson.

Harvard (19-12) loaded the bases in the fourth, but DiBernardi retired Melissa Schellberg on a fly ball to center to end the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, Schellberg led off with a single and Jennifer Francis followed with a triple to the right-centerfield gap. Wojciak was then summoned from the bullpen. Francis scored on a throwing error, but Wojciak got Macadams to ground out and Whitney Shaw to fly out to end the game.

The Crimson and Bulldogs meet again Tuesday at 2 p.m., when they make up Saturday's rained-out doubleheader.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity