April 14, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saturday was Alumni Day at Dewitt Family Field, and the several former Bulldogs in attendance were treated to an exciting come-from-behind Yale victory over Harvard in the second game of a doubleheader. Christina Guerland's two-run single in the fourth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and helped the Bulldogs earn a split with a 5-2 victory. Harvard's Dana Roberts tossed a five-hit shutout in the first game to lift the Crimson to a 1-0 victory.
Harvard (18-12, 7-5 Ivy) struck first, scoring twice in the third inning. Yale tied it in the bottom of the inning. Allie Canulli, who reached base and scored in all three of her plate appearances, led off with a walk and moved to second on Ashley Sloan's sacrifice bunt. Guerland then singled to center, and Kyli Hanson followed with an RBI double to right. Megan Enyeart's sacrifice fly to left tied it at 2-2.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth. Katie Edwards, Canulli and Sloan all worked walks to load the bases. With two-out, Guerland delivered her game-winning hit, a single down the left-field line.
Yale (18-12, 3-9 Ivy) added an insurance run in the sixth, and again it was Canulli who was in the middle of the rally. She singled leading off the inning and moved to second on Sloan's sacrifice bunt. After Guerland's third hit of the day, Hanson lofted a short fly ball into shallow centerfield. Harvard second baseman Julia Kidder made the over-the-shoulder catch, but Canulli alertly tagged up and scored.
Kuretich pitched the first four innings, allowed three hits and struck out two. DiBernardi came on in the fifth and worked out of a major jam. The Crimson had the bases loaded with one out, but DiBernardi struck out Danielle Kerper looking and got Susie Winkeller to fly out harmlessly to center.
The Bulldogs made two fine defensive plays in the seventh to preserve the victory. Guerland, Yale's second baseman, ranged far into foul territory to snag Stephanie Krysiak's pop-up, and third baseman Meredith Parks made a fine catch right in front of the Harvard dugout for the second out.
In the first game, Yale's Rebecca Wojciak pitched well for the second straight day but was the hard-luck loser. Lauren Murphy's line-drive homer to centerfield produced the only run of the game. Wojciak allowed only four hits and struck out three.
Roberts struck out four and retired 12 consecutive hitters after allowing a one-out single to Edwards in the second.
Yale's best scoring chance came in the sixth when Sloan and Hanson both singled, but both were left stranded.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader at Wagner. The first pitch of the first game is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity