Going Out In Style; Deanna DiBernardi Tosses No-Hitter In Final Home Game

April 25, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Deanna DiBernardi made her final start at Dewitt Family Field a memorable one. DiBernardi tossed a no-hitter to lead Yale to a 3-0 victory over Brown and a doubleheader sweep on Alumni Day. DiBernardi struck out four and walked two. Rebecca Wojciak was almost as good in her last start in the first game for the Bulldogs. She pitched a five-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in a 3-0 win.

Yale's two other seniors - Katie Edwards and Megan Enyeart - also contributed to the two victories. Edwards singled to start a three-run rally in the first game, and Enyeart knocked in one of the Bulldogs' runs with a sacrifice fly in the second game.

The wins improved Yale's overall record to 20-22. The Bulldogs have now won at least 20 games in each of the last four years and eight times in the last nine years.

DiBernardi retired the first six batters she faced in the second game before issuing a leadoff walk in the third inning. Pinch hitter Kristie Chin reached on a fielder's choice after the first out, but DiBernardi retired the next two hitters to end the threat.

Kelsey Wilson drew a walk leading off the fourth and advanced to second when Andrea Browne reached on an error but both were left stranded.

The only other baserunner Brown had came when Elaina Atherton reached on error in fifth. DiBernardi got some help from her defense when Lauren Huddleston made a terrific over-the-shoulder catch in right field to rob Wilson of a hit leading off the sixth inning. DiBernardi retired the last eight batters she faced.

Yale scored twice in the first inning to grab the early lead. Ashley Sloan walked and Katie Yanagisawa reached on an error to start the rally. Both moved up on a passed ball, and Meg Johnson followed with a double that scored Sloan. Enyeart then drove home Yanagisawa with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Bulldogs tacked on a run in the sixth when Chelsey Locarno reached on an error and later scored on Sloan's double.

Yale had six hits in the game, including three by Johnson.

The first game was scoreless until the Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Singles by Edwards, McKynlee Westman and Lauren Huddleston loaded the bases. Westman scored on a wild pitch and Yanagisawa knocked home the other two with a single.

That was more than enough for Wojciak, who was outstanding. She had six strikeouts through the first three innings and set down the last eight batters in a row.

Both teams had five hits in the game. Huddleston had two hits for the Bulldogs.

The same two teams play a doubleheader in Providence on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity