Sunday showed that history does not necessarily repeat itself.
The Elis (16-16,5-5 Ivy) were originally scheduled to begin division play in two doubleheaders against Harvard (19-12,5-5 Ivy) this weekend. Saturday’s rain pushed the first set of games to Tuesday, but on Sunday, the Elis dominated the Crimson, beating them 7-4 in the first game and 4-2 in the second.
Although Harvard scored the first run of the day in the third inning of the first game, Yale quickly answered, sweeping the Crimson with seven runs in the fourth. In the second game, Yale scored four runs in the first three innings, and held onto their lead despite the Crimson’s two runs late in the seventh.
“They started knocking at the door, but we shut them down,” captain Megan Enyeart ’09 said.
Enyeart contributed three runs in the two games, with Meg Johnson ’12 following with two of her own.
The Bulldogs out-hit Harvard 7-6. Rebecca Wojciak ’09 pitched the first game and the seventh inning of the second, while Deanna DiBernardi ’09 pitched the other six of the second. Mariclaire Rebman ’11 and Katie Yanagisawa ’11 each added two RBI in the first game, with Rebman contributing another two in the second.
The two wins put the Elis in a second place tie with Harvard within the Ivy League’s North Division. Players said the Bulldogs’ particularly cohesive play, along with strong pitching and hitting, contributed to the win.
“We just went after the good pitches,” Enyeart said.
Enyeart added that Sunday’s win was important to the team, especially after last weekend’s loss to Penn.
In addition, Harvard had won all four of last year’s games against Yale. Enyeart said the Bulldogs were more prepared this year, and several key innings in each game produced the runs the team needed to win.
The Elis will face the Crimson again on Tuesday to make up for the postponed games. Players said the team is confident it can win again, but it will need to work on its seventh inning. Five of Harvard’s six runs on Sunday were made in the last inning of the game.
“We need to shut the door on the other team,” DiBernardi said. “We need to make it less exciting.”
Enyeart added that Yale will look to be more consistent in their play. Yale scored 11 runs in total this weekend, but there were also some innings in which they did not score any.
The Bulldogs will travel to Cambridge on Tuesday to face Harvard at 2 and 4 p.m.