SOFTBALL | Bulldogs drop two, again

It may be only Thursday, but the Bulldogs’ doubleheader sweep over Harvard on Sunday is already a distant memory.

Twenty-four hours after traveling to Cambridge and getting swept by the Crimson, the Bulldogs (16-20, 5-7) dropped two more at the hands of the intrastate rival Sacred Heart (13-22) to run their losing streak to four. Once again, offense was the issue for the Bulldogs, who could only muster one run in the doubleheader, losing Game One 4-0 and Game Two 3-1.

“The past few days have been frustrating mainly because so many people have hit the ball so well, but it just hasn’t worked out,” Chelsea Janes ’12 said.

Captain Megan Enyeart ’09 added, “We definitely could’ve hit better today than we did. We popped too many balls up. The pitching wasn’t overpowering enough that we shouldn’t have been able to hit and score some runs.”

In Game One, Mariclaire Rebman ’11 got the start on the mound and allowed four runs, two earned, and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Katie Yanagisawa ’11 switched positions with Rebman, from second base to the mound, in the seventh inning to record the final out of the game in her first collegiate pitching appearance.

But it was Sacred Heart’s Jen Russell who came out victorious. The sophomore threw a complete Game Two hit shutout, walking three and striking out six.

Designated player Katie Edwards ’09 singled in the second inning, but the Elis did not get another hit until Yanagisawa singled in the sixth. That inning was one of Yale’s best opportunities to score after Meg Johnson ’12 walked, but the runners were ultimately stranded.

For the majority of the contest, the Bulldogs were down just one run after the Pioneers got on the board in the second inning, but the hosts could not take advantage. Sacred Heart did not add to the tally until the fifth, when the Pioneers scored one run before tacking on two in the seventh.

A poor showing defensively did not help matters — the Elis committed five errors in the contest.

In Game Two the Elis seemed poised to halt their three-game losing streak, quickly scoring in the first inning — the team’s first run in 25 innings dating back to Sunday.

Enyeart knocked Johnson in on an RBI double, but that was all the Elis could muster for the game. Liz Tispouras shut the Bulldogs down the rest of the way, hurling a complete game and scattering seven hits and a walk to go with two strikeouts.

On the other side, Yale squandered another solid pitching performance. This time Deanna DiBernardi ’09 and Rebecca Wojciak ’09 combined to hold the Pioneers to three runs and seven hits. DiBernardi lasted 2 2/3 innings before Wojciak relieved her, pitching the remaining 4 1/3 innings.

Yanagisawa and Edwards each recorded two hits for the Bulldogs, who didn’t seem to have their legs under them with their recent brutal schedule — six games in four days, four of which were on the road.

“I think today everyone was kind of exhausted,” Johnson said. “If we had played them any other day we would’ve came out on the other end. We were kind of dead. Playing six games in four days is really demanding, especially with the schoolwork we’ve had to do with finals coming up.”

Yale will have a few days to recharge and right the ship before Dartmouth (18-15, 9-3), which currently sits in first place in the North Division, comes to New Haven for two doubleheaders this weekend.

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