AUBURNDALE, Fla. – After opening the 2010 season with a three-game sweep at Maryland-Baltimore County, the Yale baseball team headed farther south to challenge the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Bulldogs’ hot bats also made the trip from the Charm City to Auburndale, Fla. as Yale piled up 10+ runs for the third straight game en route to knocking off the Rams by a score of 10-5. Sophomore catcher Ryan Brenner led the Elis at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.
Mazzuto Family Head Coach John Stuper applauded Brenner’s efforts both at the plate and behind it. “Brenner was swinging the bat very well today, and he also called a great game,” said the 18-year veteran of the Bulldogs’ dugout.
The Bulldogs, who will play seven more games in the Sunshine State, remain unbeaten at 4-0. Rhode Island falls to 1-8.
With his quartet of runs batted in, Brenner has matched his freshman season total of seven RBI just 14 at-bats into the 2010 campaign. Junior Andrew Kolmar, who was named Ivy League co-Player of the Week earlier today, and junior Andrew Moore both drove in two runs, while senior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth also picked up an RBI. Sophomore Zach Tobolowsky went 3-for-4 and drove in a run as the Bulldogs pounded out 13 hits.
On the mound, junior lefthander Vinny Lally (1-0) worked the first five innings to earn the victory for Yale. Sophomore righthander Greg Lyons held the Rams scoreless over the last four frames to chalk up his first career save. Lyons, who also tossed a perfect inning on Sunday at UMBC, allowed just two hits and struck out five batters, including striking out the side in the eighth.
“Greg looked dominant today,” said Stuper. “He was hitting his spots with all of his pitches”.
The Elis will trek from Auburndale to nearby Winter Haven, Fla. to kick off four consecutive games at Chain of Lakes Park with a 3 p.m. contest tomorrow afternoon against Miami of Ohio.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity