WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The offense for the
Yale baseball team continued firing on all cylinders on Wednesday
afternoon, as the Bulldogs scored 10+ runs for the fourth straight
game and pounded a season-high 21 hits against Miami of Ohio.
Unfortunately, the Elis were hindered by six errors as the Redhawks
handed Yale its first loss of 2010 with a 14-10 victory at Chain of
Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. Sophomore leftfielder Charlie
Neil went 4-for-5 in the game, while junior Andy Megee drove in
three runs and hit his first home run of the season.
With the loss, Yale falls to 4-1. Miami, which acted as the home team in the neutral-site contest, improves to 4-7.
“This is first time that we didn’t pitch or field
well,” said John Stuper, the Mazzuto Family Head Coach for
Baseball at Yale. “But I am very pleased with how we swung
the bats today. Not only did we have 21 hits, but we had six or
seven hard line-drive outs.”
All nine players who recorded an at-bat for Yale had at least one hit, led by three singles and a double by Neil. Junior shortstop Trey Rallis had three hits for the Elis, reaching base five times including a pair of walks. Junior second baseman Gant Elmore went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, and senior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth had two hits and two RBI. Rallis and junior rightfielder Andrew Kolmar also drove in runs for the Bulldogs.
Megee staked Yale starting pitcher Joe Castaldi an early advantage, following an Elmore single to lead off the game with a two-run homer down the left field line. In total, the first five batters of the game would reach base for the Bulldogs and Rallis, Larsson-Danforth and sophomore catcher Ryan Brenner all singled to load the bases after Megee’s roundtripper. Miami starter Reece Asbury would quell the threat by inducing a double play, but Rallis scored while the Redhawks turned two to give Yale a 3-0 lead after the top of the first.
Miami would strike back with two runs of its own in the first frame, as the leadoff man reached on a error and later scored on a sacrifice fly before the Redhawks recorded their first hit. Adam Weisenburger, another baserunner who reached on an error, would come home in the inning courtesy of a Kyle Weldon seeing-eye single. Another productive out for Miami tied the game at 3-3 in the second inning, as Zak Hatfield tripled to open the frame and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly.
A seven-run third inning, which consisted of three unearned
runs, gave the Redhawks a more comfortable 10-3 run lead and chased
Castaldi from the game. Another senior righthander, Chris Finneran,
took over on the hill and kept Miami in check as Yale began to
mount its comeback.
“We’re a very different team this year,” said Stuper. “We were down 10-3, and we still knew that we could win.”
The Bulldogs’ rally started in the fourth inning, as Moore, Kolmar and Neil singled to load the bases with one out. Elmore was then hit by a pitch to push Moore home, and Kolmar then scored on a Megee sacrifice fly to shave a pair of runs off of the deficit at 10-5.
Finneran held the Redhawks hitless in the next two frames, allowing the Elis to close the gap even more with three runs in the top of the sixth. After Neil doubled and Elmore picked up a one-out base hit, Megee slapped an infield single to load the bases. Rallis followed with a base knock to move everybody 90 feet and plate Neil, and Larsson-Danforth came through with a two-out single to the gap in left centerfield.
A Weisenburger homer to lead off Miami’s half of the sixth, which was the only earned run that Finneran would allow, gave a run back to the Redhawks, but the Bulldogs were very much alive entering the seventh, trailing 11-8.
Yale would take that run right back, as Tobolowsky legged out an infield hit and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. A Neil single moved Tobolowsky to third base, and the sophomore would score on a groundout by Elmore.
After senior righthander Matthew Smith put up a zero in the bottom of the seventh, junior designated hitter Andrew Moore got the Yale offense going in the eighth inning with a one-out single. Freshman Cam Squires pinch-ran for Moore and moved to third base on a Tobolowsky double. The rookie speedster then dashed home on a Kolmar groundout to cut the Miami lead to a single run at 11-10.
Despite the valiant effort, the Elis’ comeback was not meant to be as the Redhawks tacked on three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Jordan Janikowski shut the door for Miami with a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Castaldi (0-1) allowed six hits and five earned runs over the first 2.2 innings. Finneran allowed just two hits and one earned run, while recording three strikeouts, in 3.1 innings of relief.
Asbury went 1+ innings for Miami, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in one trip through the Bulldogs’ order. Rosinski (1-0) worked the next four frames, allowing four hits and two earned runs to earn the win out of the Redhawks’ bullpen.
“I have nothing negative to say about our effort,” said Stuper. “I’m proud of the way we kept battling for nine very long innings.”
There won’t be much time to rest for Yale after today’s three hour and fifteen minute contest, as the Bulldogs return to Chain of Lakes Stadium tomorrow morning for a doubleheader with Bowling Green beginning at 9:30 a.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity