Lally Tosses One-Hit Shutout, but Harvard Salvages Split

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Vinny Lally. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The first round of the four-game series between the Yale University baseball team and its Harvard rivals was dominated by two stellar pitching performances. Unfortunately for Yale, that only resulted in one win as it tried to increase its lead in the race for the Red Rolfe Division championship and a berth in the Ivy League Championship series.

Yale gained a little cushion in the Rolfe Division race in the opening game of Friday's doubleheader behind the pitching of senior Vinny Lally, but the Bulldogs gave that extra cushion back when they dropped the second game.

Lally threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout in leading Yale to a 3-0 win over Harvard in the first game of Friday's doubleheader at O'Donnell Field on the campus of Harvard University. Max Perlman was just as dominant as he struck out 10 Yale batters in a four-hit, 1-0 shutout win to help Harvard salvage a split of the twin bill.

With the split, Yale moved to 21-14 overall, 9-5 in Ivy League play. The first-place Bulldogs maintained a two-game lead over Dartmouth and Brown in the race for the Red Rolfe Division crown. Brown and Dartmouth are scheduled to play a four-game series on Sunday and Monday at Dartmouth.

A fourth-inning single by Marcus Way was the only hit allowed by Lally, who was brilliant in his fourth complete game of the season. Lally faced 23 batters, two more than the seven-inning minimum. He struck out nine Harvard batters, raising his Ivy League-leading total to 65 strikeouts.

Yale scored three runs in the first inning, which was more than enough support for Lally. Ryan Brenner put Yale on the scoreboard when he drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk. Jacob Hunter drove in a pair of unearned runs with the bases loaded when he reached on a throwing error that allowed Trey Rallis and Andy Megee to score the second and third runs of the inning to put Yale on top 3-0.

Senior Brook Hart was nearly as brilliant as Lally in Game 2, but he couldn't match Harvard's Max Perlman, who struck out 10 Bulldogs in a four-hit shutout.

Hart scattered six hits and allowed only one unearned run, striking out five and walking only one.

The Crimson scored the game's only run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Dillon O'Neill singled with one out and went to third thanks to an error on the next play. He then scored when Jake McGuiggan drove him home on a sacrifice squeeze bunt play.

The Bulldogs never really had a chance to tie the game. Perlman held Yale without a hit over the final five innings.

Of the Bulldogs' four hits in the game, Ryan Brenner had two of them in three at-bats. Rallis and Cam Squires had the other two hits for Yale.

Squires had two hits in four at-bats in the opening game. Hunter went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Gant Elmore also went 1-for-3.

The two teams will skip a day to wait out the rainy forecast before meeting again for another doubleheader on Sunday, which is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity