O'Hare Stellar In Yale's Split With Harvard

Christopher O'Hare. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Christopher O'Hare. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Sophomore Hurler Strikes Out Nine In Four-Hit, Complete-Game Victory

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sophomore pitcher Christopher O'Hare has developed into one of the Yale University baseball team's go-to pitchers of late, and he really came through for the Bulldogs on Sunday.

O'Hare tossed a complete-game four-hitter, his second four-hit complete game in as many starts, to help lift Yale to an 8-1 victory over Harvard in the opening game of a doubleheader on Sunday at O'Donnell Field on the campus of Harvard University. Harvard bounced back in the second game, scoring an 10-3 win to salvage a split of the twin bill.

Sunday's split followed a split of a doubleheader on Friday that opened the four-game series at Harvard.

After the split of the four games, Yale currently sits at 22-15 overall, 10-6 in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs remained in first place in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division, staying one game ahead of two-time defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth (8-6 Ivy play), which swept a doubleheader from visiting Brown on Sunday. Dartmouth and Brown meet again Monday for another doubleheader. Yale closes out its Ivy League season with a home-and-home series against Brown next weekend.

O'Hare's outing was stellar. He allowed only one unearned run, striking out nine Harvard batters with one walk. Of the four hits, only one was an extra-base hit, a second-inning double by Marcus Way.

For Harvard, only the Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5 hitters managed a hit off of O'Hare. The rest of the Crimson lineup was a combined 0-for-15 off of O'Hare.

Yale's senior first baseman Trey Rallis went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored to fuel the support for O'Hare. He started the Yale offense in the second inning when he led off with a double and then scored on a passed ball to put Yale on top 1-0.

In the fourth inning, he jumpstarted the offense again when he reached base on a one-out single, went to third on Ryan Brenner's double, and scored on Andrew Moore's bunt single. Andrew Kolmar's two-run single scored Brenner and Jacob Hunter to give Yale a 4-0 lead.

Harvard struck back in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit in the inning. Way was hit by a pitch and went to second when Jake McGuiggan's fly ball to left field was misplayed. Way then went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Tyler Albright's RBI groundout.

Yale added insurance runs in the fifth inning, starting with an RBI double from Rallis. He later scored on an RBI single from Hunter. Moore drove in the third run of the inning when he reached on an infield error. Kolmar capped the scoring with his RBI single with two outs.

Rallis was even better in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He went 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored.

Yale starter Pat Ludwig struggled, giving up six runs on 10 hits in five innings.

Sean O'Hara led Harvard in Game 2 with three hits and two RBIs, while Jeff Reynolds went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

While Rallis was the star of the Bulldogs' show in Game 2, Cale Hanson and Moore both managed two hits. Hanson also scored a pair of runs.

Rallis went a combined 9-for-16 with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored in the four games at Harvard this weekend.

Yale returns to action on Tuesday with a non-league game at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Yale Field to close out the home portion of the 2011 schedule against Brown on Friday with a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity