Ludwig Hurls Gem but Yale Swept By Dartmouth

Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

HANOVER, N.H. — The Yale University baseball team dropped two more games at Dartmouth, 2-0 and 8-4, as the Big Green completed the four-game sweep of the Bulldogs and clinched at least a tie for the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division title Saturday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on the Dartmouth campus.

With the losses, Yale fell to 9-30-1 overall, 2-14 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth improved to 17-15 overall with the victories, 11-5 in Ivy League play. The Big Green hold a four-game lead over Harvard and need just one win in next weekend's four-game series against the Crimson to win the Rolfe Division.

One day after seeing his 34-game on-base streak snapped, Yale sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson reached base in both games on Saturday with two of Yale's three hits in Game 1 and a walk in Game 2, but he was one of the few highlights for the Bulldogs.

Another standout performance came in Game 1 from senior Pat Ludwig, who pitched a complete game for the third time in his last four starts. He allowed two runs and scattered just five Dartmouth hits, striking out six and walking just one batter.

Unfortunately for Ludwig, Dartmouth pitcher Kyle Hunter was just a bit better. Hunter allowed just three hits and struck out three batters in a complete-game shutout of the Bulldogs. Hunter faced 22 batters, just one batter over the minimum 21 in the seven-inning gem.

Two of the hits came off the bat of Hanson, while the third Yale hit came from Kevin Fortunato, who hit a leadoff double in the fifth inning.

Dartmouth did all of its damage in the fourth inning when it scored a pair of runs on a two-run home run by Dustin Selzer. With the way Hunter dominated, that was all Dartmouth needed to earn the victory in Game 1.

In Game 2, Dartmouth jumped out to a 5-1 lead before Yale came up with a three-run fifth inning to get back into the game. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that was all the offense they could muster and Dartmouth added three more runs to pull away with the victory.

Senior Charlie Neil went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Yale effort. Chris Piwinski went 1-for-2 and drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning that trimmed Dartmouth's lead to 5-4.

Yale jumped out of the gates early and grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI sacrifice fly by Fortunato.

Dartmouth, however, scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Jeff Keller and Ennis Coble, two more in the second on RBI doubles from Joe Sclafani and Chris O'Dowd and another in the third on Keller's solo home run to pull out to a 5-1 lead.

Yale bounced back with the three-run fifth inning, highlighted by Piwinski's three-run double, but Dartmouth responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth when Coble scored on a wild pitch and two more in the eighth on RBI singles from O'Dowd and Keller.

Yale returns home for three of the final five games of the season. The Bulldogs will play host to Holy Cross Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. before visiting Brown for a doubleheader on Friday. Yale will end the season by hosting Senior Day on Saturday with a doubleheader against Brown beginning at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity