Comeback Win Caps Doubleheader Sweep of Penn

Dai Dai Otaka. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Dai Dai Otaka. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs got the pitching, hitting and defense when they needed it to pull off a doubleheader sweep against Penn on Sunday afternoon.

Scott Politz (6-1) went the distance to pick up a 6-2 win in game one, and Yale's bullpen delivered seven scoreless innings in a dramatic 5-4 come-from-behind victory. 

Politz allowed two runs, struck out three, and shook off a rocky sixth to earn a complete game. 

"Scott Politz did what he does," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "He wins. Didn't have his best stuff today and still only gave up two runs. He competes." 

Dai Dai Otaka had an all-around game.  He went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, and made several nice plays in the field. 

Otaka doubled home Derek Brown as part of a three-run second for the Bulldogs, who improved to 14-12 and 5-1 in the Ivy League.  Tim DeGraw followed with a single to center to score Otaka.

"Dai Dai put on a defensive clinic all day," Stuper added.  "He stuck a couple big hits as well."

DeGraw had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored in game one.

In game two, Yale capitalized on a error to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth and Benny Wanger came through with the game-winning double in the tenth for the Bulldogs. 

It was also Wanger who reached on an error that plated two runs in the eighth for the Bulldogs.  Wanger went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in.

"They made a big error and let us back in and then Benny sticks a huge hit to win it," Stuper said.

The Yale bullpen picked up starter Mason Kukowski who lasted three innings.  The combination of Tyler Sapsford, Sam Boies, Tyler Duncan, Thomas Espig and Griffin Dey

Sapsford threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings.  With three runs already scored in the fourth, Sapsford inherited a runner at first with no outs and held the Quakers off the board.  

Dey (3-0) started the game at first base and pitched a perfect final 1 1/3 innings to record the win.  

"The bullpen was the story of the second game," Stuper said.  "What a job they did. Nothing but zeroes." 

Yale hosts Columbia for a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 12 p.m.  Columbia swept Brown on Sunday and stands at 4-2 in Ivy League play.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity