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Pitching Paces Doubleheader Sweep at Princeton

Scott Politz.
Scott Politz.

The Bulldogs used some late-game heroics and solid pitching to sweep a doubleheader at Princeton on Saturday. 


Yale won the opener 2-1 and took the second game 6-0.  With the victories, Yale maintained their grip on first place in the Ivy League standings and improved to 13-4 in conference play.  Starting pitchers Scott Politz and Kumar Nambiar both earned their fifth victories of the season.  


Game 1 Recap


Politz went eight innings and allowed one unearned run and Griffin Dey supplied the game-winning RBI with a solo homer in the seventh.


Dey, who extended his hit streak to eight games with two in the first game, blasted a shot over the left center wall to give Yale a 2-1 lead.  It was his team-leading seventh homer of the season.


Yale got on the board with some small ball.  Tim DeGraw reached on a fielding error and advanced on Simon Whiteman's sac bunt.  


Benny Wanger put the ball in play on the right side of the infield to move DeGraw to third with two out.  It paid off, as DeGraw scored on a wild pitch.  


Dey led off the seventh with his homer, and it was all the run support Politz would need. Politz (5-3) retired the side in order in his final inning with the help of a diving play from Wanger at first base.  


Politz lowered his ERA in league play to 1.96 in 46 innings.  


Wanger came on to earn his fifth save in league play with a perfect ninth.


Game 2 Recap


Nambiar went six scoreless innings and DeGraw scored three times to complete the doubleheader sweep.


Yale used more small ball in the third inning.  Teddy Hague led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Dai Dai Otaka.  


With two out, Tim DeGraw beat out an infield hit to short and Hague advanced to third.  Whiteman followed and executed a safety squeeze to score Hague and get Yale on the board first.  Wanger, the next batter, singled to right to score DeGraw and make it 2-0.


Nambiar (5-1) surrendered only three hits and walked one while striking out four without allowing a run.


Alex Stiegler pitched the final three innings and did not allow a run.  


Yale (19-17) added a run in the seventh on a throwing error, and tacked on three more in the ninth.  


In the ninth, Whiteman singled home DeGraw.  Dey scored DeGraw on a sac fly and Stiegler singled to score Whiteman.  


The two teams finish the series tomorrow with a single game, 1 p.m. start in Princeton.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity