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Brodkowitz Earns 6th Ivy Victory to Complete Sweep at Princeton

Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Eric Brodkowitz pitched seven effective innings on Sunday afternoon and the Bulldogs' offense did the rest to complete a weekend sweep in an 8-3 victory at Princeton.


Brodkowitz became the first Ivy Leaguer to win six conference games this season to help Yale improve to 14-4 in the Ancient Eight.  With the win, the Bulldogs have a three-game lead in the standings with three Ivy games left. 


Yale (20-17) scored six combined runs in the fifth and sixth to break the game open.  Tim DeGraw, Benny Wanger, Brian Ronai and Cal Christfori each had two hits.  


Griffin Dey tied the game at three in the fifth with a RBI single to left that scored DeGraw, who got to third on a run-scoring fielder's choice by Wanger.


Ronai scored the go-ahead run in the sixth when Dai Dai Otaka laid down a sac bunt that led to an error.  Christofori singled to left to advance Otaka to second and Teddy Hague to third.  Hague had reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning. 


DeGraw's sac fly scored Hague and advanced Otaka to third.  Simon Whiteman, the next batter, lifted a fly ball to left to score Otaka. 


Wanger delivered the first of two doubles on the day to score Christofori, who scored three runs in the game, to cap a four-run sixth.  Wanger added another run-scoring double in the ninth to score Whiteman.


After giving Yale an insurance run, Wanger closed out the game on the mound over the final two innings.  After pitching a perfect eighth, Wanger worked around a one-out single -- his only baserunner allowed -- to extend Yale's win streak to four in league play.


Up next, the Bulldogs will play at Quinnipiac on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. first pitch. The two teams had a game postponed on March 20.  


Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity