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Politz, Wanger Combine to Lead Yale to Doubleheader Split

Scott Politz.
Scott Politz.

The Bulldogs used a strong pitching combination to earn their first win of the season against one of the top hitting teams in the nation.

Scott Politz allowed two unearned runs over 7 2/3 innings without walking a batter and Benny Wanger came on to get the final four outs in a 4-2 win over New Mexico State to earn a split of a doubleheader on Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M.

"Great win for us in the second game," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "Scott was really, really good. He pitched like a number one starter does. So competitive."

Stuper opted to hold Politz for the second day of the weekend series due to concerns about the weather.

"I did not pitch Scott in game one because of the forecast," Stuper added. "I simply couldn't have my number one go three or four innings, then we get rained out and be done for the weekend."

Politz beat a New Mexico State team that had averaged 21 runs a game in its first six games of the season.  A senior, Politz now has 23 career wins at Yale.

Wanger retired all four batters he faced and struck out three.

"Benny overmatched them getting four outs for the save, including striking out the side in the ninth," Stuper said. "I'm a lucky coach to be able to run those two guys out there."

Dai Dai Otaka's sac fly in the sixth scored Harry Hegeman to break a 2-2 tie. Earlier in the inning, Brian Ronai drew a bases loaded walk to score Griffin Dey.  

Simon Whiteman, who went 5 for 8 in the doubleheader today, singled home Otaka to give the Bulldogs an insurance run in the eighth.  

Tom Fuller put the Bulldogs on the board with a run-scoring double in the fifth and trim the Aggies' lead to 2-1.  

Earlier in the day, the Bulldogs dropped game one 14-6.  Wanger doubled home Whiteman in the fifth to cut the deficit to 2-1 before New Mexico State scored seven in the bottom half of the inning.

The Bulldogs earned a win in a difficult place to play. New Mexico State is 29-6 in its last 35 games at home.

"This is one of the toughest places in the entire country to play. They are incredibly hard to beat in this ballpark. Our guys love the challenge, but it's really tough. Really proud of my guys for this one." 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity