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Bulldogs Bounce Back to Split Doubleheader, Take Weekend Series from New Orleans

Griffin Dey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Griffin Dey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Bulldogs showed bounce-back ability Saturday evening to take two of three from New Orleans this weekend.

Yale (3-4) defeated the Privateers, 8-6, in the second game of a doubleheader tonight and earned a split after dropping an extra-inning, 8-7 decision earlier in the day.  The Bulldogs gave up a six-run lead in game one but came back to take the nightcap.

"I was so disappointed after game one, and so were my guys," Yale head coach John Stuper said.  "Losing a 7-1 lead in the eighth is really tough. As disappointed as I was after game one, that's how proud I was after game two. A tough, gritty series win against a good team on the road." 

New Orleans entered the weekend 6-1 after defeating No. 23 Southern Mississippi on Tuesday.

Brian Ronai capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run double and Alex Stiegler allowed two runs over five innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory.

Ronai, who delivered the first three-hit game of his Yale career and joined Griffin Dey, who tripled home Simon Whiteman, with big hits in the fifth to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not surrender.  Dey went 6 for 10 on the day and closed out the game with save.

Whiteman continues to swing the hottest bat for the Bulldogs.  He went 2 for 4 in game two with a run scored, RBI and stolen base and finished the weekend as the Bulldogs' top hitter (.419) thus far on the season. 

In game one, Kumar Nambiar started and was sensational.  The lefty went six scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out four and left with a 3-0 lead.

"Kumar was just outstanding in the first game," Stuper said. "Six scoreless innings. He had great stuff and made a bunch of big pitches."

Mason LaPlante, who had four hits in the doubleheader, singled home Jake Gehri to make it 7-1.  Gehri went 2 for 5 with two RBI in game one. 

New Orleans stormed back against the Bulldogs' bullpen with a six-run eighth and the eventual game-winning run in the 10th.

"Our starting pitchers were great in this series," Stuper added. "We need to clean up our bullpen, but I'm confident we will."

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity