March 4, 2007
BALTIMORE--Steve Gilman (1-0) scattered four hits in six scoreless innings, and the Yale offense pounded 12, as the Bulldogs (2-1) posted an 8-1 victory over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (1-5) Sunday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field. Gilman also struck out three and walked four. Josh Cox led the offensive effort by going 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the win.
Yale got on the board immediately, scoring two in the top of the first. Marc Sawyer walked, then stole second to get the rally started. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Ryan Lavarnway and Charles Bush followed, giving Gilman more run support than he would need. He was in trouble only once all afternoon, when the Retrievers got a runner to third with only one out in the bottom of the second. Gilman responded by striking out Marty Zawacki before Geoff Lang flied to left to end the inning.
The Bulldogs gave their pitcher even more insurance by putting up five in the top of the fifth. Davis Stanley got the inning started with a single, then advanced to second when Dan Soltman reached on Mike Scheffel's error. That brought up the top of the Yale order, and Cox and Justin Ankney delivered RBI hits. Sawyer made the first out of the inning, but still picked up an RBI on a grounder to short. After Lavarnway struck out, Bush walked. Pedro Obregon and Trygg Larson-Danforth each singled to drive a runner home and increase Yale's lead to 7-0. Yale added another run in the eighth when Cox knocked in Stanley.
Brandon Josselyn relieved Gilman in the seventh and gave up a walk. He hit Scheffel with a pitch leading off the home eighth. Scheffel advanced to third on Steve Gale's double, and broke up the shutout one batter later when Scott Peddicord grounded to short. Josselyn got Rick Phillips to ground back to the mound to end the inning, then retired three UMBC pinch hitters in order in the ninth.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday afternoon, when they visit NYIT for a 3 p.m. contest.
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity