Top Dog: Bulldogs Hold Off Huskies 8-7

Top Dog: Bulldogs Hold Off Huskies 8-7

March 8, 2006

Box Score

BRADENTON, Fla. - Junior centerfielder Jake Doyle (Wilmington, Del.) drove in four runs and Brian Irving (Hamden, Conn.) pitched four plus innings of relief to pick up the win in a hard-fought 8-7 victory over nutmeg state rivals Connecticut on Wednesday evening at IMG Academy.

"We did two things that good teams do today," head coach John Stuper said. "We picked each other up with big two-out hits and we answered immediately after Connecticut put up some runs."

The Bulldogs scored six of their eight runs with two outs.

Doyle started the scoring in the bottom of the third. Leadoff hitter P.J. Gorynski (Queens, N.Y.) was walked and Justin Ankney (Ft. Myers, Fla.) followed that up with single to left. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, UConn hurler John Folino got both Marc Sawyer (Largo, Fla.) and John Janco (Cannonsburg, Pa.) to strike out, sending Doyle to the plate. He wasted no time in doubling to left, scoring the first two runs of the game.

His hit was followed up by another double, this one off the bat of freshman Ryan Lavarnway (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and a single from Charles Bush (Jackson, Miss.) to score two more.

"P.J. did an outstanding job getting on base today," Stuper said. "And Jake did a great job picking up his teammates with two-out hits."

Yale tacked on two more in the fourth inning, Doyle again picking up the big hit. With Gorynski and Ankney on base again, Doyle sent a base hit to left sending both men home. He would finish two for five with four RBI. He leads the team with nine.

The beneficiary of all the early support was lefty starter Mike Elias (Alexandria, Va.). He cruised through the first four innings, allowing only one runner to reach second base. The southpaw ran into trouble in the fifth and had to be lifted.

"Mike pitched outstanding for four innings today," Stuper said. "He hadn't pitched that long in a game for about three years. He did a great job."

All told the Huskies would scratch across five runs in the stanza to cut it to 6-5.

With the bases loaded and two out Irving came out of the pen to end the threat, getting Husky catcher Steven Malinowski to line out to left.

"Brian did a phenomenal job holding UConn at bay," said Stuper. "He came in and got a big out when we needed it."

Yale responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame to establish a three run lead that they would take into the ninth inning.

Irving quickly picked up two outs on a pair of grounders to the infield, but was denied a perfect inning when Pedro Obregon's (Miami, Fla.) throw to first sailed high, allowing the inning to continue.

A single and a double would bring two runs home, bringing UConn to within one at 8-7, but Stuper then inserted closer Brett Rosenthal (Irving, Texas) to record the final out, preserving the win. It was his second save in as many games.

Irving picked up the victory, his first of the season, allowing only a pair of unearned runs on four hits in four innings. Folino took the loss giving up six runs in three and two-thirds innings pitched.

"UConn is a good club," said Stuper. "They had a good club last year and I expect them to be even better this year. They never gave up and battled to the end."

The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday afternoon when they take on Valpariso at 2:30.

Report Filed By Hank Gargiulo, Yale Sports Publicity