Smith Leads Elis Past Minutemen
March 13, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. - Alec Smith pitched a complete game to lead the Yale baseball team to a 6-1 victory against Massachusetts at Academy Park. Matt Stone led the Bulldog offense with three hits and two runs.
Smith (1-1) struck out seven, walked one and gave up seven hits. He allowed only four runners to reach second base, none with less than two outs.
The Elis (2-6) broke out of an offensive slump with four runs on four hits in the first inning. Justin Ankney drove the first pitch from UMass pitcher Jeremy Demers (1-2) deep down the leftfield line for a leadoff double and scored on a single by Marc Sawyer.
After Stone singled for Yale's third straight hit and Josh Zabar drew a one-out walk, Jake Doyle pulled a hit down the third base line. The UMass third baseman made a sliding play, but had no time to throw anyone out, and Sawyer came in to make it 2-0. Stone and Zabar scored on a two-out error by the Minutemen (2-6).
Ankney, who also led off the second with a double, went 2-for-5, as did Doyle and Sawyer. Doyle had two RBI.
Chris Esper singled home Doyle to put Yale up 5-0 in the top of the third. After Zabar led off the frame by singling to left, Doyle reached on a fielder's choice. Eric Rasmussen singled to rightfield and C.J. Orrico walked to load the bases for Esper, who came through with a hard-hit single to left.
The Minutemen scored their only run in the fourth with a two-out rally. Curt Szado was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Michael Weiner single. Bryan Garrity drove him home to cut the Eli lead to 5-1.
The Bulldogs played good defense throughout the game. In the fifth, Esper made a long run to prevent a ball from blooping into shallow left field. The next batter, Derrick Durepo, tried to lay down a two-out bunt, but Smith picked up the ball on the move and threw to first for the out as his momentum carried him over the first base line and gave him an angle to throw around the runner.
Yale tacked on its final run in the eighth inning. Stone started off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. He scored on a two-out single down the leftfield line by Doyle.
Anthony Santos hit two doubles for UMass, and Garrity was 2-for-2. Aaron Smith struck out eight and allowed five hits and a run in five and two-thirds innings of relief.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity