March 13, 2007
DAVIDSON, N.C.--The Bulldogs put up five runs in three separate innings, and every starter scored at least once, as the Yale baseball team (4-3) erupted for 18 runs and 21 hits in an 18-13 victory over Davidson (10-6) Tuesday afternoon at Wilson Field. Justin Ankney, Josh Cox, Stephen Miehls and Trey Rallis each had three hits in the victory.
Yale got going immediately, batting around in the top of the first. The Bulldogs tallied five runs in the inning on just two hits. After P.J. Gorynski walked, Ankney smashed a double. Marc Sawyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Davidson starter Chris Kennedy threw eight consecutive balls to bring Gorynski and Ankney across. Following a strikeout, another bases loaded walk to Davis Stanley made the score 3-0. Rallis belted a single, just the second hit of the rally, to knock in two more runs and knock Kennedy out of the game.
The Wildcats made it 5-3 after plating two runs in the first and another in the second.
Leading 7-4 in the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs batted around for the second time. Pedro Obregon got the inning started with his third home run of the season. Stanley was hit by a pitch and Rallis singled, then Cox roped an RBI double to the wall in right-centerfield. Stanley scored easily, and the relay throw home beat Rallis to the plate. However, Davidson catcher J.P. Craven dropped the ball, allowing the run to score. Craven committed two errors on the play--Cox took third when he overthrew the plate. Cox later scored on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats notched five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded, Doug Grunwald pinch hit for Craven and laced a bases-clearing double. Grunwald later scored on an Ankney error.
Miehls whacked his second homer in as many days in the top of the sixth, but the Wildcats tallied two runs in their half of the inning to make the score 13-11 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Yale put the game away with a five-spot in the seventh. Ankney doubled to leadoff the inning and scored on Ryan Lavarnway's third homer of the season. Obregon doubled and Miehls singled, then Davidson's control issues returned. Reliever Bobby DeMuro threw a wild pitch to bring Obregon home, then loaded the bases on back-to-back walks. Charles Bush singled home two runs to finish off the Bulldogs' scoring.
There was a total of 31 runs, 41 hits, five errors, and 24 runners left on base in the game. Neither side was retired in order all afternoon, as each team tallied at least one hit in every half-inning.
Cox went 3-for-7 with two RBIs. Ankney, Lavarnway, Obregon and Miehls all scored three runs, and Lavarnway added three RBIs. With a 3-for-5 day, Rallis posted the first hits of his collegiate career. He also recorded his first two career RBIs. Brandon Josselyn started on the mound for the Bulldogs and went four innings. Joe Castaldi (1-0) tossed 3.1 innings of relief to pick up his first collegiate win.
Rob Wilson, Blake Osborn and Grunwald all had three hits for the Wildcats. Grunwald went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs after entering the game in the fifth inning. Gregory Zage and Chris FitzPatrick each scored three times for Davidson.
After sweeping a three-game set last year, the Bulldogs have now won four straight against the Wildcats. Yale and Davidson conclude the two-game set with a 4 p.m. matchup on Wednesday.
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity