March 14, 2005

Bulldogs Fall to Indiana in Florida Finale

March 14, 2005

Box Score

BRADENTON, Fla. - Indiana freshman righthander Brad Davidson pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Hoosiers to an 8-0 win against in the Yale baseball team at Academy Park in the Bulldogs' final game in Florida.

Davidson (2-0) struck out six, walked one and limited Yale (2-7) to five hits. Jay Brant notched four hits and three runs to pace the offense for the Hoosiers (9-3), and Joe Kemp added two hits, two runs and three RBI.

Justin Ankney and Matt Stone singled in the Yale first, but two Bulldogs struck out and Hoosier centerfielder Reggie Watson ran down Josh Zabar's fly to center to end the inning.

Freshman lefty Alex Christ (0-1), making his first collegiate start, recorded a strikeout against Watson to begin the first and got the next man to fly out to center. Joe Kemp then singled through the right side and came around on a double to deep right by Ryan Parker for a 1-0 lead.

Jay Brant hit a ball deep into the hole at shortstop for a one-out single in the bottom of the third. He stole second and third and scored to make it 2-0 on a Kemp sacrifice fly to right center.

Tough luck cost the Elis some runs in the top of the fourth. Stone slammed a double to left center to lead off the frame. Marc Sawyer followed with a hit through the right side, and Zabar walked to load the bases. Jake Doyle smoked a low line drive, but it went right to the IU shortstop, who threw to second for the double play. Davidson struck out the next batter to strand runners on first and third.

Stone, who had three hits in Sunday's win against UMass, collected two base knocks against the Hoosiers.

Christ went three and one-third innings, allowing three hits and two runs and striking out two. Chris Wietlispach relieved him with two runners on in the fourth and induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

In the IU fifth, Brant doubled to plate Watson, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Kurt Weigle doubled to plate two more in the sixth, and a Kemp two-bagger scored Brant in the seventh. Kemp came home on a Corby Heckman sacrifice fly to make it 8-0.

Zabar kept Indiana from adding another run in the bottom of the eighth. With two on and two out, Brant singled through the left side, but Zabar picked up the ball and fired home to get Tyler Cox trying to score.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity

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