March 15, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. - Jon Hollis threw Yale's second complete game in three days and Eric Rasmussen tallied three hits, including a two-run home run, as the Bulldogs defeated Radford 5-3 at Duke's Jack Coombs Field.
Hollis (1-0) struck out eight and allowed one earned run and eight hits, only one in the final five innings. He struck out thee of the final Highlander batters, getting one to strand two runners in the eighth and two in a row with a man on in the ninth.
Rasmussen notched the game's biggest hit to put Yale (3-7) up in the second. After Radford starter Justin Tubb retired the first two batters of the inning, Mike Gulker battled back from an 0-2 count and reached on an error. Rasmussen then smashed his homer high over the leftfield fence. C.J. Orrico followed with a triple to right center and scored on an error to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 edge.
Radford (2-12) struck back with three runs in the third. Steve Mignogna led off with a double, advanced to third on an error and came in on a ground ball by Alan Ashworth. Two Radford singles and two more Yale errors plated the three runs, but only Mignogna's was earned. Hollis got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Nate Toth singled to start the Highlander fourth, but Hollis retired the next three batters, and Radford did not record another hit until the eighth inning.
Yale put the winning runs on the board in the top of the seventh. Chris Esper led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a Justin Ankney single. The runners moved up, with Esper scoring the go-ahead run, on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Matt Stone knocked in an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to right that brought Ankney home.
Tubb did not allow an earned run in six innings. Derek Creger (0-1) suffered the relief loss. Mignogna, Kellen Wohlford and Mark Fleisher each got two hits for the Highlanders.
In addition to his 3-for-4 day at the plate, Rasmussen was effective behind it, throwing out two runners trying to steal.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity