March 18, 2005
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Josh Sowers struck out 11 batters, including two with the tying run on second in the seventh and final inning, on the way to a complete-game shutout as the Yale baseball team defeated Sacred Heart 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Harbor Yard.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the seventh to come back to win the second game. The teams were scheduled to meet twice more Sunday, but will instead play one game Saturday at 3 p.m., due to poor weather forecast for Sunday.
Sowers has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings. He pitched seven scoreless in his previous start, the first game of a doubleheader against Georgetown, but the Hoyas won that game 1-0 in nine. Against Sacred Heart, the senior righthander allowed four hits and struck out five batters in the last two innings alone. He gave up one walk.
It was the third complete game in the last four games for the Elis. Alec Smith went the distance in a 6-1 win against Massachusetts on Sunday, and Jon Hollis threw a complete game in a 5-3 win against Radford on Tuesday.
Sowers won a pitcher's duel with Robert Duell of the Pioneers (1-11). Duell surrendered five hits and struck out five. He did not walk a batter.
Matt Stone tallied the game's lone run for Yale (4-7) in the top of the fourth. He lined a two-strike pitch to rightfield for a leadoff single. John Janco followed him with a double just inside the third-base bag. Mike Gulker then grounded to second to bring home Stone.
After opening the bottom of the fourth with his fifth strikeout of the day, Sowers gave up a fly ball by Anthony Diaz to center that got over the outfielder's head for a triple. Jay Monti was hit by a pitch, and the next batter tried to bunt, but got the ball in the air towards second base. Sowers made a diving catch over his left shoulder. Diaz was already standing at home, so Sowers got up and jogged a few steps toward third before flipping to Stone for the easy double play.
Monti led off the bottom of the seventh by dropping a base hit into centerfield. Jamie Morales laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinchrunner Adam Farino into scoring position before Sowers got the final two batters swinging to end it.
Sowers struck out the side in the sixth.
Chris Esper was 2-for-2 for the Elis, and Curtis Lewsey went 2-for-2 and reached base three times for the Pioneers.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity