Bulldogs Come Back for Sweep, Will Play Again Saturday

Bulldogs Come Back for Sweep, Will Play Again Saturday

March 18, 2005

Box Score

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Matt Stone hit a sacrifice fly to center to score John Janco, capping a three-run, final-inning comeback as the Yale baseball team edged Sacred Heart 4-3 in the second game of a doubleheader at Harbor Yard.

The win completed a sweep of the day's games, with Josh Sowers striking out 11 in seven innings in the first 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.

Janco and Marc Sawyer had RBI hits to tie the score in the seventh. With Yale (5-7) down 3-1, Eric Rasmussen led off with a walk and was lifted for P.J. Gorynski, who moved to second when Zac Bradley bunted and was thrown out at first by a fraction of a step. After Gorynski advanced another base on a passed ball and C.J. Orrico battled from behind in the count by fouling off a pair of two-strike pitches to draw a walk, Janco delivered a double off the fence in rightfield to score Gorynski.

Mike Gulker pinch hit and was intentionally walked to load the bases. Sawyer hit a ball deep into the shortstop hole to reach on an infield hit and bring home Orrico with the tying run. Stone came up next and hit the ball in the air, deep enough to score the tagging Janco.

Brett Rosenthal picked up his first career win in relief of Mike Mongiardini. Rosenthal retired all five batters he faced, striking out two of them. Mongiardini struck out six and allowed eight hits, three on infield singles, and two earned runs without walking a batter.

Sacred Heart's Chris Aldrich threw six strong innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and a walk. Rob Tenzca and Josh Enos each went 2-for-3 for the Pioneers (1-12).

It looked like the Bulldogs might put up some runs early. Josh Zabar and Jake Doyle reached to start the second and were bunted over by Rasmussen, but Aldrich got the final two batters to escape unscathed. Chris Esper singled up the middle to lead off the third and advanced a base on each of the next two outs, but Pioneer centerfielder Anthony Diaz charged in and made a sliding catch to rob Stone of a hit and an RBI.

After Mongiardini struck out the leadoff man and got the next batter to ground out in the bottom of the third, David Kaloyanides reached base on a swinging bunt that landed between the pitcher and catcher. Kaloyanides stole second and scored on a Tenzca single. Curtis Lewsey added a hit to move Tenzca to third. The Pioneers tried to grab another run by stealing home, but Rasmussen took Mongiardini's 1-1 pitch and applied the tag on Tenzca to end the inning.

The Bulldogs turned a double play on a bunt for the second straight game. Enos started the fourth with a single. The next batter popped up a bunt, and Rasmussen grabbed it and threw to first to double off Enos. It was the third runner the Elis retired on the bases in the game. Mongiardini picked off a runner in the second.

Justin Ankney snuck single between the outstretched arms of the SHU third baseman and shortstop to plate Bradley and tie the game at 1-1. Bradley pinch ran for Pedro Obregon, who reached on a passed ball, stole second and moved to third on a balk.

Diaz knocked home Tenzca with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Tenzca led off with a single to center, moved to second on an error on an Enos fielder's choice and came around when Diaz singled through the left side. Enos later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity