March 20, 2007
BRADENTON, Fla.--Stefan Schropp and Brian Irving pitched well enough to win on Tuesday, but the defense behind them just wasn't there. The Bulldogs (5-9) committed five errors, which led to six unearned runs in a 7-2 loss to Jacksonville State (10-11) at Academy Park. The loss was Yale's fifth straight.
Schropp (2-1) got the start and struck out four in 5.2 innings. He yielded an unearned run in the top of the second, and it looked like that might hold up, as a pitchers' duel developed between Schropp and Jacksonville State starter Jon Clements.
The Gamecocks took advantage of another Yale error in the top of the sixth to open up a 5-0 lead. Kyle McCreary doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Allen Rose's single. With two outs and two runners on, Dan Soltman misplayed a chopper that would have ended the inning. Both runners scored on the error. The next batter was Daniel Adamson, who tripled home the fourth run of the frame.
A Jacksonville State error led to the first Yale run in the bottom half of the inning. Justin Ankeny's grounder rolled right through the legs of second baseman Nick Cleckler. Marc Sawyer, Ryan Lavarnway and Charles Bush all followed with singles to cut the Gamecocks' lead to 5-2.
Irving, who was pitching on two days' rest, was excellent in 3.1 innings of relief. Irving allowed just one hit and struck out four. However, he, too, was victimized by Yale's poor defense. In the top of the ninth, two errors and a walk loaded the bases for Clay Whittemore, who roped a two-run single to right. Irving induced a double play one batter later, but the Bulldogs went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Yale out-hit Jacksonville State 10-8, as Ankney, Sawyer, Lavarnway and Bush all had two-hit days.
Clements (1-2) earned the win after giving up six hits and striking out four in five scoreless innings. Brett Harris pitched four innings of four-hit relief to grab the save. Kyle McCreary was the only Gamecock with two hits. McCreary and Allen Rose each scored two runs, while Whittemore drove in two.
The Bulldogs have one game remaining in Bradenton before heading north. Yale takes on Ohio State at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Buckeyes posted an 11-3 victory when the teams met on Monday.
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity