Josselyn Stifles Holy Cross in 8-2 Win

March 21, 2009

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Brandon Josselyn hurled six no-hit innings, and the Yale baseball team got hits from 10 different players en route to posting an 8-2 win over Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. Sophomore right fielder Andrew Kolmar drove in two of the Bulldogs' eight runs with an RBI double.

With the win, Yale splits the two-game series with the Crusaders to improve to 4-6. Holy Cross fell to 4-13 with losses to the Elis and Quinnipiac on the afternoon.

"Three of our four wins have followed a formula: good pitching, solid defense and clutch hitting," said John Stuper, Mazzuto Family Head Coach for Baseball at Yale. "Brandon was outstanding on the mound today, and Matt Schmidt put on a defensive clinic at shortstop."

Josselyn was masterful through seven innings on the day to improve his record to 2-2. He allowed just two base runners through the first six frames, both reaching via base on balls, until surrendering a slow roller to lead of the seventh inning that turned into the Crusaders' first hit of the afternoon. Josselyn went on to allow just three hits and two earned runs in his seven innings of work. He also struck out four and walked two.

Offensively, sophomore third baseman Andy Megee led the way with a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly and a run scored in five at-bats. Sophomore designated hitter Andrew Moore also had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Matt Schmidt, who played a flawless shortstop on the day, was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Kolmar was the lone Bulldogs with two runs batted in for the game.

The Elis started the scoring in the second inning, sparked by a one-out error by the Crusaders that allowed freshman left fielder Charlie Neil to reach base safely. Neil then took second on an errant pick-off attempt from Holy Cross starter Bobby Holmes before coming home on an RBI single from Moore.

While Josselyn continued to mow down the Crusaders, Yale added to its lead in the fourth frame. Neil led off the inning with a double, and Moore and senior catcher Davis Stanley were both hit by pitches to load the bases with none out. Two batters later, Schmidt came through with a base hit that moved all three runners 90 feet and ran the score to 2-0. Sophomore second baseman Gant Elmore was the third Eli to be hit by a pitch in the inning, plating Moore and leaving the bases loaded. A single by senior center fielder Stefan Schropp and Megee's sacrifice fly wrapped up the scoring, with Yale holding a comfortable 5-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs would added two more in the seventh inning on Kolmar's two-run double, making the lead 7-0 before the Crusaders would even muster a base hit off of Josselyn.

The bottom of the seventh marked the first hit for Holy Cross, as John Sills' infield single to lead off the inning broke up Josselyn's no-hitter. A double from Tim Hughes plated Sills, and Hughes then trotted home on a two-out single by Billy Cupelo. Josselyn finished out the inning, though, inducing a Matt Perry comebacker and leaving the contest slated for the win with a 7-2 lead.

Yale tacked another run onto its lead in the top of the eighth, as Megee led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, freshman designated hitter Zach Tobolowsky, who had pinch-run for Moore in the seventh inning, slapped a single to plate Megee with the Bulldogs' eighth and final run of the afternoon.

The six-run lead was more than enough for the Yale bullpen. Junior Robert Gruber struck out the side in the eighth inning and freshman Eric Shultz tossed a scoreless ninth to preserve the 8-2 victory.

Holmes surrendered five hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings for Holy Cross to fall to 0-4.

"I'd like to be better than 4-6 right now," said Stuper. "But this was a great win to wrap-up the trip."

Yale Field will see its first action of 2009 on Wednesday afternoon as the Bulldogs play host to Connecticut at 3:30 p.m. The Ivy League slate begins this weekend when the Bulldogs trek to Princeton and Cornell for a quartet of leag

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity