March 28, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Yale's home opener wasn't supposed to go like this. The Bulldogs (6-13) surrendered 18 runs, including 10 in the sixth inning, and 20 hits to Connecticut (10-10) in an 18-7 Husky victory Wednesday afternoon at Yale Field.
The Huskies got started right away, scoring one run in the first and three in the second off starter Chris Wietlispach (0-3). The Bulldogs cut their deficit to 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the third, as an RBI base hit by Marc Sawyer capped a string where four successive Yale batters singled.
It stayed 4-2 until the top of the sixth, when Connecticut broke it open with 10 runs on seven hits. Brad Olt singled to leadoff the frame, then came across on Josh Farkes' home run to left field. Brian Irving got the next two hitters on a popout and a caught stealing, but a single, double and intentional walk loaded the bases for Matt Untiet. Steve Gilman came in to face the UConn first baseman, but surrendered a two-run single. Ten consecutive Huskies reached base, and eight in a row scored. John Henry Davis yielded a bases-clearing double to Peter Fatse before retiring the next hitter to get out of the inning.
Connecticut plated two more in the top of the seventh before Yale put up a three-spot in its half of the inning. Stephen Miehls roped a leadoff double and came around on Josh Cox's two-bagger. Justin Ankney followed and crushed his first home run of the year to right-center. Each team tallied two in the ninth to finish off the scoring.
Fourteen of the Huskies' 18 runs came with two outs. Every Connecticut starter had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Fatse was 2-for-4 with five RBIs, and Farkes went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs. Pat Mahoney went 4-for-6 at the plate for the Huskies. Robert Van Woert (3-1) gave up two runs and nine hits while striking out four in six innings to earn the win.
Ankney, who was 1-for-his last 16 coming in, broke out of his slump in a big way, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Cox finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Ryan Lavarnway extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a 3-for-5 afternoon. Nine different hurlers got into the game for the Bulldogs. Chris Finneran, Matthew Smith, Brandon Josselyn and Chris Walsh each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
Yale is back on the road this weekend to open Ivy League play. The Bulldogs head to Cornell for a doubleheader Saturday at 11:30 a.m., then visit Princeton for two games starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity