Iona Edges Yale, 7-6
April 7, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale baseball team scored all six of its runs in the final four innings, however Iona held on for a 7-6 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Yale Field. Eric Rasmussen went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Chris Esper, C.J. Orrico and Marc Sawyer each had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Yale battled back from a 5-0 deficit, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth. Sawyer led off the inning with an infield single and reached second on a passed ball. Pedro Obregon followed with a single to right to put runners on the corners and Matt Stone laid down a sac bunt to advance Obregon to second. Jake Doyle grounded out to score Sawyer, however Iona closer Brian Parish was able to record the final out, strand the tying run at second and record his second save of the season.
Yale (7-13) rallied for three runs in the sixth, trimming Iona's lead to 5-3. Sawyer led off with a walk and two batters later Stone followed with a one-out, run-scoring double. Stone stole third and scored on a Doyle ground out. Orrico then singled through the right side and scored on a Rasmussen double to right center.
Doyle, who is now 10-for-17 with 11 RBI over his last four games, led off the eighth with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Orrico followed with an infield hit and Rasmussen then singled home Doyle for Yale's fourth run. Orrico would later score on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Iona (6-17) scored three in the first on only one hit. Rob Fortner-Villanova (2-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 runs) doubled home Matt Callahan for the Gaels' first run and blasted a solo home run to right in the fifth inning, his eighth of the season, to give Iona a 5-0 advantage.
Marty Hand (1-5) picked up the win, giving up three runs and eight hits over 5.2 innings. John Janco (0-2) took the loss.
Yale hosts Princeton on Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.