Yale Deals Shutout, Comeback in Penn Sweep

April 10, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Eric Rasmussen's sacrifice fly to center scored Jake Doyle to cap a three-run seventh inning and give the Yale baseball team a 7-6 come-from-behind win against Penn in the second game of a doubleheader at Yale Field. Josh Sowers threw a three-hit shutout in the opening game, as Yale won 2-0.

Justin Ankney and Marc Sawyer each had three hits on the day for the Bulldogs (14-10, 5-3 Ivy League), who completed a 4-0 weekend. Ankney and C.J. Orrico each drove in three runs.

Game 1

Sowers (4-0) was dominant throughout, striking out eight batters and walking none for his third complete game and second shutout in six starts this season. He allowed three hits, with only two runners reaching second and one making it to third. Sowers struck out at least one batter in every inning except the seventh and improved his ERA to 1.13.

Ankney went 2-for-4 to lead the Bulldogs at the plate. Every Yale batter reached base at least once.

Penn starter Josh Appell scattered seven hits and five walks and struck out one in 4.1 innings. Remington Chin finished the game for the Quakers (8-18, 5-7) with 1.2 hitless innings. Sean Abate went 2-for-3 for Penn.

The Bulldogs used a two-out rally to grab the lead in the bottom of the fourth. After the first two batters were retired, Doyle and Rasmussen drew walks, and Chris Esper singled to center to score Doyle for a 1-0 lead. After Zac Bradley walked to load the bases, Ankney's line drive went right to the third baseman, who dove to catch it without having time to take a step.

In the fifth, Josh Zabar singled to center with one out and was lifted for the speedy Josh Cox. The Elis perfectly executed a hit-and-run when Cox took off and Matt Stone grounded the ball through the space vacated by the covering second baseman. Orrico then blooped a single behind the first baseman to plate Cox with the final run.

Penn threatened when it was down to its last out in the seventh. Abate singled to rightfield and moved to second on a passed ball. When an error allowed the next batter to reach, Abate tried to score from second and was thrown out at the plate by second baseman Bradley. Rasmussen applied the tag to end the game.

Game 2

The Bulldogs entered the seventh inning trailing 6-4, but Sawyer singled and John Janco walked to chase Penn starter Brian Cirri. With one out, Zabar singled to plate Sawyer, and Orrico singled home Stone, who had reached on a fielder's choice. An errant throw by the leftfielder allowed Orrico and Doyle, who pinchran for Zabar, to move up a base. Rasmussen took advantage with his flyout to center.

Adam Barrick (1-1) relieved Jon Hollis with one on and one out in the top of the seventh, retiring two batters to get the win. Hollis allowed three earned runs on six hits, striking out seven with two walks.

Brett Rosenthal retired all six batters he faced, three by strikeout, for his third save of the season and second of the weekend.

Ankney ripped a two-out, three-run double to complete a four-run second inning for the Bulldogs. Matt Stone led off the inning with a double that fell just inside the leftfield line, moved to second on a Josh Zabar flyout and scored on an Orrico groundout. Rassmussen was hit with a pitch and Esper and Bradley singled to set up Ankney's shot that landed just out of the reach of the diving rightfielder.

Behind a three-run homer by Spencer Witte, the Quakers tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the fourth. Kyle Armeny singled and scored after hits by Nate Moffie and Abate. Witte then hit a high fly that hung inside the leftfield line long enough to clear the fence and knot the score at 4-4.

Evan Sobel put Penn up 6-4 with a bases-loaded single up the middle in the top of the sixth to score Abate and Bryan Graves. Sobel had two hits for the Quakers, and Abate scored twice.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity

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