Bulldogs Top NYIT for Fifth Straight Win
April 12, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale baseball team used 11 runs, 13 hits, nine pitchers and most of its position players to win its fifth straight game, 11-5 against the New York Institute of Technology on Tuesday afternoon at Yale Field.
Eight different Elis registered hits, including Marc Sawyer, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run, and Justin Ankney, who had three hits, three runs and one batted in. Josh Cox also tallied a pair of hits to go with two RBI for the Bulldogs (15-10). Jake Doyle came off the bench to score two runs.
Chris Wietlispach (1-1) picked up his first career win by retiring three Bears in the fifth. He struck out one and walked one, but caught that runner off second base to end the inning. Alex Christ, Mike Elias and Colin Ward-Henninger all pitched hitless innings. Steve Gilman started the game.
Yale got on the board in the bottom of the second, when Cox hit a ball hard down the third base line. The ball bounced off the bag and into the Yale bullpen for a double. C.J. Orrico, who was hit by a pitch, scored all the way from first.
NYIT (9-13) scored three runs on three singles to leftfield, a walk and a passed ball in the top of the third. David Johnson had the big blow, a hard liner to score Brian Nentwig and Mike Kenefick. Bryan Pastor scored on the passed ball to make it 3-1.
Ankney slammed a one-out triple to right center and scored on a Sawyer sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. Later in the inning, rightfielder Christian Diez reached over the fence to take a two-run homer away from Pedro Obregon that would have given Yale the lead.
After NYIT scored two runs in the top of the sixth, Yale answered with another four-spot to put the game out of reach. P.J. Gorynski led off a triple to deep right center, and Chris Esper followed with a double off the wall. Doyle reached on an error that scored Esper and came in himself on an Ankney double. After a Sawyer single, Austin Mills hit a towering fly that hit the top of the fence and plated Ankney for a 10-5 Yale lead.
The Bulldogs had seven extra-base hits and were robbed of a couple more when Mills could not advance past first on his long fly because of the runners in front of him and on the catch by Diez on Obregon. John Janco returned the favor on that one, reaching above the short rightfield fence to grab a Johnson fly in the eighth.
Johnson, Kenefick and Mike McMillan each had two of the 10 NYIT hits. Johnson and McMillan drove in two apiece. Bears starter Julian Richards was the victim of several errors, allowing six runs, just two earned, in 4.2 innings and taking the loss.
Yale next travels to Harvard for its first games within the Red Rolfe division, doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity