First Inning Success Leads Bulldogs to Sweep of Pioneers

First Inning Success Leads Bulldogs to Sweep of Pioneers

April 12, 2006

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First Inning Success Leads Bulldogs to Sweep of Pioneers Rosenthal Breaks Single-Season Save Record in Game One

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Behind two fantastic pitching performances, the Yale baseball team swept intrastate rivals Sacred Heart in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday evening at Yale Field. Senior Mike Elias (Alexandria, Va.) pitched five shutout innings in game one to lead Yale to a 1-0 shutout victory, and freshman Stefan Schropp (Ft. Myers, Fla.) followed with five shutout innings of his own in game two as Yale won 6-2.

The Bulldogs would score all they would need in the first inning of game one. After Josh Cox (Gainesville, Fla.) and P.J. Gorynski (Queens, N.Y.) singled to lead off the inning, John Janco (Cannonsburg, Pa.) drove Cox home from second with a one-out RBI single for the only run of the game.

Elias (1-1) then went to work making sure the Pioneers were kept off the board. He allowed only one runner to reach third base while surrendering only three hits without issuing a walk. He struck out one.

After the first inning SHU starter Mike Milazzo matched Elias inning-for-inning, settling down to strike out six in the complete game effort.

Elias departed after the fifth, making way for the combination of Matt Fealey (Queens, N.Y.) and Brett Rosenthal (Irving, Texas). The duo pitched shutout innings in the sixth and seventh, respectively, to close the door.

Rosenthal earned his ninth save of the season and now owns the school's single-season save mark.

Milazzo (2-1) was the tough-luck loser for the Pioneers.

The first inning was also kind to Yale in game two. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the opening frame on the strength of five hits while sending 11 men to the dish.

With Cox and Gorynski already on the base paths with hits, junior Jake Doyle (Wilmington, Del.) extended his team lead in RBIs with a run-scoring single to center field. He would also plate a run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly and now has 27 RBIs on the season.

Janco then walked to load the bases before Ryan Lavarnway (Woodland Hills, Calif.) plated Gorynski with an RBI fielder's choice.

Freshman Charles Bush (Jackson, Miss.) followed by drawing a walk of his own to load the bases, and this time Eric Rasmussen (Brewster, Mass.) came up with the bases juiced.

The senior catcher delivered with a well struck single to center field to score a pair.

Dan Soltman (Evanston, Ill.) concluded the scoring in the inning by hitting a seeing-eye single through the left side to plate Bush. That hit knocked out Pioneer starter John Wolf.

That would be all the support Schropp (2-1) needed. He struck out a career-high eight batters, including six looking, without walking anybody. He surrendered just one hit, a Phil Tantillo single through the box in the third.

The Pioneers rallied for a pair of runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles from Jason Maiella and Josh Enos to get within four at 6-2, but reliever Steve Gilman (Annandale, N.Y.) recovered to get out of the inning before any further damage was done.

The Pioneers did get a baserunner in the seventh, but freshman Chris Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) buckled down and got out of the inning unscathed to preserve the victory.

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, April 15, hosting rivals Harvard in the first of two crucial Ivy League doubleheaders. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Report filed by Hank Gargiulo, Yale Sports Publicity