April 18, 2004
WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Josh Sowers allowed one run and five hits in a complete game performance and Matt Stone went 4-for-4 with two RBI to pace Yale to a 5-1 win in the opener as the Bulldogs split a doubleheader with Harvard on Sunday afternoon at Yale Field. In the nightcap, Marc Hordon went 3-for-5 with five RBI to lead the Crimson to an 11-5 victory. The Bulldogs, now 8-4 in Ivy play, are tied with Harvard for second place in the Red Rolfe division behind Dartmouth (9-3).
In game one, Yale (13-15, 8-4 Ivy) scored one run in each of the first four innings. Randy Leonard began the first inning rally with a one-out single and advanced to third on a Marc Sawyer double. Stone singled up the middle to score Leonard. Leonard added a RBI-single in the second and Pedro Obregon had a run-scoring base hit in the third.
In the fourth, Justin Ankney had leadoff single to right and moved up to second on a Leonard sac bunt. Sawyer, who went 5-for-8 today and now leads the team with a .398 batting average, doubled to score Ankney to give Yale a 4-0 advantage.
Sowers (3-2), who retired 13 of the final 14 batters, gave up a sacrifice fly to Zak Farkes to account for Harvard's only run and did not allow a hit after the third in the seven inning contest. Frank Herrmann (3-2) surrendered three runs and six hits over 2.2 innings to take the loss.
In game two, Harvard (14-13-1, 8-4 Ivy) scored four runs in the seventh to break a 5-5 tie, capped by a Hordon three-run, base-clearing triple down the left field line off Doug Shimokawa (0-2). Lance Salsgiver pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Crimson. Harvard scored four in the first with Hordon delivering a two-out, two-run single off Yale starter Mike Mongiardini. With runners on the corners, Hordon stole second and on the throw to second Schuyler Mann scored. Rob Wheeler added an RBI-single to cap the inning.
Mongiardini settled down, allowing only one run after the first and working into the sixth before being relieved by Shimokawa.
Yale stormed back for four in the bottom of the first off Trey Hendricks (5-1), as Zac Bradley worked a leadoff walk followed by an Ankney single. Sawyer then singled home Bradley and Stone singled home Ankney. Leonard sacrificed Sawyer to third and Bradley to second. C.J. Orrico grounded out to score Sawyer and John Janco, who started at DH in the second game and went 4-for-4, singled home Bradley to tie the game.
Harvard's Josh Klimkiewicz homered to lead off the fifth give the Crimson a 5-4 lead and the Bulldogs answered with a run in the sixth on a Chris Esper RBI-single.
The Bulldogs return to action to host Hartford on Tuesday, April 20, at 3 p.m. at Yale Field. This game was added to the schedule in the middle of the season.
Yale travels to Hanover, N.H., next weekend to face first-place Dartmouth in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.