April 20, 2005

Game 1 Rally Highlights Sweep of Stags

April 20, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the second inning to defeat Fairfield 9-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Yale Field, then shut down the Stags in a 6-1 victory in the second game to finish up the sweep.

Lefties Mike Elias and Alex Christ recorded wins for the Bulldogs (18-13), while Matt Stone was the offensive star, going 5-for-7 with a homer, two doubles, four runs and two RBI.

Game 1

The Bulldogs tallied two runs in the second inning and four in the third to turn the big early deficit to a 6-5 edge. Jake Doyle led off the second with a double into the rightfield corner. After C.J. Orrico drew a walk, the two pulled off a double steal, then came in on back-to-back singles by Eric Rasmussen and Chris Esper.

Stone cut the lead to 5-3 with a one-out blast over the trees in left in the third. With two outs, the Bulldogs loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman. A run scored when reliever Dan Breen hit Josh Cox on the arm, bringing in Orrico. Justin Ankney then laced a single to center to plate Rasmussen and Esper.

Elias pitched 3.2 innings without surrendering a run to pick up his second win. He allowed a hit to score a pair of inherited runners and walked the next batter, but induced a ground ball to Stone at third for a double play to end the third and pitched solidly through the fifth inning.

Yale added two runs in the fourth when Doyle hit another double to score Stone and came in on an Orrico single. Orrico added another RBI in the sixth, plating Stone, who had doubled, and then hustling around to second for a two-bagger of his own.

Stone was 3-for-4 with three runs. Doyle and Orrico added two hits and two runs apiece. Chris Wietlispach got the start for Yale and went 1.1 innings. Matt Fealey pitched a scoreless sixth, and Brian Irving finished it, surrendering a run in the seventh.

The Stags (7-25) tallied their first two runs on four hits to open the game. They added another on two singles, a hit batter and a walk. That left the bases loaded for Elias, who allowed John Scaife's single to score two runs before settling down.

Jim Girolamo, Doug Anderson and Mark Chilelli each had two hits for Fairfield. Anderson joined Scaife with two RBI, while Girolamo and Mark Geanuleas scored twice.

Game 2

Yale starter Christ allowed a run on four hits and struck out three in his three scheduled innings for his first career win. Steve Gilman pitched two scoreless innings, and Adam Barrick and Colin Ward-Henninger added one each. Barrick did not allow a hit, and Ward-Henninger struck out two.

After Geanuleas led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on an Anderson single to give Fairfield another first-inning lead, Pedro Obregon's throw got away from catcher P.J. Gorynski, who got the ball to Alex Christ covering the plate to tag out Brian Rudolph.

Yale batted around for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ankney was hit by a pitch between singles by Zac Bradley and Marc Sawyer to tie the game before the first out. John Janco gave Yale the lead with a sacrifice fly to center. Stone later doubled to plate Sawyer and came in on an Obregon grounder.

Josh Zabar made it 6-1 with a bases-loaded single in the fifth, his third hit of the game, scoring Janco and Sawyer. Zabar was 3-for-3, while Sawyer and Stone each had two hits. David Soucy had two hits for the Stags.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity

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