April 24, 2004
HANOVER, N.H. - The Yale baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Dartmouth, losing 7-3 in game one and 20-8 in the nightcap at Red Rolfe Field on Saturday afternoon. Jeff Speights had a three-run homer in the fifth inning of game one to cap a four-run frame and give Dartmouth a 6-3 lead. In the second game, Ed Lucas went 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Matt Stone went 3-for-5 for Bulldogs, which included a three-run home run.
Dartmouth scored four times in the fifth off Yale starter Alec Smith (5-3) to take a 7-2 lead in the opener. Jeff Speights delivered a three-run homer and Chris Grimm executed a suicide squeeze bunt during the Big Green's breakout inning.
Yale (15-17, 8-6) took the early lead in game one, recording back-to-back-to-back singles to open the second. Jake Doyle singled down the right field line to plate Matt Stone for the game's first run.
Big Green starter Patrick Dowling went the distance in the seven-inning contest, allowing three earned runs and 11 hits.
Dartmouth (20-11, 11-3) scored seven runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh to take a commanding 18-6 advantage into the eighth. Scott Shirrell, Thomas Myette and Will Bashelor each had four hits in the nightcap for the Big Green. Bashelor went 6-for-7 on the day.
The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 in the fourth until C.J. Orrico lined a bases loaded single up the middle, which was misplayed by the center fielder allowing Sawyer, Stone and Doyle to score to tie the game. In the fifth, Yale added three more when Stone smashed a line-drive, three-run home run to left field off Josh Faiola to the Bulldogs a 6-3 lead.
Justin Ankney smashed a solo home run in the ninth, a towering shot over the right center field wall.
Mike Mongiardini took the loss for the Bulldogs, pitching into the sixth and allowing six earned runs. Faiola earned the victory, giving up six runs, five earned over seven.
Rasmussen finished the day 2-for-6 with two RBI, while Randy Leonard went 3-for-9 on the afternoon.
Yale and Dartmouth play another doubleheader tomorrow in Hanover, N.H., beginning at noon. Earlier in the day, Brown and Harvard split a doubleheader in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard improved to 9-5 in Ivy play and stands alone in second place in the Red Rolfe division, while Brown and Yale are now tied for third at 8-6, three games behind Dartmouth.