April 24, 2005

Sawyer Single Secures Split

April 24, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Marc Sawyer's two-out, final-inning single scored Justin Ankney to give Yale a 4-3 win against Dartmouth in the first game of a doubleheader at Yale Field, but the Big Green came back for a 6-2 win in Game 2.

Alec Smith (4-2) picked up the win in the opener, pitching a complete game without surrendering an earned run. Jake Doyle went 5-for-7 to lead the Bulldogs (19-14, 7-7 Ivy League) at the plate, while John Janco was 4-for-7.

Game 1

Dartmouth (12-15, 7-7) trailed 3-0 entering the seventh and final inning, but tallied three unearned runs on a two-out Yale error and a two-run single by Will Bashelor. With two outs in Yale's half of the inning, the Big Green shortstop threw a ball away to allow Ankney to reach second. Sawyer came up next and battled from a 0-2 count to 3-2 before lining a single to center to bring home Ankney and end the game.

Smith pitched his fourth complete game of the season and was an out away from his second shutout. He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 2.79. Janco was 3-for-3. Sawyer and Doyle added two hits apiece.

The Bulldogs used a two-out rally to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Sawyer's fly ball to rightfield was knocked down by the wind, and he hustled around to second for the double. Janco then fouled off three 3-2 pitches before grounding a single out of the reach of diving Dartmouth second baseman Josh Bailey to score Sawyer.

Yale added another tally in the second when Justin Ankney drew a two-out walk to score Jake Doyle. C.J. Orrico and Doyle led off the inning with singles. The Big Green thwarted a one-out squeeze attempt when pitcher Jeff Wilkerson threw to catcher Brian Zurhellen to retire Orrico. Zac Bradley then drew a walk to bring up Ankney.

Doyle singled in Josh Cox to make it 3-0 in the sixth. Cox was pinchrunning for Janco, who led off with a single, and moved to second on a Matt Stone sacrifice bunt.

Wilkerson (1-4) was removed in favor of Nick Peay after Ankney reached on the seventh-inning error. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Bashleor and Bailey each had two hits for Dartmouth.

Game 2

Josh Faiola (3-2) struck out 10 in a complete-game win for Dartmouth in the nightcap. He allowed nine hits and two runs after retiring the first 10 batters he faced. The Big Green scored their six runs on just seven hits, led by Jeff Speights with two.

Dartmouth jumped on top with runs in each of the first two innings. In the first, Speights singled in Damon Wright for a 1-0 lead, but the Big Green left two runners on when Bailey hit a one-hopper to Stone, who stepped on third and threw to first to end the inning with a double play.

Orrico charged in for a diving catch to end the second inning, but not before Andrew Nacario's base hit plated Chris Grimm, who opened the frame with a single.

Yale cut the deficit in half in the fifth, when Doyle doubled to the leftfield corner, advanced on an Orrico single and came home on a groundout by P.J. Gorynski, but Dartmouth broke the game open with four runs, three unearned, in the sixth.

After Bailey singled in the first run of the inning with no one out, the Big Green scored on an error and Yale starter Mike Mongiardini was lifted for Steve Gilman. The freshman righty got two big strikeouts and induced a check-swing grounder by Nacario, but his throw sailed over the head of Sawyer and two runs scored. Zac Bradley made a diving stop at second base to end the inning.

Mongiardini (1-2) allowed six runs, three earned, on just five hits, but walked four batters and hit two. Gilman allowed one hit in the seventh. He, Adam Barrick, Colin Ward-Henninger and Brett Rosenthal surrendered two hits and no runs in four innings of relief.

The Bulldogs had a couple chances to come back. Bradley was gunned down at the plate by Wright to end the Yale sixth. They had the bases loaded with no one out in the eighth, but got only one run, when Chris Esper scored on a Sawyer sac fly.

Doyle had three hits in the game to raise his average to .320. Ankney had two. It was Yale's first loss of the season in an official home game.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity

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