April 25, 2005

Yale Sweeps Big Green With Two Complete Games, Eight Doubles

April 25, 2005

Game 1 Box Score |  Game 2 Box Score |  Photo Gallery

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Josh Sowers and Jon Hollis pitched complete games and Marc Sawyer racked up five extra-base hits as the Yale baseball team swept Dartmouth by scores of 5-1 and 4-3 in a doubleheader at Yale Field. Matt Stone also had a superb day at the plate, going 5-for-7 with a home run and four RBI as the Bulldogs reached and surpassed the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1998.

"We did all three phases of the game well today," said head coach John Stuper, whose team took three of its four games with the Big Green. "We pitched well, played good defense and got timely hitting."

The Bulldogs (21-14, 9-7 Ivy) had 11 hits to back up Sowers in Game 1 and in the second game twice answered game-tying rallies by the Big Green (12-17, 7-9) by scoring in the bottom of the same inning. Yale had five extra-base hits in each game.

"What I was most proud of today was the way we responded," said Stuper. "They scored two to tie, and we came right back with a run."

Game 1

Sowers (6-0) won his sixth straight start and pitched his fifth complete game. He struck out seven with one walk and allowed five hits. He lowered his Ivy League-leading ERA to 1.17.

Sawyer was 3-for-3 with three runs. By the end of the day, he improved his average to .361 and his slugging percentage to .511. He needs two more doubles to tie the single-season school record of 16. Stone and Josh Zabar had two hits each, and Stone drove in two.

The Bulldogs wasted no time giving Sowers a cushion. Zac Bradley led off the first inning with a walk, moved to second when Justin Ankney dropped a double inside the rightfield line and scored on Sawyer's double to the leftfield wall. On the next play, Dartmouth rightfielder Damon Wright caught a fly and threw out his second runner at the plate in as many days for a double play. Stone then lined a single over the second baseman for a 2-0 Yale lead.

Stone drove in Sawyer again with a single between third and short in the third inning to make it 3-0. Sawyer had reached on a one-out double and moved to third on a Zabar single. C.J. Orrico added another run in the fourth. He led off with a double inside the first base bag, went to third on an Eric Rasmussen sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.

Sawyer slammed his third extra-base of the game and his third triple of the year in the fifth, a shot to the rightfield gap, and scored on a Zabar single to center to give Yale a 5-0 lead.

The Big Green got a run across in the seventh when Jeff Speights came home on a groundout to Sowers by Jason Blydell. The Yale righthander had a shot at the runner at home, but sacrificed his third shutout to get the sure out at first. Speights and Josh Bailey had two hits apiece for the Big Green.

Russell Young (3-2) started for Dartmouth, and Michael Madson pitched well in relief, allowing a run on two hits in three innings.

Game 2

Ankney and Sawyer again connected on consecutive doubles to notch the winning run in the eighth. Ankney's was a shot to right center, and Sawyer's eluded the grasp of Wright diving near the rightfield line to plate Ankney.

Hollis (4-1) surrendered three runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking two. Four of those strikeouts came in the final three innings. Stone was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run, and Sawyer went 2-for-4.

Stephen Perry (3-2) also pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out eight. He struck out three of Yale's first four batters before Stone belted a solo homer to leftfield in the second. Yale held the 1-0 lead until Will Bashelor doubled in the sixth and later scored on a Brian Zurhellen groundout.

Sawyer and John Janco broke the 1-1 tie with back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sawyer hit his to the left center gap, and Janco slammed his over the head of the centerfielder. Stone followed Janco with a run-scoring single to right.

In the top of the eighth, Andrew Nacarrio singled to right and scored easily when Bashelor smacked a triple into the rightfield corner. Zurhellen tied the game with a sac fly to plate Bashelor. The Big Green got the potential tying run on in the ninth, but Chris Esper fielded a hard-hit ball and flipped it to Bradley, who threw to Sawyer for the game-ending double play.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity

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