Ankney Homers Twice; Bulldogs Win in 11

Ankney Homers Twice; Bulldogs Win in 11

April 28, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Justin Ankney homered from both sides of the plate and P.J. Gorynski singled home Josh Cox with the winning run in the 11th inning as the Yale baseball team came from behind to defeat Hartford at Yale Field in its final non-league game of the season.

Behind a power surge from Ankney and John Janco, the Bulldogs (22-14) battled back from a 7-2 hole to tie the game at 7-7 and 8-8 before Cox and Gorynski ended it. Ankney was 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBI, while Janco went 3-for-6 with a home run, a double and three RBI to help Yale finish 7-0 against in-state opponents for the season. The Elis won their final 11 games outside the Ivy League.

With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Cox laid down a bunt for a hit. With a 1-2 count on Gorynski, Cox took off from first and the freshman catcher lined a single toward the line in rightfield. Cox never slowed down and beat the relay throw to the plate to end it.

Brett Rosenthal (2-2) was the last of the 10 pitchers Yale used. After a Hartford batter reached on an error in the top of 11th, he struck out the final two Hawk hitters and got the win. Mike Elias struck out two and did not allow a hit in his inning of work, the fourth. Matt Fealey allowed a leadoff hit but then struck out the side in the seventh, and Adam Barrick retired the Hawks (5-18) in order in the eighth.

The Hawks led 5-0 by the middle of the third on a run-scoring double by Erik Price in the first, a two-run, second-inning double by Price and a pair of unearned runs in the third. An error allowed Luke Trahan to reach. He came home on Steve Moyer ground ball, and Moyer scored on a single by Josh Topp. Topp and Frank Cipolla each went 4-for-5.

From the left side of the plate, Ankney cut it to 5-2 in the bottom of the inning, launching a homer to right center to plate Zac Bradley, who was hit by a pitch. Hartford added two on RBI singles by Moyer and Kyle O'Neill in the fifth, but Yale once again answered. Two batters after Ankney led off with a single, Janco crushed a knuckleball over the picnic tables behind the rightfield fence. Matt Stone then singled and later hustled home from second on a Hawk error.

The Bulldogs tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Pete Moraski came in to pitch and recorded two outs, but Ankney, batting righthanded, blasted a homer inside the leftfield foul pole to make it 7-6. Marc Sawyer then reached on an error and came home on a double to left center by Janco.

Hartford got the potential winning run to third base with one out in the top of the ninth, but lined to third baseman Matt Stone, who threw to first for the inning-ending double play. The Hawks got a run across on a Ryan Crowley sacrifice fly in the 10th, but the Elis again tied it in the bottom of the frame when Ankney doubled over the leftfielder's head and scored on a Sawyer single up the middle.

Price was 2-for-5 with three RBI. He came on to pitch the 11th and took the loss. Matt O'Connell started and held the Bulldogs at bay early. Bill Perry allowed one hit in two innings of relief.

Yale travels to Providence, R.I., Friday for the first two games of a four-game set with Brown to close out the regular season. The teams meet at noon Saturday at Yale Field.

report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity