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Despite Solid Pitching, Bulldogs Drop Two on Saturday

Kumar Nambiar. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kumar Nambiar. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Bulldogs dropped two close games -- including a 16-inning heartbreaker -- to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday in Buies Creek, N.C.

Here's a recap for each game:

 

Game 1

 

After being deadlocked 2-2 for 10 straight innings, the Bulldogs went ahead in the top of the 16th only to lose in heartbreaking fashion in the bottom half of the frame.

 

Hayden Senger had two hits in the game and both led the runs, including the game-winning infield single with two out to score Cristian Tejada.  In the top half, Benny Wanger had given Yale the lead on a bases loaded ground out to score Harry Hegeman.

 

Kumar Nambiar went the first seven innings for Yale.  He struck out four and allowed two runs without walking a batter. 

 

The Yale bullpen kept the game tied for the next eight innings.  Mason Kukowski went an inning and a third, while Griffin Dey went 6 and 2/3 and struck out eight while allowing only one hit. 

 

Tim DeGraw, Simon Whiteman and Tom Fuller all had two hits apiece for Yale.  Fuller and DeGraw both had run-scoring doubles in the fifth.

 

Tyler Sapsford started the 16th for the Bulldogs and gave up a run on a sac fly.  Mackay Williams stole second base with two outs.  Tejada pinch ran and stole third to setup the game-winning run. 

 

Game 2

 

The RedHawks took another close affair in game two.

 

Yale left eight on base over the first five innings in a game that the coaches agreed to shorten from nine to seven after the opener.  The Bulldogs broke through in the fifth when Griffin Dey singled to right to score Tim DeGraw.  

 

Eric Brodkowitz started and pitched six solid innings.  He struck out six and allowed two runs.

 

Tyler Duncan pitched a scoreless seventh for Yale.  

 

After getting at least one base runner in each of the first five innings, Yale was shutdown by the RedHawks' bullpen.   Michael Hendricks struck out two in a scoreless sixth and Andy Almquist did the same in the seventh. 

 

The Bulldogs wrap up their trip to North Carolina with a game against Western Michigan at 11 tomorrow morning.  

 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity