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Bulldogs Defeat No. 14 Virginia, Split Doubleheader

Simon Whiteman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Simon Whiteman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Bulldogs bounced back on Saturday evening and defeated No. 14 Virginia on its home field for their first win of the season.

Yale dropped the opener on a walk-off, came out swinging in game two and exploded for an 11-4 victory at Disharoon Park in Charlottesville.  


"After getting 'walked off' in the first game, it shows a lot of character to come back in the second game and beat No. 14 on their field," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "Really proud of my guys." 


Griffin Dey homered twice and Benny Wanger added a two-run blast for the Bulldogs, who scored four times in the third and three more in the fifth to take control of the game.


The run support was more than enough for Kumar Nambiar, who tossed his second solid performance of the young season.  The lefty went seven, allowed four runs and one walk while striking out five.  


Nambiar has only walked one batter in his first 14 innings of the 2018 season. 


Wanger had four RBI in the game, including a two-run double in the third to score Simon Whiteman and Tim DeGraw.  Dey followed with a homer to right center to score Wanger.


Virginia (7-4) plated two in the fourth, but the Bulldogs rallied in the fifth with a Whiteman RBI single and a Wanger home run to right. 


While Dey and Wanger supplied the power, DeGraw and Whiteman set the table at the top of the order.  DeGraw went 4 for 5 and scored two runs, while Whiteman went 3 for 5, scored three times and drove in three runs.   


Team captain Tom Ruddy added two hits and Alex Stiegler had a run-scoring single. Tyler Sapsford pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.


In game one, the Bulldogs scored a run in each of the first two innings and led until the seventh before Virginia won 5-4 in its last at bat.


Stiegler doubled to score Whiteman in the first, and first-year Teddy Hague drilled his first collegiate home run, a solo shot to right, in the second to extend  Yale's lead to 2-0.


Whiteman, who had three hits in game one, extended Yale's lead with a base hit to score Ruddy.  Later in the inning, DeGraw scored on a throwing error to make it 4-1. 


Virginia rallied with a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh off Yale starter Scott Politz, who went 6 and 2/3.  

Dey relieved Politz and got the final out of the seventh and pitched the rest of the game.  Virginia's Charlie Cody singled to center to score the game-winning run with two outs.


The series finale will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m.  


Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity