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Late Comeback Falls Short at No. 14 Virginia

Alex Stiegler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alex Stiegler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Bulldogs gave No. 14 Virginia all it could handle in the first two games of the series in Charlottesville, and today was more of the same.

Yale jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and despite a Virginia comeback, the Bulldogs had the go-ahead run on base in the eighth.  Overall, the Bulldogs had plenty of positives to point to this weekend.


"Proud of my team again," Yale head coach John Stuper said.  "It was a hard-fought series. We just couldn't find a way to get out of the seventh. Just couldn't get off the field. We could have won all three games"


Junior leadoff man Tim DeGraw had three more hits today, and in the series reached base 10 times and 7 for 12 at the plate. However, it was the middle of the order that got the Bulldogs going on Sunday.


With two out and no one in the first, Benny Wanger was hit by a pitch and Griffin Dey walked to set the table.  Alex Stiegler and Alex Boos followed with run-scoring hits to give Yale a 2-0 lead. 


Another two-out rally plated a run for Yale.  Harry Hegeman walked and stole second, and DeGraw followed with an infield hit to move Hegeman to third.


Simon Whiteman used an infield hit to score Hegeman and increase the Yale lead to 3-1.


Virginia (8-4) scored six times in the seventh to chase Yale starter Eric Brodkowitz, who allowed only one run over the first six innings.  Brodkowitz's final line was three earned runs, four strikeouts, four walks and five hits allowed over six-plus innings. 


"I like our starting rotation a lot," Stuper added. "Scott (Politz), Kumar (Nambiar), and Eric have been really good." 


In the eighth, Yale scored three times and got the tying and go-ahead runners on base. Tom Ruddy scored first on a balk, and DeGraw singled to score Cole Shelton. 


Whiteman followed by grounding to third and reached on a fielder's choice. On the play, a throwing error allowed Hegeman to score.


With runners on first and second and only one out, the Bulldogs could not push across another run.


"A tough series like this prepares us well for our league," Stuper said.


Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity