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Bulldogs, Davidson Split Doubleheader on Saturday

Brian Ronai. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brian Ronai. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Griffin Dey homered and earned his first save of the season and Kumar Nambiar earned his second win in as many starts as the Bulldogs split a doubleheader with Davidson on Saturday.

After dropping game one, the Bulldogs used big innings in the nightcap to earn a 7-5 comeback victory.  


In a three-run third inning, the Bulldogs capitalized on a throwing error to score two runs.  Simon Whiteman added a sac fly to score Tom Fuller, who reached on the run-scoring throwing error earlier in the inning, to give Yale a 6-4 lead. 


Nambiar held the lead. He went six innings, struck out 11and allowed four runs.


After Davidson scored four in the first, Nambiar settled down to strike out the side in the second and retired 11 of 12 batters at one point.  


Tyler Sapsford relieved Nambiar and struck out two over an inning and 1/3.  


Sapsford struck out Andrew Born with two on and one out in the eighth.  Dey came on to get the final out of the eighth and strand the two base runners. 


Brian Ronai (two hits in game two) and Alex Stiegler both had RBI singles in the second for Yale, which improved to 2-7 on the season.


Dey, who reached base four times in game two, added a solo homer to left center in the sixth for his team-leading fourth home run.  


In game one, Davidson (9-5) starter Allen Barry pitched into the seventh, allowed five hits and earned the win in a 9-0 victory.


The Wildcats scored once in the third, twice in the fourth and once more in the fifth off Yale starter Scott Politz, who went six innings.  


The Bulldogs left two runners on in the second and fifth.  Dey, Cole Shelton, Stiegler, Alex Boos and Teddy Hague had hits for Yale.


The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow at  1 p.m.


Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity