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Late Rally Falls Short at No. 21 Duke

Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Bulldogs late comeback attempt fell short on Tuesday afternoon at No. 21 Duke.

Simon Whiteman added to his team lead in RBIs with a two-run single in the eighth and Yale brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth in a 3-2 loss in Durham, N.C.

 

Duke (13-3) scored two in the first against Yale starter Eric Brodkowitz, who had his scheduled start moved to today after Sunday's game cancelation at Davidson. 

 

Brodkowitz settled down and pitched into the seventh.  His final line was three runs (all earned) and eight hits allowed with five strikeouts over 6 and 1/3 innings.

 

After surrendering a lead-off single and a double to the No. 2 batter, Brodkowitz balked to score Jimmy Herron.  After getting a pop up out, Brodkowitz gave up a run-scoring single to Michael Rothenberg before eventually stranding two runners. 

 

The game remained 2-0 Duke until Jack Labosky's solo home run to add to the Blue Devils' lead.

 

The Bulldogs rallied in the eighth.  Tom Ruddy walked to start the inning, and with one out Cole Shelton drew a free pass.  

 

With one out, Harry Hegeman laid down a sac bunt to advance Ruddy and Brian Ronai, who pinch ran for Shelton.  Tim DeGraw was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.

 

Whiteman followed with a single to right to score Ruddy and Ronai to cut the Yale deficit to 3-2.  Whiteman leads the team with nine RBI through 10 games. 

 

In the ninth, Alex Stiegler struck out and reached on a passed ball with one out. Duke closer Ethan DeCaster recorded the next two outs to earn his fourth save of the season.  

 

The two teams close out the series tomorrow at 4 p.m. 

 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity