STORRS, Conn. – The Yale baseball team came into Wednesday afternoon’s non-conference game at the University of Connecticut averaging 9.28 runs per contest. However, Huskies’ starter Robert Van Woert and two relievers combined to throw a three-hitter, holding the Bulldogs to just one run in a 7-1 victory. Junior Andrew Kolmar had two hits and an RBI for Yale.
With the loss, the Bulldogs snap a three-game winning streak and fall to 9-5-1. The Huskies, building upon their best start in program history, improve to 12-5.
Van Woert (1-0) allowed only two hits and one earned run in seven innings of work. He struck out four batters, walked two and hit one to earn the win. Right-handers Scott Obert and Nick Ahmed closed out the game with one scoreless frame apiece.
“Their pitchers shut us down today, and I tip my cap to them,” said John Stuper, the Mazzuto Family Head Coach for Baseball at Yale.
In a planned “staff game” for the Bulldogs, freshman left-hander Christopher O’Hare got the start and tossed two scoreless innings. Sophomore right-hander Pat Ludwig (2-2) was one of seven Yale relievers to take the hill, and took the hard-luck loss via two fielding errors despite not allowing a hit, walk or earned run. Robert Gruber, Greg Lyons and Brook Hart all pitched scoreless frames for Yale.
The Huskies got on the board first, sparked by a one-out single off the bat of Billy Ferriter. Shortstop Nick Ahmed followed with a double down the left field line that allowed Ferriter, who was off with the pitch, to come all the way around to score the game’s first run.
The Elis would get through to Van Woert in the seventh inning as sophomore Zach Tobolowsky was hit by a pitch to reach base with two outs. The Yale centerfielder then stole second base to move himself into scoring position with Kolmar at the plate. Kolmar, who had singled in the second inning, blooped a base-hit into left field that scored Tobolowsky and tied the game at 1-1.
The deadlock was short-lived however, as Connecticut second baseman Tim Martin reached base on an error to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning as a popped-up bunt got away from Ludwig on a windy day at J.O. Christian Field. The next batter, John Andreoli dropped down a bunt as well, attempting to sacrifice Martin into scoring position. An errant throw from Ludwig, in attempt to cut down the lead runner at second, resulted in no outs. After a successful sacrifice bunt moved Martin to third, a wild pitch brought him home as the Huskies took a 2-1 lead without the benefit of a hit in the inning. Connecticut would tack on another run in the frame with a sacrifice fly.
After Oberg set the Bulldogs down in order in the top of the eighth, the Huskies added four insurance runs to bring the score to its eventual final of 7-1.
Yale will be back in action this weekend for opening day at Yale Field in New Haven. NYIT visits the Elm City on Saturday for a noon doubleheader, with the series wrapping up in Old Westbury, N.Y. for a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity