April 19, 2010

Bulldogs Fall in Doubleheader at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. – The Yale baseball team got 5.2 strong innings from freshman left-hander Christopher O'Hare at Dartmouth on Monday, but a 10th-inning single by Chris O'Dowd gave the host Big Green a 3-2 victory in game two of the Ivy League doubleheader. Earlier in the day, Dartmouth took game one at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover, N.H. by a score of 8-2. Junior outfielder Andrew Moore had three hits and two RBI in the twinbill for the Bulldogs.

With the sweep, Yale falls to 16-17-1 overall and 3-9 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth, the defending Ancient Eight champion, improves to 17-12 overall and 8-4 in league play.

O'Hare allowed just five hits and one earned run in his 5.2 innings of work. He struck out five batters, hit a batter and did not issue a walk. Junior left-hander Brook Hart started game one for the Elis.

Offensively, Moore went 3-for-7 with an RBI in each end of the double-dip. Junior infielders Trey Rallis and Gant Elmore each drove in one run for the Bulldogs, and senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth had a hit in each game to extend his hit streak to 13 contests.

In game one, Dartmouth struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jim Wren walked and Jeff Onstott singled to start the inning, but Hart induced a 4-6-3 double play from Ennis Coble to get two fast outs. A fluke hit plated Wren from third, however, as a groundball by Zack Bellenger deflected off of Hart and landed harmlessly on the turf of Red Rolfe Field to score the game's first run. Jason Brooks followed with an RBI triple to score Bellenger and give the home team a 2-0 lead.

Those two runs would be the only earned tallies against Hart, but poor Yale fielding allowed Big Green to open up a 6-0 advance with four unearned runs in the third frame. After Jake Carlson walked and Chris O'Dowd reached on a dropped fly ball, a sacrifice bunt attempt by Joe Sclafani turned into a base hit that loaded the bases with none out. Two runs then scored on a groundball to first base, as an errant throw on a double-play attempt resulted in Yale getting no outs on the play. After Hart struck out Onstott for the first out of the inning, a nearly identical groundball to first base again bore no outs as Rallis failed to handle the throw by Larsson-Danforth. A Bellenger RBI double then scored two runs as Dartmouth closed the book on Hart and jumped out to a more comfortable 6-0 lead.

Senior right-hander Joe Castaldi came on in relief of Hart and held Dartmouth scoreless for the next 2.2 frames, but the Bulldogs were unable to get anything going offensively off of Big Green hurler Kyle Hendricks. The home team would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim an 8-0 lead with Yale down to its final three outs.

Larsson-Danforth led off the inning with a double, his team-leading 13th two-bagger of the season, but was cut down on a fielder's choice groundball by Kolmar. Moore followed with a double of his own to score Kolmar and spoil the shutout bid, and freshman centerfielder Cam Squires then dropped down a bunt single to put runners on the corners with two out. Rallis then hit the Bulldogs' third double of the inning- a shot down the left field line that scored Moore- but Hendricks would allow nothing further as he got Elmore to ground out to finish off the 8-2, complete game victory.

Hart (2-3) allowed two earned runs on six hits over the first 2.1 innings of the contest to take the loss for Yale. Four of the seven outs he recorded came via the strikeout, and he also walked two batters. Castaldi was effective in relief, allowing two runs on four hits in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. The Yale captain struck out three batters and walked two.

Hendricks (2-4) scattered seven hits and two earned runs in the complete game win. He struck out five batters and, just as Robert Young did yesterday in his complete game win, did not issue a walk.

Yale would take its first lead of the weekend in game two, getting on the board with a run in the third inning. Rallis started the offense with a one out single, and senior outfielder Stephen Miehls followed with a double. Elmore then slapped a groundball to the second base, which allowed Rallis to race home and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs struck again in the fourth inning, courtesy of an RBI single by Moore. Sophomore catcher Ryan Brenner singled to get aboard and was replaced at first base by sophomore outfielder Charlie Neil on a fielder's choice.  Neil then stole second and came around to score on Moore's base knock.

O'Hare took a perfect trip through the Dartmouth's lineup to start the game, but the top of the order produced a run in its second turn at-bat. Carlson led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, and O'Dowd was then hit by a pitch. Sclafani followed with a single through the left side that scored Carlson to cut the lead to 2-1. O'Hare avoided further damage, however, as he got Wren to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and struck out Onstott to retire the side.

Dartmouth would threaten to tie the game in the sixth inning, as Carlson led off with a single. O'Dowd then dropped down a sacrifice bunt, which saw Carlson hustle all the way around to third base with one down. O'Hare stayed in the game to strike out switch-hitting Joe Sclafani, and then was replaced by senior right-hander Chris Finneran. Finneran issued a walk while pitching cautiously to dangerous hitter Jim Wren, but then got Onstott to pop up to Rallis to leave the potential tying run standing on third base.

After Finneran struck out the side in the seventh, the senior walked pinch-hitter Sam Bean to start the bottom of the eighth. Bean moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then took third on a single by O'Dowd. This time, the heart of the lineup delivered as Sclafani singled home Bean to tie the game at 2-2. Finneran was then replaced by senior right-hander Robert Gruber, who got Wren to ground into a double play to maintain the deadlocked score.

The 2-2 score would hold until the 10th inning, with Bean singling with one out as the potential winning run off of sophomore right-hander Greg Lyons, who had pitched a perfect ninth for Yale.  A walk to Carlson moved Bean into scoring position, and O'Dowd then singled through the left side to plate the walk-off game-winning run in a 3-2 Dartmouth victory.

Lyons (1-3) allowed two hits and one earned run in 1.1 innings of relief to take the loss for Yale. Finneran gave up one run in 1.2 innings and Gruber threw just two pitches in a scoreless 0.2 out of the bullpen.

Dartmouth closer Ryan Smith (2-1) pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to notch the win. Kyle Hunter made the start and allowed six hits and two earned runs over the first 5.1 frames, and Cole Sulser allowed just one hit and one walk in 3.1 innings of middle relief.
Yale's scheduled contest for tomorrow at Northeastern has been cancelled, but the Bulldogs will still travel to nearby Hamden, Conn. to face Quinnipiac in a single nine-inning game on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Ivy League play resumes this weekend, as historic rival Harvard comes to Yale Field for doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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