NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It may be six months from the official start of baseball season, but yesterday's City Series Championship game between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and host Yale Bulldogs certainly had the feel of a postseason contest. After finding themselves down 4-0 after the first, the Elis stopped the Bobcats in their tracks, holding Quinnipiac to those four runs and chipping away until the bottom of the eighth. Then, the Elis exploded for a four-run outburst to grab their first lead of the day – and the 2010 City Series championship.
Yale's starter, senior Vinny Lally, struggled in the first, walking four en route to a four-run inning for the Bobcats. But that was all Quinnipiac would get, and thanks to a clutch RBI double from Josh Scharff in the seventh, the Bulldogs headed into that home half of the eighth down just 4-2.
Big hits in rapid succession from freshmen Jacob Hunter and Cale Hanson and senior Gant Elmore got the Bulldogs within one, and then a perfectly-executed safety squeeze by speedy sophomore Cam Squires tied the score 4-4. Senior first basemen Trey Rallis then walked, and series Co-MVP Andrew Kolmar rapped a clutch double to score Elmore and Rallis and give the Bulldogs a two-run lead. Junior sidewinder Eric Shultz held that lead in the ninth to hand his team the championship.
Yale had advanced to the championship game with a 7-2 win over New Haven Friday night. Sophomore Chris O'Hare, junior Pat Ludwig and Shultz combined to hold the Chargers to one hit and no earned runs. O'Hare went four, as did Ludwig, who got the win. Yale was down 2-1 bottom of the seventh when freshman Kevin Fortunato hit a pinch-hit grand slam homerun over the left field wall to give the Bulldogs the lead. Kolmar added a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 7-2 final, with Shultz pitching the final inning.
In 18 innings over the course of the two games, Yale pitchers gave up just five hits and four earned runs.
Kolmar and Fortunato shared tournament MVP honors.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity