ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After splitting the first of two doubleheaders with Navy on Saturday, the Yale University baseball team rallied for a victory in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader and was poised to pull off a sweep before returning home to New Haven, but Navy quickly dashed those hopes in the early innings of the nightcap to salvage a second consecutive split.
Trailing 4-3 after four innings in the opener, Yale scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning and another in the seventh to rally for a 6-4 victory to open the two-game set, but in the second game, Navy jumped out to a 9-2 lead after four innings and held on for an 11-4 victory at Max Bishop Stadium.
In the opener, senior left-hander Vinny Lally worked 5⅓ innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. Junior closer Eric Shultz got the final five outs to earn his second save of the season.
Senior captain Andy Megee started the comeback when he belted a two-run home run with no outs in the fifth inning to put Yale (5-8) ahead 5-4. Senior Harry Koulos, who entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch runner, scored the Bulldogs' final run of the game on an error with one out in the seventh inning to secure the victory.
In the second game of the day, Dave Milanes two-run double in the first inning started the scoring for the Midshipmen (11-9-1), who scored another run in the second, two more in the third and broke the game open with four more runs in the fourth inning to open up a 9-2 lead.
Yale trimmed the deficit to 9-4 with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but Navy tacked on two more runs in the seventh to secure the split.
Megee had two hits and two RBIs to lead Yale in the second game. Andrew Moore had two hits and scored two runs.
Navy had only eight hits in the second game, but the addition of eight walks helped lead to the 11 runs. Milanes and Alex Azor each had two hits with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Midshipmen. Taylor Cato drove in three runs, while Josh Moore drove in two more.
Ben Nelson worked six innings and struck out six to earn the victory. Yale's Rob Cerfolio suffered the loss.
Yale opens the home portion of its 2011 schedule when it plays host to Central Connecticut on Tuesday at historic Yale Field at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs are scheduled to host the University of Connecticut, currently ranked No. 19 in the nation, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity.