March 30, 2011

Megee, Elmore Lead Yale To Dominating Win Over Quinnipiac

Bulldogs Riding Five-Game Win Streak Heading Into Ivy League's Opening Weekend

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — When the Yale University baseball team opens the Ivy League portion of the 2011 schedule this weekend, momentum will be on the side of the Bulldogs, who have been in top form since returning home from their season-opening trip to Florida.

The Bulldogs open the Ivy League season with doubleheaders at Cornell on Saturday and at Princeton on Sunday, and they head into the weekend riding a five-game winning streak and a stretch of seven wins in their last nine games.

The winning streak reached five games on Wednesday when the Yale bats pounded out 14 runs on 14 hits and six pitchers combined to hurl a five-hit shutout to lift Yale to an impressive 14-0 win over in-state rival Quinnipiac in non-league play at historic Yale Field.

Yale improves to 10-8 with the win, while Quinnipiac drops to 11-7.

Gant Elmore and senior captain Andy Megee each had three hits to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Megee went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored, while Elmore was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Trey Rallis went 1-for-3, but his one hit was a three-run home run in the fourth inning that capped off a four-run inning and put Yale comfortably ahead 7-0.

The Bulldogs scored in every inning except the third and sixth innings.

Freshman center fielder Cale Hanson went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Matt Schmidt also scored three runs.

Quinnipiac had won seven of their previous eight games prior to Wednesday's loss to Yale. Only four Bobcats' hitters had hits, and only center fielder Ben Farina (2-for-3) had more than one hit.

After playing their last five games at home, the Bulldogs return to the road beginning Saturday with a doubleheader at Cornell to open Ivy League play. The weekend trip concludes with a doubleheader at Princeton on Sunday. Yale returns to Yale Field with a non-league game on Tuesday against Northeastern beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity