April 3, 2011

Yale Loses Pair At Princeton

Seven-Game Winning Streak Comes To An End With Ivy League Sweep

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Yale University baseball team saw its seven-game winning streak, the longest in team history since a seven-game run in 2005, come to an end at the hands of Ivy League rival Princeton on Sunday. The Tigers used timely hitting, speed on the base paths and solid pitching to sweep a doubleheader from the Bulldogs.

Princeton opened up a 7-0 lead in the opening game and held on for a 7-1 victory, and then utilized a five-run seventh inning to rally from a 3-1 deficit to take a 6-3 victory in the second game to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play.

With the losses, Yale fell to 12-10 overall, 2-2 in the Ivy League. Princeton improved to 9-13 overall, 4-0 in Ivy League play with the victories.

Yale pitcher Brook Hart and his Princeton counterpart Mike Ford both tossed complete games in the seven-inning opener, but Ford came out on top with a six-hit, one-run, five-strikeout performance. Hart allowed seven runs, four earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts.

The Tigers stole five bases in the opener, including two by catcher Sam Mulroy, who led the Tigers with a 2-for-4 outing with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Shortstop Jacob Hunter went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base to lead the Bulldogs, while Trey Rallis went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Princeton scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning, with one coming on an RBI double by Ford. In the third, Princeton struck for three more runs. Mulroy led off the inning with a single and then stole second and third before scoring on a single by Alex Flink. Steve Harrington followed with an RBI single and Jonathan York completed the scoring with an RBI sacrifice flyout.

Mulroy completed Princeton's offensive output in the sixth inning when he belted a two-run home run with one out.

Yale finally broke into the scoring column when Hunter drove in Rallis with an RBI single with one out, but the Bulldogs couldn't produce any more offense to keep the rally going.

The second game started out much differently for the Bulldogs, who jumped out to a 3-1 lead after five innings. A pair of runs crossed home plate in the top of the third inning when Andy Megee drove in Cam Squires with a sacrifice fly and Gant Elmore scored on a throwing error to put Yale ahead 2-0.

Princeton responded in the bottom of the inning when John Mishu tripled home Matt Bowman with two outs.

Yale reclaimed the two-run lead when Elmore scored from third on Josh Scharff's fielder's choice.

Princeton then brought in relief pitcher David Palms to get the final two outs of the inning. He did more than that, however. He finished the game and shut down the Bulldogs in the process. He worked the final 4 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out four of the 16 batters he faced.

That gave the Tigers' offense the opportunity it needed to stage a late rally. Nate Baird led off the seventh inning with a double, but Yale got two outs before Princeton could really get the rally going. Pinch hitter Ryan Albert singled home Baird. A hit batter loaded the bases and then a walk brought in Alec Keller with the second run of the inning. Mulroy then cleared the bases with a two-out triple. By the time the dust cleared from the rally, Princeton was ahead 6-3.

Yale had a chance in the eighth inning, when it put two runners in scoring position behind a single by Scharff and a double from Ryan Brenner, but the big hit never came after that.

Yale returns home on Tuesday when it continues the non-league portion of the schedule with a game against Northeastern, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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