April 16, 2011

Yale Shuts Down Dartmouth In Saturday Sweep

Bulldogs Move Into Three-Way Tie For First Place In Rolfe Division

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team took its first steps toward what it is hoping to be a run at the Rolfe Division title and a spot in the Ivy League championship series.

Trey Rallis went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI double to lead Yale to a 6-1 win over defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Senior hurler Brook Hart struck out seven batters and came within one out of a complete-game shutout in leading Yale to a 5-1 win in Game 2 to help the Bulldogs complete the doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth at Yale Field.

With the wins, Yale (18-12) moved into a first-place tie with Dartmouth (18-8) and Brown (8-19). All three teams are now 6-4 in Ivy League play after Brown swept Harvard Saturday.

Yale and Dartmouth will meet four times in total this weekend.

In Game 1, Rallis put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of the short right-field porch at Yale Field for a home run that gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Ryan Brenner followed with a single and scored on Andrew Moore's double off the right-center field wall.

Hanson led off the fifth with a single and scored on an RBI double from Rallis. Rallis then scored on an RBI single from Brenner. Hunter reached on an error and on a hit-and-run play, Moore singled to center, allowing Brenner to score the third run of the inning to lift Yale to a 5-0 lead.

Lally limited the Dartmouth bats to two hits through the first five innings, but the Big Green struck in the top of the sixth when Chris O'Dowd drew a one-out walk and scored on an RBI double from Jason Brooks, but that was the only offensive threat from the Big Green in the game.

Squires manufactured his own run in the sixth inning when he reached on an infield single and stole second. He then stole third and scored when third baseman Jeff Onstott couldn't field the throw from the catcher.

Lally allowed only three hits in his third complete game of the season as he improved to 4-0. He faced just 27 batters, striking out two and walking three.

Rallis, Brenner and Moore each had two hits in the opener to lead the Bulldogs. Rallis and Moore each drove in two runs, while Rallis and Brenner both scored a pair of runs.

The Bulldogs carried the momentum from Game 1 right into Game 2, scoring a run in the first inning and three more in the second to open up an early 4-0 lead. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice flyout by Brenner with the bases loaded. They were poised to score more runs with two runners still on base with two outs, but Andy Megee was thrown out at home on a double-steal attempt to end the inning.

In the second inning, Hunter was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and went to second on a single by Andrew Moore. Josh Scharff's bunt single advanced the runners, but Hunter scored when third baseman Jeff Keller's throw to first sailed wide. Hanson's two-out, two-run single scored Scharff and Moore to put Yale ahead 4-0.

That was all the support Yale senior starter Brook Hart needed. Hart was brilliant for almost the entire nine innings. He came within one out of his second shutout of the season. He worked 8.2 innings, scattering nine hits and allowing only one run, which came with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out seven and walked only two, but he left the game after Dartmouth scored the run, leaving Kevin Fortunato with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate.

Fortunato struck out Jason Brooks to earn his second save of the season and give Yale the sweep of the doubleheader.

Hanson and Rallis both had two hits to lead the Bulldogs' offense in Game 2. Hanson drove in two of Yale's runs, while Rallis and Brenner each added an RBI.

The two teams are slated to return to Yale Field Sunday for a doubleheader that begins at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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