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Bats Explode in Doubleheader Split at Wofford

Alec Hoeschel. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alec Hoeschel. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale produced 18 runs in game two -- its largest run output in two years -- at Wofford on Saturday in doubleheader split.

Wofford won game one 6-2, while the Bulldogs outslugged the Terriers 18-15 in the nightcap.

The 18-run performance was the largest output for the Bulldogs since a 23-8 win at Hartford on March 17, 2015.

Richard Slenker continued his hot hitting and helped turn a game-ending double play.

Slenker went 4 for 7 on the day, including a three-hit, three-run, five-RBI game two performance.  Through the first three games of the series, Slenker is 5 for 10 with six runs batted in. 

Griffin Dey relieved Thomas Espig to earn the game-two win for Yale.  Dey went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs as the Bulldogs improved to 4-9 overall. 

The scoring started in the first inning of game two.  Slenker slammed a two-run homer that scored Alex Steigler and Harrison White doubled to score Andrew Herrera to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

The Terriers (9-11) scored four in the bottom of the first to take the lead.  The Bulldogs answered with a run in the second, third and fourth.  

In a game full of clutch hits, Alec Hoeschel hit a two-run homer to break a 6-6 tie in the sixth and the Bulldogs led the rest of the way. Along with Slenker and Hoeschel, Tim DeGraw and Tom Ruddy had a multi-hit game.  

DeGraw finished with two hits and four runs scored, while Brian Ronai had a hit and three runs scored.

Stiegler pitched the final out of the game with the tying run at the plate.  With runners on second and third, Stiegler got Dylan May to line out to Slenker at third to start a game-ending double play.  

Stiegler also had a two-run homer in game one.  Tyler Duncan started game one for Yale and went five to take the loss in the seven-inning game. 

The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity