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Wanger Leads Yale to Sweep of Columbia

Benny Wanger. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Benny Wanger. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- Benny Wanger had the game-winning RBI in both Yale victories over Columbia on Monday afternoon.  

Wanger smashed a two-run homer to put Yale ahead in a 6-3 game one victory and delivered the winning sac fly in a 5-4 decision in the second game.

Yale improved to 16-12 overall, 7-1 in Ivy League play and have won six straight conference games. Columbia is now 8-17 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Alex Stiegler pitched into the sixth to pace Yale to a win in game one.  Richard Slenker, Simon Whiteman and Andrew Herrera all had two hits in the opener. 

Slenker and Whiteman both had two runs batted in.  

Stiegler (2-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.  Kumar Nambiar retired all five batters he faced with two strikeouts to earn the save.

The Bulldogs got to Columbia game-one starter Ian Burns early.  Slenker delivered an RBI single in the first.  Yale added three in third on another run scoring hit from Slenker and the two-run shot from Wanger to give the Bulldogs a  4-1 lead.

Whiteman added a two-run single in the fourth. 

In game two, Columbia came back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game in the eighth.  Yale rallied in the bottom half of the inning.

Dai Dai Otaka (three hits) and Tim DeGraw started the rally in the eighth with back to back singles.  Otaka stole third and DeGraw stole second. Griffin Dey walked before Wanger flied out to plate Otaka.

Dey (4-0) pitched three innings of relief to earn the win.  Whiteman made a nice diving stop at second base to record the second out of the ninth, then Dey caught a line drive to end the game. 

The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow to host Sacred Heart. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity