Yale Bounces Back, Sweeps Harvard

Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Brodkowitz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs tied a conference-game season-high with 14 hits in a game-one victory and went on to sweep a doubleheader from Harvard on Saturday.

 

A day after being no hit, Yale's bats came alive with a 10-6 victory in game one and a 4-1 win in the nightcap.   The Bulldogs improved to 9-3 in league play and 14-15 overall.  

 

"That's what I call getting off the mat," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "So proud of these guys. Get no hit last night and come back and sweep a good Harvard team." 

 

Both Yale starters today earned victories -- Kumar Nambiar and Eric Brodkowitz.  

 

"I really look at our rotation as three No 1's. Scott, Kumar, and Eric are all really good," said Stuper, also referring to Scott Politz who tossed a quality start last night.  "They give us a chance to win virtually every time out."

 

Game 1 Recap

 

Cal Christofori broke a 2-2 tie with a base-clearing, three-run double in a five-run sixth for Yale and Kumar Nambiar earned his fourth win of the season in a 10-6 victory.  

 

Griffin Dey and Simon Whiteman had three hits each, while Dai Dai Otaka, Harry Hegeman and Christofori had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.

 

In the sixth, Yale used small ball to put together a big inning.  

 

Hegeman walked to lead off the inning and Teddy Hague followed with a bunt single. Otaka, the next batter, laid down a bunt up the third base line to set up Christofori's run-scoring double to make it 5-2.  

 

Two batters later, Whiteman delivered the third bunt hit of the inning to move Christofori to third.  Benny Wanger singled home Christofori and Dey followed with a walk.  

 

With the bases loaded, Alex Stiegler lifted a sac fly to increase Yale's lead to 7-2. 

 

Nambiar did not allow a run through the first five innings, but allowed two in the sixth and a grand slam in the seventh.  He departed with the lead and the Yale bullpen picked him up.

 

Bobby Cecere relieved Nambiar with one down in the seventh to get an out and Wanger came on finish the seventh and close out the game.  It was Wanger's fourth save of the season.

 

Game 2 Recap

 

Eric Brodkowitz became the first pitcher to win four games in Ivy League play with a complete-game, 4-1 victory.  

 

Brodkowitz retired 16 straight batters after allowing a one-out single in the first and permitted only five base runners the entire game.  He struck out seven and allowed a walk.  

 

"Eric was awesome today against a very good lineup," Stuper added.  "He prepares for each start like a big leaguer and it showed today. He was in command the entire game."

 

Brodkowitz has a 2.77 ERA in 55 and 1/3 innings this season and earned the second complete-game victory for the Bulldogs in 2018.  

 

Yale got on the board in the first with a lead-off single from Tim DeGraw.  Two batters later, Wanger singled to right center field and DeGraw scored on an error.  

 

Stiegler singled to lead off the fourth and got to second on a balk.  Hague, who reached base three times in game two, used a bunt single to advance Stiegler to third.  Stiegler scored on a wild pitch and Hague hustled to third on the play, which proved important because he would also score on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.  

 

Christofori, who caught all 18 innings today, doubled home Hague in the eighth.  

 

Next up, the Bulldogs travel Iona on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. game. 

 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity