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Bulldogs Drop Pair to Quakers

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

Two days after clinching the Ivy League regular season title, the bats went quiet for the Bulldogs.

Despite two well-pitched games for Yale, the Quakers swept the final games of the regular season for both teams.  Penn won game one 4-0, and took game two 2-1 in 13 innings.

 

The Bulldogs (22-19, 15-6 Ivy) will host the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend against an opponent to be determined, while the Quakers finished the season 16-15-1 and 9-11-1 in the conference.   

 

In the first game, Christian Scafidi limited the Bulldogs to three hits over the first season innings to earn his third win of the season and Tommy Pellis launched a two-run homer in the sixth to give Penn a 4-0 lead. 

 

In the bottom of the fifth, Yale had their best scoring chance of the game with two on and two out.  Alex Boos reached on a fielder's choice and Tom Ruddy drew a two-out walk before Scafidi escaped by getting Tim DeGraw to ground out. 

 

Kumar Nambiar (5-2) started and went six innings.  He allowed two runs and struck out five. 

 

Mason Kukowski surrendered the two-run homer to Pellis, while Tyler Duncan tossed a scoreless seventh and Drew Scott pitched the final two innings without allowing a run and striking out four. 

 

Eric Brodkowski started game two, delivered another solid outing and took a no-decision.  Brodkowitz went eight innings, struck out five and did not walk a batter in a one-run performance. 

 

It was the first Ivy League start Brodkowitz did not earn the win in seven chances. 

 

Penn eventually took the lead in the 13th, capitalizing on a throwing error.  Up to that point, the teams had traded zeros from the sixth innings. 

 

Cal Christofori went 3 for 6 with three doubles in the nightcap and finished the three-game series 5 for 10.  

 

Simon Whiteman tied the game with a run-scoring single in the fifth to score Teddy Hague.  From there, Brodkowitz was in command, retired the last 13 batters he faced and dropped his in-conference ERA to 2.98.  

 

Benny Wanger came on in the ninth, pitched four scoreless innings and has not given up a run in 19 innings pitched against Ivy League competition.

 

In the 10th, Yale rallied and nearly ended the game.  Wanger got things going with a one-out double and Griffin Dey followed with an intentional walk.

 

Alex Stiegler singled to left and Wanger was thrown out at the plate by Pellis.  Brian Ronai followed with a walk to load the bases but the Bulldogs could not break through.

 

In the 12th, Dai Dai Otaka returned the favor on defense.  With runners on first and second and two out, Otaka made a diving stop and flipped to Whiteman at second to get the force out and keep the Quakers off the board. 

 

Stiegler took the loss after giving up an unearned run in the 13th.

 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity