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Politz, Wanger Earn Ivy League Honors

Scott Politz and Benny Wanger. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Scott Politz and Benny Wanger. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Seniors Scott Politz and Benny Wanger, both All-Ivy First-Team selections last season, picked up where they left off and earned weekly conference honors on Monday.

Politz was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week and Wanger took conference player of the week following the first weekend of the season.  

Wanger went 7 for 13 with seven walks with a homer, three RBI and a .700 on-base percentage.  The Newtown, Mass., native also earned a save with three strikeouts in scoreless inning and a third. 

"Benny had an incredible weekend, not only with how he swung the bat, but being on base for what seemed like every time," Yale head coach John Stuper said.  "Also played his usual great defense and had a save. Pretty good start."

Politz allowed two unearned runs over 7 and 2/3 innings against a New Mexico State lineup that had averaged nearly 21 runs over its first six games.  The Austin, Texas, native did not allow a walk and earned the win.  

"NMSU is the epitome of a hitter's park," Stuper added. "Their lineup is very tough one through nine. For Scott to hold them to just six hits and no earned runs through 7 and 2/3 innings, especially in his first start, was pretty impressive. He didn't walk anyone and threw a pretty efficient 92 pitches. He had thrown over 90 pitches in his last inter squad at home, so he was ready for it. Also, a pretty good beginning to the season."

In adddition, senior captain Simon Whiteman was also named to the weekly honor roll.   Whiteman went 8 for 18 (.444) and scored five runs with a .500 on-base percentage.

The Bulldogs (1-2) return to action this weekend with a three-game series at New Orleans. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity