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Stiegler Wins Second Straight Start; Bulldogs Split with Brown

Harry Hegeman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Harry Hegeman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Alex Stiegler continued to impress on the mound and Yale's lineup remained hot at the plate as the Bulldogs took game game two and earned a doubleheader split on Sunday.  

Stiegler went eight innings, allowed two earned runs and improved to 3-2 on the season in an 11-3 victory at Brown.  The Bulldogs, who dropped the first game 8-7, have started the season 2-1 in league play.

First-year Jake Gehri homered for the third time in two days and reached base four times in game two. Harry Hegeman, Mason LaPlante and Simon Whiteman all had three hits to pace a 15-hit outburst for the Bulldogs. 

In game two, the Bulldogs scored four in the second and added another run in the third to take a 5-1 lead.  Pierce Blohwiak scored three times, including Yale's firstn run on a wild pitch.

Hegeman, Whiteman and LaPlante all had run-scoring hits in the second.  Yale added insurance runs in the late innings, capped by Gehri's three-run homer. 

In game one, the Bulldogs battled until their last at bat.  Trailing 8-5 entering the ninth, scored twice and put the go-ahead run on base when the final out was recorded.

LaPlante led off with a walk, stole second and eventually scored on a Gehri single.  Brian Ronai tripled to score Gehri.  Teddy Hague drew a pinch-hit walk before the final out was recorded.

Kumar Nambiar started game one for Yale, pitched into the sixth and took a no-decision.

The Bulldogs return to action with a mid-week game at Hartford on Wednesday.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity