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Stiegler Tosses Complete-Game Shutout; Bulldogs Split with Cornell

Dai Dai Otaka (photo by Steve Musco).
Dai Dai Otaka (photo by Steve Musco).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Alex Stiegler tossed a complete-game shutout against Cornell to lead the Bulldogs to a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon at Yale Field. 

The Big Red won 3-0 in game one. Yale (9-13, 3-2 Ivy) won game two, 2-0, behind Stiegler's strong performance. 

Stiegler struck out six, allowed five hits and walked three.  It was the third straight start Stiegler pitched at least eight innings and earned the win. 

After getting through the eighth with the help of a double play, Stiegler retired the side in order to earn his fourth win of the season and second in as many starts in conference play.

Jake Gehri, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, opened the scoring in game two with a third-inning double to score Simon Whiteman.

Dai Dai Otaka added an insurance run in the sixth with a single to score Brian Ronai.  Both Otaka and Ronai had two hits in the second game.

In game one, Scott Politz went eight innings and allowed three runs in a pitcher's duel with Cornell's Colby Wyatt.  Politz (4-2) pitched into the ninth, struck out seven, gave up seven hits and walked one.  

Yale had two runners on in both the sixth and eighth and could not push across a run. Cal Christofori went 2 for 4 in game one.  

The two teams are scheduled to play the third game of the series Monday at 11 a.m.  The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was moved due to the weather forecast.   

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity