April 1, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Right off of the heels of a doubleheader at Cornell on Tuesday, the Yale baseball team was back in action at Yale Field this afternoon, hosting intra-state rival Quinnipiac in a non-league contest. The Bulldogs got quality appearances from several pitchers in the mid-week "staff game", but the Bobcats were just a little bit better on this particular day, grabbing an early advantage and holding on for a 5-3 victory.
Sophomore third baseman Andy Megee had his 10th multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-5 performance, while junior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth was the lone Yale player to notch an RBI on the day. The Bulldogs and Bobcats each stranded 11 runners, and the clubs combined for a total of six errors, including four by Quinnipiac, on the day.
The Bobcats started the scoring in the top of the first frame, as Mickey Amanti hit a one-out single to get aboard and begin the rally. After Amanti took second on a wild pitch, Brian Monack reached on a catcher's interference call that erased a double play. Mike Marmo then drew a walk to load the bases, and Gabe Guerino singled to plate Amanti with the contest's first run. A throwing error allowed Monack and Marmo to score, and Jeff Carino RBI base-hit accounted for the fourth and final Quinnipiac run of the inning.
Yale cut into the deficit in its half of the inning, as senior center fielder Stefan Schropp singled and took second on a fielder's choice off of the bat of Megee that resulted in no outs. Schropp and Megee each advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, and Larsson-Danforth followed with a long fly ball that nearly left the friendly confines of Yale Field. Though the deep drive was caught by Quinnipiac right fielder Bryn Doyle, the shot was more than deep enough to allow Schropp to trot home and cut the score to 4-1.
The Bobcats took that run back in the top of the third inning, however, as Guerino led off the frame with a home run over the wall in right field.
A combination of five Yale pitchers would not allow another Quinnipiac run for the rest of the afternoon as the Bulldogs began to climb back in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Schropp drew a lead-off walk, Megee singled and Larsson-Danforth grounded into a fielder's choice that put the Yale captain on third base with one out. Two batters later, Schropp raced home on a wild pitch to make the score 5-2 in favor of the visitors.
The rally continued as freshman shortstop Matt Schmidt smacked a one-out double, the Bulldogs' only extra-base hit of the day, in the bottom of the eighth inning. Schmidt then moved to third and scored on consecutive wild pitches to bring the deficit down to two runs at 5-3.
Quinnipiac's Andrew Rinaldi retired the final two batters of the eighth inning, however, and Monack came on to pitch a scoreless ninth and preserve the 5-3 victory for the Bobcats.
Kyle Birdsall tossed the first 4.2 innings for the visitors from Hamden, allowing three hits and two earned runs to notch the win and even his record at 1-1. Monack's save was his first of the season.
Sophomore Will Stratton surrendered four hits and one earned run to take the loss, his first decision of the year, for Yale. Sophomore Alex Young hurled a scoreless inning for the Bulldogs, while freshman Greg Lyons, junior Robert Gruber and freshman Eric Shultz posted two zeroes apiece on the scoreboard.
Ivy League play resumes this Saturday for Yale, as Columbia treks to the Elm City for a noon doubleheader. Penn will follow for a double-dip beginning at noon on Sunday.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity
Video by David Dikranian