Stuper Breaks All-Time Wins Record in Split With Dartmouth

April 18, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior right-hander Brandon Josselyn surrendered just three hits and one earned run in a complete game performance, and senior Stefan Schropp and sophomore Andrew Moore each hit solo home runs to propel the Yale baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Rolfe Division-leading Dartmouth at historic Yale Field on Saturday afternoon. The win was the 334th in the Yale career of Mazzuto Family Head Coach John Stuper, breaking the all-time wins record held by the legendary Ethan Allen, who coached the Bulldogs from 1946 to 1968. Dartmouth outslugged Yale in game two of the twin bill, salvaging a split with a 12-9 win.

Yale now sits at 12-18 overall and 6-8 in Ivy League play, while big Green moves to 17-11 on the season with a 12-2 mark in the Ancient Eight.

Stuper's landmark victory comes in his 17th season at the helm for the Bulldogs. Allen, who coached former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at Yale, reached the 333 win mark in 23 years.

"Let's be honest, no one is ever going to put the word `legendary' in front of my name," said Stuper "So it is truly an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with Ethan Allen. This really makes me think back to all of the great players, assistant coaches, and administrators who have helped make this happen. I try never to take for granted that I work for the greatest university in the world."

Schropp was 5-for-7 in the doubleheader with four RBI. He had three extra-base hits, including his second roundtripper of the season, as well as three runs scored and a stolen base. Sophomore second baseman Gant Elmore knocked four base hits in the twin bill.

In game one, after Josselyn set the Big Green down in order in the top of the first inning, Schropp wasted no time in putting the Bulldogs in the lead. The captain of the Bulldogs sent the first pitch of the day from Dartmouth starter Robert Young over the center field wall to give Yale a quick, 1-0 advantage.

Schropp's homer remained the lone hit of the contest until the top of the fifth inning, when Jim Wren led off the frame with a single up the middle to break up Josselyn's no-hitter. With two outs in the inning, Brett Gardener, who replaced Wren at first via a fielder's choice, stole second to move into scoring position. Johnathon Santopadre brought Gardener around to score with an RBI single to left field that tied the game at 1-1.

The Elis answered right back in their half of the fifth inning, jump started by a Moore's solo home run down the left field line that put them back into the lead at 2-1. Two batters later, freshman shortstop Matt Schmidt started a two-out rally with a double down the right field line to put himself into scoring position. Schropp followed with a two-bagger of his own that plated Schmidt with the Bulldogs' third run of the contest.

The 3-1 lead was more than enough for Josselyn, but the Bulldogs tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore third baseman Andy Megee led off the frame with a double to center field and moved to third on a deep fly out by junior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth. Freshman right fielder Zach Tobolowsky drove in Megee with a two-out double that ran the score to its eventual final of 4-1.

Josselyn struck out nine batters in the three-hitter. He issued just one walk and hit one batter in the complete game victory. The senior hurler improves to 5-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in Ivy League contests.

Young hung in for Dartmouth, tossing all six innings. He allowed six hits and four runs, all of them earned, to fall to 3-3. Young struck out six Bulldogs and walked two.

Yale got on the board first in the night cap of the twin bill, once again jump-started by Schropp. The captain led off the first inning with a single, and Elmore followed with a base hit of his own to move Schropp to second base. With two outs, freshman Charlie Neil delivered with a single through the left side of the infield that plated Schropp with the game's first run.

Dartmouth responded in the next half-inning, as Ray Allen hit a lead-off, solo home run to tie the contest at 1-1.

In the bottom of the second inning, junior designated hitter Chris Sweeney reached on a error to start the inning and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Chris Sweeney. Schmidt singled to move Sweeney to third, and Schropp hit his second single of the game to drive him home. With runners on the corners, Schropp stole second, and Schmidt attempted to take home on the throw down by Dartmouth catcher Kyle Evans. Schmidt appeared to be caught in a rundown between third base and home, but the Yale shortstop stayed alive long enough to induce a poor throw and dash home with a run. Elmore then slapped a base hit to center field that allowed Schropp to score with third run of the inning and give Yale a 4-1 lead.

The Bulldogs posted another trio of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Larsson-Danforth walked and Neil was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Tobolowsky then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners, and reached himself as the first baseman failed to tag first base on the play. Sweeney then started the carousel, as a single to right field plated Larsson-Danforth and kept the bases loaded with none out. Stanley then knocked in another run on a fielder's choice, and Schmidt smacked a deep fly to center field that, while caught, allowed another Yale run to trot home.

Trailing 7-1, the Dartmouth offense finally came alive in the top of the fourth inning. Santopadre, the lone Big Green player to drive in a run in game one, hit a two-out, bases loaded single to plate two Dartmouth runs and cut the deficit to a more manageable 7-3 margin.

With two down and two out in the fifth inning, Big Green notched another pair of runs on a Wren double down the right field line that made the score 7-5 in favor of Yale.

The Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Schropp delivered once again with a double to the gap in right center that brought Schmidt, who had drawn a walk, all the way around from first base to push the lead back to three runs at 8-5.

Dartmouth took that run back immediately in the top of the seventh, however, as Mike Pagliarulo led off the inning with a home run to left field. A Gardner double accounted for a second Big Green run in the inning, as the lead was now down to just one run at 8-7.

Joe Sclafani led off the top of the eighth inning with a single to left field and was bunted over to second base by Jeff Onstott. Pagliarulo then came through for the second straight inning, plating the equalizing run with a single through the right side of the infield.

The score remained deadlocked at 8-8 into the ninth inning, when Big Green delivered the final blow of the comeback. Nick Santomauro, a .396 hitter who had been kept in check all day by Bulldog pitching, swatted a two-out grand slam to give Dartmouth its first lead of the contest at 12-8.

Junior Stephen Miehls, who had entered the game for Yale as a defensive replacement, started up the Elis' offense in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out triple to right centerfield. Tobolowsky knocked Miehls in with a single, but Big Green closer Ryan Smith wrapped up the game with a pair of strikeouts to give Dartmouth a 12-9 win.

Smith recorded the final four outs of the game to improve to 2-0 on the season. Ben Murray started for Dartmouth, allowing 11 hits and eight runs- just four earned- over the first seven innings. Freshman Eric Shultz took the loss for Yale, falling to 2-3.

The Bulldogs' series with Big Green wraps up tomorrow, as the teams meet for another noon doubleheader from Yale Field in New Haven.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity