April 19, 2009

Big Green Takes Two At Yale Field

April 19, 2009

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior first baesman Trygg Larsson-Danforth went 4-for-7 with four RBI and four other Bulldogs had multiple hits on the day, but the Yale baseball team was outslugged in both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon by the Red Rolfe Division leader, Dartmouth. Big Green hammered out a total of 35 hits in the twin bill en route to victories by scores of 13-2 and 17-8.

After the sweep, Yale now sits at 12-20 overall and 6-10 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth improved to 19-11 on the season with a 14-2 mark in Ancient Eight play.

In game one, Big Green jumped out to an early lead on a three-run home run by first baseman Mike Pagliarulo in the top of the first inning. The visitors broke the game wide open in the next frame, racking up seven runs to extend the lead to 10-0. Second baseman Jeff Onstott had two RBI, left fielder Jim Wren hit a three-run homer and Pagliarulo and designated hitter Ray Allen each drove in runs in the inning.

Big Green would extend the lead to 11-0 on a Wren RBI double in the third inning before the Bulldogs got on the board. Senior catcher Davis Stanley started the bottom of the inning with a walk. Freshman shortstop Matt Schmidt moved him to third with a single, and senior center fielder Stefan Schropp pushed him across the plate with an RBI groundout.

Yale would add another run in the fifth on a Schropp RBI single, as Dartmouth would also tack on two more runs to bring in the score to its eventual final of 13-2.

Kyle Hendrick pitched all seven innings for Big Green, scattering four hits and allowing just one earned run. He struck out eight batters and walked one while improving his record to 4-2.

Sophomore left-hander Vinny Lally got the start of Yale, falling to 3-3. Lally pitched 1.1 innings, allowing five hits and seven earned runs. The southpaw recorded one strikeout and issued three walks.

Schropp went 1-for-3 with two RBI in game one. Schmidt, Larsson-Danforth and sophomore designated hitter Andrew Moore also had hits for the Bulldogs.

In the night cap of the doubleheader, Dartmouth started out the scoring with a run in the second inning on a Joe Sclafani single. Yale knotted the score in the bottom of the third frame, started off by a single by freshman catcher Ryan Brenner. Schmidt sacrificed him into scoring position with a bunt, and he later scored on an error by Onstott.

The stalemate was short-lived however, as Big Green tallied four runs in the top of the fourth inning and three more runs in the top of the fifth to grab an 8-1 advantage. Yale would respond in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Brenner once again led off the rally with a double. Schmidt followed with a double on his own to plate the freshman catcher, and an infield single for sophomore Gant Elmore and a Schropp walk loaded the bases with none out. Larsson-Danforth then came through with the big hit in the inning, a bases-clearing double down the left field line that brought the score to 8-5. The Elis would add another run in the inning as junior designated hitter Chris Sweeney dropped down a squeeze bunt that brought Larsson-Danforth home from third base.

With the game now much tighter at 8-6, Dartmouth answered immediately with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Bulldogs refused to quit, plating runs in their half of the sixth frame on a Larsson-Danforth single and a base hit by freshman left fielder Charlie Neil.

The 11-8 score was as close as Yale would creep however, and Dartmouth tacked on six more runs to wrap-up the sweep with a 17-8 victory.

Cole Sulser worked the first 5.2 innings for the contest for Big Green to improve to 3-1. He allowed nine hits and seven earned runs while notching six strikeouts and three walks.

Sophomore Andy Megee pitched the first 4.2 innings for Yale, also allowing nine this and seven earned runs. Megee did not allow an extra-base hit, or even a single that left the infield on the fly, but he takes the loss for the Bulldogs to fall to 1-1.

Larsson-Danforth went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in in the night cap. Brenner was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Yale closes out its non-league slate on Wednesday at Hartford. The single, nine-inning contest is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity