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Bulldogs Fall in 9th to William and Mary

Harrison White. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Harrison White. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

After scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead, the Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaker on Sunday afternoon at William and Mary.

Cullen Large hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift William and Mary (9-6) to a 7-6 win over the Bulldogs to sweep the two-game series.   Alex Stiegler pitched a perfect eighth inning and took the loss for Yale.  

Dai Dai Otaka went 3-for-4 for Yale and hit .400 for the weekend in three games.  

Down 5-3 entering their final at bat, the Bulldogs (3-5) loaded the bases and drew three straight run-scoring walks.  Otaka started the rally with a two-out single.

Tim DeGraw followed with a walk and Brian Ronai singled through the left side.  Richard Slenker, Harrison White and Griffin Dey all walked to force home a run.  

Dey's bases-loaded walk resulted in his team-leading 14th run batted in through the first eight games.  In the first inning, Dey also plated the first two runs of the game with a double to score White and Simon Whiteman

Thomas Espig started for the Bulldogs and gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings.  Tyler Sapsford relieved Espig and struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings. 

Sapsford has 10 strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of the season with a 1.35 ERA. 

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday to begin a two-game series at Clemson, which began the week ranked 14th in the nation in the D1Baseball.com Top 25.  First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity