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Pitchers Pace Bulldogs to Doubleheader Sweep

Mason Kukowski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mason Kukowski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

New York, N.Y. -- The Bulldogs pitched their way to a doubleheader sweep on Saturday afternoon, including a combined shutout in game two. 

Yale's four pitchers allowed only two earned runs over 16 innings in two wins over Holy Cross.  The Bulldogs extended their win streak to four straight. 

The Bulldogs won game one 4-3, and took the second 4-0.  The games were played at Columbia University's Satow Stadium.

Mason Kukowski earned his first win of the season for Yale in game two.  Kukowski allowed two hits over eight stellar innings against the Crusaders, who were picked in a preseason coaches' poll to win the Patriot League.

Richard Slenker went 2 for 3 in game two with a two-run double in the eighth to give Yale a 4-0 lead. Griffin Dey pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win. 

Yale (7-9) scored first in the bottom of the fourth.  Simon Whiteman led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Holy Cross starting pitcher Phil Reese dropped a throw from the catcher that allowed Whiteman to score. 

Tim DeGraw reached on an error in the sixth and eventually scored on a wild pitch to put Yale up 2-0. 

In game one, Griffin Dey homered and earned the save as the Bulldogs held on for a 4-3 victory.  Dey opened the scoring with a long solo home run over the center field wall.

DeGraw added an RBI single and Dai Dai Otaka had a two-run double in the fifth to give Yale a 4-1 lead. 

Eric Brodkowitz pitched into the seventh, allowed two three runs and earned the win.  Sam Boies came on with the tying run at second and struck out his only batter faced before Dey relieved him to get the final out.

The two teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader tomorrow at Columbia University.  The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity