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Bulldogs Sweep Dartmouth, Maintain Grip on First Place

Richard Slenker and Alex Stiegler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Richard Slenker and Alex Stiegler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs swept Dartmouth on Sunday to create more distance in the Red Rolfe Division standings.

Yale won the first game 8-0, and took the second 11-3 today at Yale Field.  The Bulldogs improved to 22-14 overall and 12-2 in league play, while the Big Green remain in second place behind Yale and fell to 19-14 and 8-6 in the conference. 

Richard Slenker and Tim DeGraw both had six hits on the day, while Benny Wanger went 3 for 3 in game two with two runs scored and four RBI.

Slenker and Wanger struck for consecutive, run-scoring doubles in the first inning of game two as Yale jumped out to a 3-0 lead. 

Wanger delivered another two-run double in the second, and Alex Stiegler came through with a run-scoring single to double Yale's lead to 6-0.  Stiegler doubled down the left field line in the fourth to score Slenker and give the Bulldogs their largest lead of 7-0.

It was more than enough for Yale starter Eric Brodkowitz, who went the first five innings and gave up three runs to improve to 3-2 this season.  Mason Kukowski went the final four innings to earn the save. 

In game one, Scott Politz improved to 8-1 overall and tossed his fourth complete-game victory in four outings in Ivy League play.  

Griffin Dey launched his league-leading ninth homer of the season to break a scoreless tie in the fourth and the Bulldogs added on four more runs to take a commanding 5-0 lead.  

The bottom of the fourth rally for Yale started with two outs and no one on base.  Dey blasted a full-count pitch over the left-center fence to plate the first run of the game.  

Andrew Herrera followed and reached on an error, and Dai Dai Otaka singled to right center to move the Yale catcher to third. DeGraw, who went 3 for 4 in game one, reached on an error that scored Herrera.  

Otaka and DeGraw advanced on a wild pitch, then Simon Whiteman walked to load the bases. Slenker lined a hit off pitcher Michael Danielak, who picked up the ball and threw it past the first basemen to clear the bases. 

Yale scored three more in the fifth.  Alex Stiegler and Harrison White started the inning with back to back singles.  Dey doubled home Tom Ruddy, who pinch ran for Stiegler. Later in the inning, DeGraw and Whiteman added run-scoring singles.

In addition to earning the win, Politz lowered his ERA in Ivy League games to 1.93 in 28 innings.

The Bulldogs and Big Green will play another doubleheader on Monday beginning at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity