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Politz Tosses Complete-Game Victory Against New Orleans; Schedule Change Creates Doubleheader for Saturday

Scott Politz.
Scott Politz.

Scott Politz tossed a complete-game, one-hitter to lift the Bulldogs to a 4-1 road victory over New Orleans on Friday evening. 

Politz, the reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, struck out five and faced four batters over the minimum to earn his second win of the season in as many starts.  The righthander has allowed one earned run over his first 16 and 2/3 innings.

"Scott was outstanding," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "I don't know what to say. They didn't hit many balls hard, and the only ball that was a hit, left the ballpark. For him to have the kind of command he had tonight this early in the season is truly remarkable. Just an outstanding performance." 

The Bulldogs improved to 2-3, while the Privateers fell to 6-2. New Orleans had defeated No. 23 Southern Mississippi earlier this week.   

Yale backed Politz with a four-run third inning, capped by Griffin Dey's first homer of the season.  

"Griff hit a monstrous home run," Stuper added. "The left fielder didn't budge."

Mason LaPlante started the rally in the third with a one-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Simon Whiteman doubled home LaPlante to start the rally and stole third.  Whiteman has hit safely in each of the first five games this season. 

Benny Wanger follwed by drawing his team-leading eighth walk of the season and Tim DeGraw singled home Whiteman.  Wanger scored on error while DeGraw was tagged out on the same play. 

With the bases cleared, Dey homered to left.

Dai Dai Otaka continued his strong start with two more hits and has started the season 8 for 20 with a five-game hitting streak.    

"Five games in and this was by far our best performance," Stuper said. "Against a good team. A really nice win."

Schedule Change

Sunday's game has been canceled and Yale and New Orleans will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to close out the three-game series.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity