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Yale Rallies Past Sacred Heart

Yale celebrates a win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale celebrates a win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs' Comeback Results In 10th Win In Last 14 Games

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team hit the road again in hopes of returning to its winning ways, but in a game that featured a total of 15 pitchers, the Bulldogs needed some late-inning heroics thanks to a pair of sacrifice plays to return to the win column.

Yale made the short trek down Interstate 95 Wednesday to face in-state rival Sacred Heart at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, and thanks to a pair of clutch at-bats from Gant Elmore and Trey Rallis, the Bulldogs returned to New Haven victorious following a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Pioneers.

Yale (13-10) saw its seven-game winning streak, the longest win streak since 2005, snapped on Sunday in a doubleheader sweep at Princeton, but the win over Sacred Heart (12-14) gave the Bulldogs their 10th win in the last 14 games.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when catcher Ryan Brenner was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Jacob Hunter.

The Pioneers responded in the bottom of the third inning. They put runners on second and third to start the inning but could only plate one run on a sacrifice fly by Rob Griffith that scored M.J. Schifano with the tying run.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Sacred Heart struck again when Chris Whittemore's RBI single with with two outs drove in Griffith with the go-ahead run that put the Pioneers ahead 2-1.

Yale did not fold, however, and responded quickly in the top of the next inning. Charlie Neil walked with one out and went to third on a double by Cam Squires. Neil then came home with the tying run on a safety squeeze by Elmore to tie the game at 2-2.

In the top of the eighth inning, senior captain Andy Megee led off with a double, stole third, and then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Rallis.

Brook Hart worked the eighth inning in relief and held the Pioneers at bay, retiring all three batters that he faced.

Cale Hanson worked the ninth and, despite allowing two Sacred Heart batters to reach base, came away unscathed to earn the first save of his collegiate career.

Yale is off until the weekend when it plays host to Penn and Columbia in a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders. The Bulldogs host the Quakers on Saturday and the Lions on Sunday. Both doubleheaders are slated to begin at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity