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Dey Drives in Three in Loss to Central Florida

Griffin Dey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Griffin Dey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Griffin Dey had a hit and three RBI for the Bulldogs in a 7-5 loss at Central Florida on Tuesday evening.  

After two close losses to No. 5 Florida last weekend, Yale (3-8) struck first with two runs in its first at bat tonight against the Knights.  Simon Whiteman led off with a single to get things started and stole second.  

Mason LaPlante worked out a walk on a full count and on the pitch Whiteman stole third.  Dey followed with a sac fly to score Whiteman. 

Jake Gehri, fresh off a two-homer performance against Florida, doubled to left center to score LaPlante and gave the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead. 

Rohan Handa, making his first collegiate start, allowed four runs in the bottom of the first and settled down to toss three-straight scoreless innings before working into the fifth.  

The Bulldogs kept chipping away.  LaPlante started a rally in the third with a leadoff walk, stole second, and eventually reached third and scored on two separate wild pitches to make it 4-3.  

UCF (11-5) added a run in both the fifth and sixth.  The Bulldogs didn't quit and Dey capped another rally in the seventh with a two-run single to make it 6-5.  

Dey now leads the team with nine RBI in the team's first 11 games.  

The Bulldogs and Knights will complete their two-game series with a game tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity