Stiegler Strikes Out 14 to Lead Bulldogs to Doubleheader Split at Stetson

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

Alex Stiegler struck out 14 over eight impressive innings to lead the Bulldogs to a doubleheader split with Stetson on Saturday in Deland, Florida.  

Yale won game two 7-3 behind Stiegler's performance.  Stetson won the opener 7-5 in a doubleheader today after Sunday's scheduled game was canceled due to the weather forecast. 

Stiegler's line was sensational.  He allowed three runs (two earned), five hits and did not walk a batter with the 14 punchouts.  

"What can I say? Alex was unbelievable," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "Strike after strike. Great job of putting guys away. 14 strikeouts and no walks. You simply don't see that very often."

Going into game two, Stiegler said he felt comfortable and credited his defense with giving him confidence.

"Going into tonight I felt really good warming up and then early in the game my defense made some incredible plays," Stiegler said. "That gave me the confidence to throw whatever I wanted, wherever I wanted it, knowing that my guys behind me came to play."

Before Stiegler took the mound, Jake Gehri blasted his team-leading third home run, a solo shot in the first. 

"Jake jumped on a fastball and hit a line drive home run," Stuper added.

The game remained 1-0 Yale until the sixth when Griffin Dey hit a two-run homer to score Gehri, who went 3 for 5 in the nightcap.

"Griff hit another moonshot home run," Stuper said. "Over the 403 sign in dead centerfield. The young man has as much power as anyone I've ever coached."

Simon Whiteman added a two-run single in the seventh.  Later in the inning Mason LaPlante had a run-scoring single and Cal Christofori added a sac fly.

In game one, Whiteman went 3 for 5 and gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead in the sixth.  Stetson scored once in the seventh and once in the eighth to take the lead for good. 

Kumar Nambiar started game one for Yale and allowed four runs (three earned) over five and 2/3 innings.  

The Bulldogs open their home schedule this Wednesday against Quinnipiac, the last game before Yale opens the Ivy season next weekend at Brown. 

"The most important part about tonight was capturing some momentum headed to Ivy play next weekend," Stiegler added.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity