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Politz Ties All-Time Wins Mark at Yale; Bulldogs Sweep Princeton

The Yale baseball class of 2019. (photo by Steve Musco)
The Yale baseball class of 2019. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Scott Politz tied the all-time wins mark for a Yale pitcher on Senior Day and the Bulldogs swept Princeton in a doubleheader on Saturday at Yale Field.  

Yale won game one 5-4 and took game two 10-1.

With the victories, Yale improved to 12-8 in conference play with one left to play.  The two teams will play the final game of the season for both schools on Sunday to complete the three-game series in New Haven.

In game one, Politz pitched into the eighth to earn his sixth win of the season and tied Frank Quinn with 28 career victories for Yale.  With his three strikeouts today, Politz moved into a tie with Eric Gutshall for second all time with 243 strikeouts at Yale. 

Yale used a four-run sixth inning to take the lead.  The rally started with two outs and no one on base.

Griffin Dey singled to left and Jake Gehri followed with a base hit to put runners on first and second.  Dai Dai Otaka, the next batter, grounded up the middle that hit second base for a hit to load the bases.  

Tom Fuller delivered another infield single on a hard hit ball to third to score Dey.  Cal Christofori came on as a pinch hitter with a blast to left center to clear the bases with a double. 

Simon Whiteman led off the bottom of the third with a triple and scored on a ground out from Tim DeGraw.  Whiteman went 2 for 4 in the game. 

The Bulldogs entered the week ranked ninth in the country in double plays and turned three in game one.

Ben Gibbs came on in the eighth to retire the only batter he faced before Rohan Handa recorded the four-out save.  It was Handa's third save of the season.

In game two, Alex Stiegler allowed one unearned run over seven innings to earn his fourth Ivy League victory of the season and sixth overall. Dey added his 11th homer of the season -- a solo shot to center in the second.  

The Bulldogs scored four in the fifth to pull away and only needed two hits to do it. 

Whiteman went 2 for 5 in the game with three runs scored and ended the day 135 runs scored in his Yale career.  He had four stolen bases and added to his season total of 34 without being caught. 

Mason LaPlante and Whiteman both had run-scoring doubles in the game. 

In between games, Yale honored its seniors -- Sam Boies, DeGraw, Dey, Tom Fuller, Kumar Nambiar, Politz, Benny Wanger and team captain Whiteman.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity