Bulldogs Bludgeon Bobcat Pitching, Yale Wins 19-13

Bulldogs Bludgeon Bobcat Pitching, Yale Wins 19-13
By Jamie Palatini
April 2, 2008

HAMDEN — No, that isn’t a typo. Yale and Quinnipiac combined for 32 runs and 30 hits on a cold, blustery day that saw the Bulldogs outslug the Bobcats 19-13 at Bobcat Field in Hamden. With the win, Yale’s record improves to 9-15-1. Quinnipiac now stands at 5-11.

Yale jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Left-fielder Ryan Lavarnway drove Eric Weber’s curveball deep toward the left center field gap. Ben Farina leaped for the ball at the fence, and as he did so a 20 foot span of the fence collapsed under his weight. Luckily for Quinnipiac, Farina and the fence were okay. It was the 12th home run of the season for Lavarnway who finished the game 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs and 5 runs scored.

Quinnipiac regained the momentum with a big second inning. Catcher Mike Marmo’s double in the left-center field gap scored Joe Poletsky and Mike Bartlett to tie the game at two. After a walk to Brian Monack, Bryn Doyle came up and hit an opposite field single, giving the Bobcats a 3-2 lead. John Delaney was the next batter up, and took Joe Castaldi’s fastball deep over the right field wall, and just like that it was 6-2 Quinnipiac.

However, Yale came back and matched Quinnipiac with six runs of its own in the top of the third. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Dan Soltman hit a ground ball that Delaney threw over the head of first baseman Pete Kummerfeldt to make the score 6-3. Yale followed that up with three straight singles to make the score 6-6. Yale right fielder Jake Doyle then grounded into a double play to score Trigg Larson-Danforth from third, and two batters later Gant Elmore singled up the middle to give Yale the 8-6 lead.

The Bulldogs added four more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Larson-Danforth’s bloop single down the left field line scored two to make it 10-6. Bulldog catcher Davis Stanley then hit a fly ball to right field that the wind carried over the fence to give Yale the 12-6 advantage.

Yale tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 14-6. The Bobcats continued to fight back though, getting an RBI from Farina and two from Bryn Doyle to make the deficit 14-9. Both teams traded runs in the eighth to make the score 16-11, before Yale tacked on three in the top of the ninth for a 19-11 lead. Farina and Blake Barone each had RBIs in the bottom of the inning, but the lead was too much for Quinnipiac to overcome, and Yale came away with the 19-13 win.

The starting pitchers struggled mightily for both squads. Quinnipiac’s Eric Weber allowed eight runs on nine hits in just 2 2-3 innings of work. Yale’s Joe Castaldi, who got the win, didn’t fair much better allowing six runs on five hits over two innings. But Yale’s bullpen outlasted Quinnipiac’s, allowing five earned runs compared to the Bobcats’ bullpen, which allowed 11 runs on 10 hits. Eric Bretscher was the only Bobcat pitcher not to allow a run. Quinnipiac’s pitching staff now boasts a lofty 6.97 team ERA.

The lone bright spot for Quinnipiac was their offense. Eight players had hits, and 10 players scored their 11 runs. Freshman Ben Farina continued his strong opening season at Quinnipiac with three hits and two RBIs, and infielders Doyle and Delaney had four RBIs apiece.

Quinnipiac will look to right the ship this weekend when they start a four-game series in New Britain, Conn. against in-state rival Central Connecticut State. The four-game series will kick off Northeast Conference schedule for both teams, starting on Friday at 4 p.m. at Beehive Field. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday before finishing the series on Sunday afternoon.

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