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Yale Drops Heartbreaker To CCSU in 17th Inning

Ryan Brenner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ryan Brenner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team returned to Connecticut from last week's trip to Florida, but the return home did not help the Bulldogs find a groove at the plate.

Mitch Wells belted an RBI triple with no outs in the bottom of the 17th inning to score Pat Epps with the winning run and lift Central Connecticut to the 2-1 extra-inning win over in-state rival Yale Tuesday.

Yale falls to 3-6 overall, while CCSU improves to 2-5-1 with the win.

Epps reached on an error by Yale shortstop Matt Schmidt to lead off the 17th inning. Wells followed with the game-winning triple off of Yale freshman reliever Cale Hanson, who started the game in center field.

Yale starter Vinny Lally worked 8 innings. He allowed two runners to reach base before leaving the game in the ninth inning. He struck out 10 and scattered five hits, but Epps, who led off the ninth with a walk off of Lally, later scored the game-tying run when pinch hitter Normand Gosselin drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs. 

The bases remained loaded for Central, but Yale closer Eric Shultz prevented the Blue Devils from winning the game and sent the game into extra innings when he struck out Tyler McIntyre for the final out in the ninth.

Shultz worked 7 innings before Hanson took over in the 17th inning. Shultz allowed only four hits and struck out four.

Yale took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning when catcher Ryan Brenner led off with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by Schmidt.

Yale had its chances to win the game in extra innings. The Bulldogs put men in scoring position in six of the eight extra innings, but could not plate the winning run.

Hanson, Brenner and Jacob Hunter each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Brenner had a double and a triple, while Hunter had two doubles. The Bulldogs had nine hits overall.

Wells and Sean Miller-Jones each had three hits for the Blue Devils. Todd Savatsky worked six innings in relief, allowing three hits with three strikeouts, to earn the victory.

The two teams will meet again Wednesday in a game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Central Connecticut.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity