Three Bulldogs Pitchers Combine to Blank Owls In City Series Semifinal
WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Junior center fielder Cam Squires went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to help lead the Yale University baseball team to a 5-0 win over Southern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon in the second semifinal game of the 2011 New Haven City Series at historic Yale Field.
Yale advances to the City Series championship game Sunday, where it will take on the University of New Haven. The Chargers opened the Series with a 10-3 win over Quinnipiac in the early semifinal. Yale will face UNH at approximately 3 p.m. Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut will meet in the consolation game at 12 p.m.
Yale and Southern Connecticut traded zeroes through the first five innings with the pitchers on both sides keeping the hitters off balance and off the bases. Perhaps the most impressive showing came from Yale starter Eric Hsieh. The freshman lefthander allowed only one hit through the first four innings with two strikeouts and only one walk. He faced 13 batters and allowed only two baserunners.
Junior lefthander Christopher O'Hare entered the game in the fifth inning in relief of Hsieh and was nearly as dominant. He faced 16 batters, struck out four and walked none. He scattered four hits and only one of the outs that he recorded left the infield.
Sophomore Michael Coleman pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out a pair, to secure the victory for the Bulldogs.
Yale broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman Joe Lubanski led off with an infield single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt from freshman David Toups and scored on senior captain Ryan Brenner's single to center field.
Sophomore Kevin Fortunato led off the seventh with a single and stole second. He scored on an RBI single from sophomore Cale Hanson. Hanson then scored second, advanced to third on a sac bunt from freshman Robert Baldwin and put Yale ahead 3-0 when he scored on a bunt single from Squires.
Yale scored two more in the bottom of the eighth inning when Josh Scharff belted a solo home run with one out. Hanson later singled and scored on a Squires single to center field.
The Bulldogs finished with 11 hits. Chris Piwinski, Fortunato, Hanson, and Squires each had two hits to lead the way.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr.