TAMPA, Fla. — The Yale University baseball team managed only five hits Monday night but still outhit South Florida, yet the Bulldogs could not find a way to outlast the Bulls.
South Florida used a sacrifice fly and a balk to score two runs in the fourth inning and that was all it needed in a 2-1 win over Yale at the USF Baseball Stadium.
The Bulls improve to 11-6 with the win, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-7-1 with the loss.
Yale starter Nolan Becker allowed only two hits, but he had trouble keeping South Florida runners off of the base paths. He also gave up five walks, an intentional walk and he hit a batter. Becker's troubles boiled over in the fourth inning when loaded the bases on a leadoff single and a pair of walks before he could get the first out. After a strikeout, Matt Hart drove in the first run of the game with his sacrifice fly out. Daniel Rockhold stole third base to move into perfect position to score on a balk by Becker during the next at-bat, giving South Florida a 2-0 lead.
Yale put a pair of runners on base in the seventh inning after back-to-back one-out singles by Cale Hanson and Jacob Hunter. After Charlie Neil fouled out, Cam Squires drove Hanson home with a two-out single, but that was all the Bulldogs could muster in the inning.
Yale managed to get the tying run 90 feet away from scoring in the ninth inning. Josh Scharff walked and he was replaced by pinch runner Rob Cerfolio. After a strikeout, Cerfolio advanced to second on a passed ball. He moved to third on Hunter's groundout to second base, but the Bulldogs could not drive him home. South Florida pitcher Austin Adams struck Neil out to end the game and earn his second save of the season.
Of South Florida's three hits, James Ramsey had two of them. Five different Yale players had one hit apiece. Hanson's single extended his hitting streak to eight games, while freshman David Toups had a single to extend his hitting streak to six games.
The Bulldogs return to the RussMatt Invitational Tuesday to take on Lafayette in their final game of their Florida trip.