Yale Ends Florida Trip with Win over Lafayette

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


AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The Yale University baseball team used a six-run eighth inning outburst to end its seven-game Florida trip on a high note with a 9-3 win over Lafayette Tuesday.

The Bulldogs provided timely hitting while taking advantage of six Lafayette errors, five walks, four wild pitches and two hit batters to produce the nine-run output against five Lafayette pitchers. The Bulldogs scored the nine runs behind nine hits, all singles.

Senior captain Ryan Brenner led the Bulldogs (3-7-1) with two hits and two runs scored. Sophomore Cale Hanson also had two hits and scored a run. Sophomore Kevin Fortunato drove in a pair of runs with his only hit of the game, while freshman David Toups and junior Chris Piwinski both drove in a pair of runs.

Yale jumped on top of Lafayette (4-7-1) right from the start, scoring a pair of runs without a hit in the first inning thanks to two Lafayette errors. The Leopards had four of their six errors in the first inning, which accounted for all four Yale baserunners in the inning.

Lafayette looked like it would bounce back in the bottom of the first inning, but Yale starter Christopher O'Hare struck out two batters to escape a bases-loaded jam in his only inning of work.

In the top of the second, Yale opened the inning with its first hit of the game, a single off the bat of senior Charlie Neil. However, it was David Toups who provided the clutch at-bat that gave Yale its third run of the game. Toups' fielder's choice drove in freshman Joe Lubanski to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

The Leopards got on the board in the bottom of the inning thanks to an RBI double by Parker Hills that cut the Bulldogs' lead to 3-1.

The score remained 3-1 until Yale's eighth-inning outburst. The Bulldogs used five singles, a pair of Lafayette errors and a pair of wild pitches to score the six runs in the inning, opening up an insurmountable 9-1 lead.

Yale had a chance to add to the lead, loading the bases in the top of the ninth inning after two hit batters and a walk. However, Brenner grounded into a double play to end the Yale threat.

Lafayette scored a pair of runs in the ninth inning and left the bases loaded as Yale pitcher Nate O'Leary got out of the jam by striking out Brad Hopek to end the game.

David Hickey (1-1) worked 5⅓ innings of relief to earn his first win of the season. He allowed just one hit while striking out five batters in the victory.

Alex Farina (0-1) was credited with the loss in his first career start for the Leopards, giving up four singles and three walks in four innings.

Yale ends the Florida trip with a 3-3-1 record after starting the season with four losses at Virginia Tech. The Bulldogs will return to the Northeast to begin a four-game set against Stony Brook with a doubleheader on the road on Friday and a second doubleheader to open the home portion of the schedule on Saturday at historic Yale Field.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity