Lubanski Homers, Hanson Extends Streak in Pair of Losses at Penn

Pat Ludwig
Pat Ludwig

Hanson Extends On-Base Streak to Ivy-Best 22 Straight Games


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Yale University baseball team suffered its second consecutive doubleheader sweep, this time at the hands of Penn, 4-1 and 8-1, on Sunday at Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium.

The Bulldogs fall to 6-17-1 overall, 0-4 in Ivy League play after the two losses. Penn improves to 10-9 overall, 2-0 in Ivy League play.

"This half of the league is going to be a dogfight," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "My staff and I didn't get into coaching to fold the tents as soon as things get tough. I believe in these kids. We have to battle through this and we will. No one ever said it was going to be easy."

Yale faced Quakers' ace right-hander Vince Voiro in the opening seven-inning game and found little success against the one-time Big Five Pitcher of the Week and two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Voiro struck out eight Bulldogs, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run in the complete-game victory.

Of the five Yale hits in the opening game, three of them were doubles, all of them coming off of freshmen bats. David Toups, Joe Lubanski and Robert Baldwin each had a double. Lubanski was the only Yale player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run, an RBI and a run scored.

Yale pitcher Pat Ludwig's up-and-down first inning gave Penn all it needed to pull off the victory. Ludwig struck out the side in the inning, but in between the three strikeouts, Penn collected three runs on two hits, a walk and an error to take a 3-0 lead. Ludwig gave up a leadoff triple to Brandon Engelhardt and followed with a walk to James Mraz to put runners on the corners with no outs. Ludwig came close to getting out of the jam, striking out the next two batters. However, an infield error allowed Engelhardt to score the first run and a two-run single by Derek Vigoa put Penn on top 3-0. All three Quaker runs were unearned.

Ludwig also had some tough luck in the bottom of the fourth inning. After retiring the first two batters, Austin Bossart singled and scored on a triple by Kyle Toomey to give Penn a 4-0 lead.

Lubanski got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard in the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Voiro, the first run that Voiro has allowed in the last 14⅓ innings pitched

Ludwig (0-3) suffered another tough-luck loss. Yale's leader in ERA (2.27) and strikeouts (34) went the distance, allowing just one earned run and striking out five.

In Game 2, the Bulldogs saw Penn jump out to a quick 8-0 lead with four runs in the first inning off of Yale starter Nolan Becker, knocking him from the game after facing just six batters. The Quakers scored two more runs in the second inning off of reliever Eric Hsieh and two more in the third inning off of reliever David Hickey.

Hickey settled down and pitched three scoreless innings after his shaky third inning. He struck out the side in the sixth inning and finished with seven strikeouts overall.

In the first inning, Penn scored four runs on an RBI single from Rick Brebner, an error by Yale catcher Ryan Brenner, an RBI triple from Spencer Branigan and an RBI single from Vigoa.

A sacrifice fly by Greg Zebrack drove in Engelhardt and a run-scoring single by Brebner drove in Mraz to account for Penn's two runs in the second inning.

In the third inning, Ryan Deitrich's RBI double and Engelhardt's RBI single put Penn on top 8-0.

That was plenty of support for Quakers' starter Cody Thomson (1-1), who scattered six hits and allowed just one unearned run to secure his first win of the season.

Jacob Hunter scored Yale's only run of the game on an RBI groundout by Cale Hanson.

Hanson reached base in both games with a walk in Game 1 and a first-inning single in Game 2 to extend his consecutive-games streak of reaching base to an Ivy League-best 22 games. After failing to reach base in Yale's first two games of the season, the sophomore shortstop has reached base in every game since.

Yale returns home on Tuesday to take on in-state rival Sacred Heart in a doubleheader that begins at 3:30 p.m. at Yale Field.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity