April 11, 2012

Hanson’s Streak Reaches 29 Games in Fairfield Losses

 

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team held leads in both games of a doubleheader against in-state rival Fairfield, only to see the Stags rally to victories in both games to earn the sweep over the Bulldogs, 4-3 and 8-4, at Yale Field on Wednesday.

Yale falls to 6-24-1 overall with the losses, while Fairfield improves to 14-19 with the wins.

Yale sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson extended his on-base streak to 29 games with a single in both games. He singled in the fifth inning of Game 1 and in his first at-bat in Game 2 to keep the streak alive. Hanson failed to reach base in Yale's first two games of the season, but he has reached base in every game since. He went a combined 2-for-6 with a walk and an RBI in the two games.

In Game 1, Yale jumped out to an early lead after Ryan Brenner doubled to lead off the game and scored on a squeeze bunt by Hanson. Josh Scharff doubled in a run in the bottom of the second inning to give Yale a 2-0 lead. Brenner put Yale on top 3-0 with a sacrifice fly with one out and the bases loaded that drove in Scharff.

Fairfield responded with two runs in the top of the third inning and two more in the fifth to pull out the 5-3 win. Tyler Wosleger drove in a run with an RBI double with two outs in the third inning and then scored on an RBI single by Anthony Hajjar. In the fifth, Wosleger and Hajjar reached with back-to-back singles, and with one out, Jack Giannini drove in Wosleger with an RBI single and Hajjar scored on an RBI double by Sebastian Salvo that put Fairfield on top 4-3.

Yale threatened in the sixth and seventh innings, putting two runners on base in both innings. However, the Bulldogs could not produce the clutch hit to drive in the tying run.

In Game 2, Fairfield jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the top of the third inning, but the lead was short-lived as Yale responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Brenner's two-run double started the Yale rally and he scored the tying run on an RBI single by Kevin Fortunato.

The Bulldogs jumped on top in the bottom of the fourth when David Toups led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on the play on an error by right fielder Billy Zolga, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Piwinski that gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.

Fairfield rallied to the win with three runs in the top of the sixth inning and two more in the seventh to pull out the 8-4 win and complete the sweep.

Brenner went a combined 3-for-6 with three RBIs to lead the Bulldogs. Jacob Hunter went 3-for-3 in Game 1. Toups also went 3-for-6 with a run scored.

Yale returns to action with a pair of doubleheaders against Rolfe Division rival Harvard on Saturday and Sunday at Yale Field. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity