April 20, 2012

Yale Eliminated from Rolfe Division Race

Hanson's Streak Ends in Game 1 of Doubleheader Sweep; Fortunato Carries Yale Bats

 

HANOVER, N.H. — The Yale University baseball team was eliminated from contention for the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division title with a pair of losses at Division leader Dartmouth, 4-3 in seven innings and 5-4 in 12 innings, on Friday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on the Dartmouth campus.

With the losses, Yale fell to 9-28-1 overall, 2-12 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth improved to 15-15 overall with the victories, 9-5 in Ivy League play, and took a seven-game lead over Yale in the Rolfe Division with six Ivy League games remaining in the regular season, eliminating Yale from contention for the Rolfe Division title.

Yale sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson entered the weekend with a 34-game on-base streak, but he went 0-for-3 in the opening game to end the streak. In his three at-bats, Hanson struck out in the first inning, grounded into a double play in the third inning, and flied out to right field in the sixth inning.

Sophomore first baseman Kevin Fortunato had two hits and drove in all three of Yale's runs in Game 1, including a solo home run to lead off the second inning, giving Yale a 1-0 lead.

Dartmouth struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to jump out to a 3-1 lead behind a two-run single by Chris O'Dowd and an RBI single by Dustin Selzer.

Yale tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run single by Fortunato.

Dartmouth reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Jake Carlson that put the Big Green up for good 4-3.

Senior captain Ryan Brenner went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the opener. Jacob Hunter added a hit and a run scored.

In Game 2, Fortunato added three more hits and two more RBIs but it wasn't enough to lift Yale to the win as Dartmouth broke a 4-4 tie with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to escape with a 5-4 win that completed the sweep.

Fortunato doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to give Yale an early 2-0 lead. In total, the sophomore first baseman 5-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs to carry the Yale offense.

Trailing 2-0, Dartmouth jumped out to a 4-2 lead with a run in the bottom of the first and three more in the bottom of the second inning. Joe Sclafani scored from third base on a double-play grounder in the first inning. In the second, the Big Green scored its three runs on a two-run triple by David Turnbull and an RBI sacrifice fly by Carlson.

Yale rallied with a run in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Josh Scharff that cut the deficit to 4-3 and another run in the sixth on an RBI double by Charlie Neil that tied the game at 4-4.

The teams traded zeroes until Selzer's RBI single with two outs drove in Carlson with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning.

After his 0-for-3 outing in Game 1, Hanson went 2-for-6 with a run scored and a stolen base in Game 2. Neil went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Yale outhit Dartmouth 14-10 in Game 2.

The two teams will close out the series with a second doubleheader on Saturday at Dartmouth.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity