March 9, 2013

Yale Bats Produce 13 Hits, but Army's Sweep Spoils Opening Day

Fortunato, O'Neill, Hsieh, Campbell, Piwinski Each Tally 2 Hits in Doubleheader Sweep by Army

 

TAMPA, Fla. — The Yale University baseball team collected plenty of hits to start the season off on a high note, but Army's bats produced a few big innings that spoiled Opening Day for the Bulldogs.

Alex Jensen and Jacob Page both collected four hits, while Jensen scored a total of five runs and drove in four more to lead Army to a doubleheader sweep of Yale at the Jesuit High School, with a 14-4 win in Game 1 and an 8-4 win in Game 2.

"It is a very disappointing way for us to begin the season. We were very poor in every aspect of the game," said Yale head coach John Stuper. "I'm confident we will bounce back tomorrow."

Army used a six-run first inning to take control of Game 1 early, eventually jumping ahead 8-1 after two innings. The six first-inning runs came on an RBI groundout by Pat Mescher, RBI singles by Page and Mike Sands, three unearned runs from a pair of infield errors.

Yale bounced back with a run in the top of the second. Kevin Fortunato led off with an infield single and scored on an RBI single by Tom O'Neill.

Army picked up two more runs in the bottom of the second when Jensen belted an RBI double and then scored on an infield error. The Black Knights then scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to pull ahead 10-1 before Yale put together a rally in the sixth.

Toups led off with a walk and Fortunato followed with a double. Brent Lawson struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, loading the bases with no outs. Eric Hsieh was hit by a pitch, driving in the first run of the inning. O'Neill followed with an RBI single and Chris Piwinski drove in the third run of the inning on an RBI groundout.

Army scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Yale threatened again in the top of the seventh after a pair of two-out walks, but Jacob Hunter grounded out to end the threat and the game.

In Game 2, Army jumped out to an 8-1 lead after six innings after scoring a pair of runs in the first and third innings, three in the fourth and one more in the sixth. Yale got on the board in the bottom of the first after Cale Hanson doubled and scored on an RBI groundout by David Toups.

Yale rallied with three runs in the ninth inning on RBI walks by Piwinski and Cam Squires and an RBI sacrifice fly by Hunter, but the Bulldogs could not muster any more offense to complete the comeback.

Fortunato, O'Neill, Hsieh, Green Campbell and Piwinski each tallied two hits in the doubleheader to lead the Bulldogs.

The two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon for the final game of the three-game set, with the series finale scheduled to be played at the spring training complex of the New York Yankees.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity