Adams, Joseph Lift Yale to First Win in Opener of Split DoubleHeader

Ben Joseph. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ben Joseph. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Joseph K's Eight in First Victory of Season


AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Freshman left-fielder Nate Adams continued his sizzling play of late, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Yale to its first win of the season, a 5-2 victory over Bucknell at Lake Myrtle Park on Wednesday as part of the RussMatt Invitational.

In the second game of the day, Adams went 2-for-3 with a run scored, but Yale dropped a 9-2 decision to Valparaiso at Chain 'O Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla. Adams now has seven hits in his last three games after going 3-for-5 on Sunday against Army.

With the split of the two games Wednesday, the Bulldogs moved to 1-4 on the season. They outhit the Bison 12-7 in the victory.

Sophomore right-hander Ben Joseph struck out eight Bucknell batters in his first start of the season. He scattered five hits and allowed one earned run to earn the win, the second victory of his Yale career.

Junior Kevin Fortunato, sophomore Green Campbell and senior Cam Squires also went 2-for-4 in the win. Campbell scored two runs and Squires drove in a run.

Bucknell jumped on the board first, plating a run in the bottom of the second when Jon Mayer was hit by a pitch to reach base with one out. He advanced to third base on Colby Vanderbeck's double and scored on an RBI groundout by Luke Lombardi.

Yale responded in the top of the third when Lawson led off with a walk and Campbell followed with a bunt single. Adams belted a single to left field to drive in freshman Brent Lawson with the tying run. Campbell scored on the play when Adams was caught at second attempting to stretch the hit into a double.

In the top of the fourth, sophomore David Toups led off with a double and went to third on a single by Fortunato. Squires drove in Toups with an RBI single to give Yale a 3-1 lead.

Bucknell cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Tommy Pennington came home on an infield error, but Yale managed to limit the damage as the Bison stranded two runners on base.

Yale added a run in the seventh inning when Campbell scored on an infield single by Adams. The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the ninth inning when Campbell scored again, this time on a sacrifice bunt by Cale Hanson that gave Yale the 5-2 lead.

In the second game of the day, Valparaiso jumped out to a 6-0 lead, using a five-run third inning, to put the game out of reach early. The Crusaders scored five runs in the third, another in the fourth inning, and three more in the ninth inning to secure the victory.

Yale managed a run in the fifth inning on a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Chris Piwinski that drove in Eric Hsieh and another run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Toups.

The Bulldogs managed seven hits in the nightcap, while Valparaiso had 10 hits. Adams and Jacob Hunter both had two hits to lead the Bulldogs.

Tanner Vavra, Andrew Bain, Chris Manning all had two hits for the Crusaders. Spencer Mahoney, Bain, John Loeffler, and Michael Morman drove in two runs apiece.

The Bulldogs will return to Lake Myrtle Park tomorrow night when they take on North Dakota State at 6 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity