Fortunato, Squires Both Tally Two Hits to Lead Bulldogs
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Trailing 4-1 after seven innings, the Yale University baseball team put together a late rally that produced a run in the eighth and ninth innings, but with a runner just 90 feet away from tying the game, the Bulldogs could not produce the two-out hit to tie the game as LIU Brooklyn held on for the 4-3 win in the RussMatt Invitational game at Chain O' Lakes Park.
Yale falls to 1-6 following the loss, while LIU Brooklyn picked up its first win of the season and improved to 1-11.
The Blackbirds scored a run in the third inning after Evan Emerich doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Albert Faz, The Blackbirds picked up another run in the fourth inning to go ahead 2-0 after Tito Marrero walked to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out RBI single by Emerich.
Yale picked up its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior shortstop Cale Hanson walked to lead off the inning. He advanced to third following back-to-back singles by Eric Hsieh and Jacob Hunter. Sophomore second baseman David Toups drove Hanson home with an RBI groundout to cut LIU's lead to 2-1. Yale had runners on second and third with just one out, but the Bulldogs' bats could not drive another run as LIU's starter Justin Topa retired the next two batters to escape further damage.
LIU Brooklyn picked up a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull ahead 4-1. Chris Untereiner's bunt single drove in John Ziznewski and Kevin Needham scored the fourth run on an infield error.
Yale cut the deficit to 4-2 following Hunter's RBI sacrifice fly that drove in freshman Nate Adams with two outs.
In the ninth inning, Yale put two runners on to start the inning following back-to-back singles by Josh Scharff and Cam Squires. Chris Piwinski's RBI groundout drove in pinch runner Charles Cook to make it 4-3 and allowed Squires to advance to third base, but the groundout was the second out of the inning. With Squires representing the tying run at third base, Tom O'Neill couldn't drive him home, and instead grounded out to second base to end the game.
Kevin Fortunato and Squires both had two hits in the loss. Hunter, Toups and Piwinski all had an RBI. Starter Chris Lanham (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on 10 hits in 6⅓ innings pitched.
Yale has one game remaining on its Florida trip. The Bulldogs will face Navy at 10 a.m. tomorrow before heading to the airport to return to New Haven in the afternoon.