Toups, Scharff Homer in Loss to No. 11 Virginia

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David Toups. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Yale University baseball team was held to six hits by a quartet on Virginia's pitching staff, but a pair of Bulldogs left their mark in a 14-3 loss to the 11th-ranked Cavaliers in the first of two meetings this week at Davenport Field Tuesday night.

Sophomore second baseman David Toups and senior DH Josh Scharff both belted home runs, Yale's first round-trippers of the season, but overall, the Bulldogs (1-8) had a difficult time breaking through against the Cavaliers (18-2).

Freshman starter Trey Oest worked six innings, allowing one run on just three hits, one of which was the home run by Toups. Nathan Kirby and Cameron Tekker both worked a hitless inning of relief.

It wasn't until Nathaniel Abel entered the game in the ninth inning that Yale's bats were able to break through. Junior shortstop Cale Hanson led off the inning with a single and Toups followed with a single to center to put two runners on with no outs. Jacob Hunter grounded into a double play, allowing Hanson to move to third base. Scharff then belted a two-run homer to right-center field to give Yale its last two runs of the game.

While Virginia's pitching staff was keeping Yale's hitters off the base paths, the Cavaliers' bats were coming up with clutch hits early to pull ahead by an 8-0 lead after three innings.

The Cavaliers jumped on the board with a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit in the first inning when Jared King scored on a balk and Joe McCarthy scored on a wild pitch. Brandon Downes followed with an RBI double to give Virginia a 3-0 lead.

King's RBI single in the second inning gave Virginia a 4-0 lead. Branden Cogswell and King both drove in a pair of runs in the third inning to give the Cavaliers an 8-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth inning, Yale broke through thanks to Toups, who belted a line drive into the right field bleachers to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

Yale had two base runners over the next four innings until the bats came alive in the ninth. Meanwhile, Virginia scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth.

King went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Cavaliers. Mike Papi went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Toups went 2-for-4 with the home run to lead Yale. Scharff went 1-for-4 with his two-run home run, while Hanson, Joe Lubanski, and Tom O'Neill each collected a hit.

The two teams will close out their two-game series Wednesday at Davenport Field at 5 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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