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Hsieh Picks Up 3 Hits in Loss to No. 11 Virginia

Cale Hanson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cale Hanson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Sophomore Eric Hsieh collected three hits, but the Yale University baseball team dropped a 10-0 loss to 11th-ranked Virginia at Davenport Field Wednesday night.

Hsieh went 3-for-4 to lead the Bulldogs (1-9), recording a single in each of his first three at-bats of the game. Freshman Brent Lawson went 2-for-4 with a double. Sophomore second baseman David Toups and junior shortstop Cale Hanson both added a hit.

The Bulldogs collected seven hits, but of their nine base runners in the game, only two reached third, and the Bulldogs could not get the key hit to drive them home.

Five Virginia pitchers combined on the shutout, with starter Josh Sborz (2-0) earning the win after allowing four hits with four strikeouts in three innings of work

Yale starter Michael Coleman (0-2) allowed just three hits and two runs in his two innings of work. Chris Moates and Hanson both pitched well in relief. Moates allowed two hits and one unearned run in two innings, while Hanson tossed 1⅓ inning of scoreless relief.

After Yale held Virginia without a hit in the first inning, the Cavaliers jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the second inning. Robbie Coman doubled in a run with one out in the second and Reed Gragnani scored the second run of the inning on an RBI groundout by John Laprise.

In the third inning, Jared King led off with a double and he later scored on an RBI groundout by Mike Papi. Gragnani followed Papi's groundout with a two-run double and then scored on a wild pitch for the fourth run of the inning, which gave the Cavaliers a 6-0 lead after three innings.

Branden Cogswell reached base on an infield single with one out in the sixth inning. He moved to second on a single by Rob Bennie and then to third on a passed ball. Joe McCarthy followed with an RBI groundout to push Cogswell home with Virginia's seventh run of the game.

George Ragsdale made it 8-0 when his RBI single with no outs in the seventh inning scored Derek Fisher. Virginia later loaded the bases with two outs in the inning and Bennie roped a single to right field to drive in Papi, and with the bases still loaded, McCarthy walked to force in Ragsdale, giving Virginia a 10-0 lead after seven innings.

Yale will head north for a four-game series against Holy Cross this weekend. The Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Holy Cross for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday before celebrating Opening Day at historic Yale Field on Sunday with a second doubleheader against the Crusaders beginning at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity