Big Games From Hunter, Lanham Can’t Stop Sweep

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Jacob Hunter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Holy Cross Sweeps DH Despite Hunter's 3 hits, HR, in Game 1, and Lanham's Game 2 Gem

 

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team saw a pair of big performances on Sunday, but Holy Cross still managed to pick up a pair of wins to sweep a second straight doubleheader from the Bulldogs, earning a 7-4 win in Game 1 and a 2-0 win in Game 2 at Yale Field.

Holy Cross swept both games of a doubleheader on Saturday as well, taking all four games of the weekend series from the Bulldogs. Yale fell to 1-13, while Holy Cross improved to 6-13.

In Game 1, Jacob Hunter went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Bulldogs. Kevin Fortunato went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Unfortunately, that was not enough to counter a pair of big innings by Holy Cross. The Crusaders scored three runs in the first inning and four more in the second. Mike Ahmed had two RBIs and scored two runs in the early outburst. Andrew Barry also scored two of the Crusader runs.

After scoring the big innings off of Yale starter Cale Hanson (0-1), that was all Holy Cross needed to secure the win. The Crusaders couldn't muster any offense the rest of the way off of Yale reliever Ben Joseph, who tossed 5⅓ innings of one-hit relief with two strikeouts.

Holy Cross starter Chris Kono worked 6⅓ innings, allowing all four runs, to earn his first win of the season. Andrew Boyce relieved him with one out in the seventh to earn his first save of the season after earning both wins in relief in the doubleheader sweep on Saturday.

In Game 2, both starting pitchers were superb, but Holy Cross starter Nate Walker was just a shade better than Yale starter Chris Lanham. Lanham worked eight innings, allowing five hits and both Holy Cross runs while striking out seven batters. Lanham threw 115 pitches, 77 of them for strikes in the spectacular performance.

Walker worked seven innings, allowing two of Yale's three hits. Boyce entered the game with two runners on with one out in the ninth inning. He got the final two outs to earn his second save of the day.

Robert Baldwin doubled, while Hunter and Josh Scharff singled for the Bulldogs' three hits.

Ahmed went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Crusader bats.

Yale will travel to Queens, N.Y., on Tuesday to take on Michigan at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity