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Bulldogs Drop Non-Conference Game at Fairfield

Joe Lubanski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Joe Lubanski. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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FAIRFIELD, Conn - The Yale baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Fairfield in a non-league contest at  Alumni Diamond on Wednesday afternoon. The biggest hit in the game came from Fairfield second baseman Rob LoPinto, who hit a high fastball over the left field fence for a two-run home run in the fourth inning.  Yale falls to 6-19 overall while Fairfield improves to 10-17 overall.

LoPinto 's home run off of Yale relief pitcher Chris Lanham cost the freshman a loss in an otherwise effective outing. Lanham pitched 3.1 innings allowing only 3 hits.

Josh Scharff and Joe Lubanski both doubled for the Bulldogs.

Yale (6-19) jumped on the board right away in the top of the first inning and took a 1-0 lead. Freshman center fielder Nate Adams was hit by a pitch to start the rally off.  Sophomore left fielder Eric Hsieh then singled to centerfield to set up first and second with one out. Senior designated hitter Scharff then doubled home Adams from second.

Fairfield answered with a run in the bottom of the first when starting pitcher Ben Joseph balked in runner Jack Giannini from third base. After walking LoPinto and recording two outs in the second inning (striking out five and walking six) Joseph was relieved by Lanham.

In the top of the fourth Yale took a 2-1 lead when Lubanski doubled to left center field scoring second baseman David Toups, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

Nate O'Leary, Rob Cerfolio and Robert Baldwin each pitched one inning of scoreless relief for Yale. Adams and first baseman Jacob Hunter added base hits for the Bulldogs.

Howell was credited with the victory for Fairfield. Howell allowed four hits and two earned runs in four innings of work. Kyle Capaldo picked up the save for the Stags retiring the Bulldogs in order in the ninth.

Yale travels to Cambridge this Saturday and Sunday for a pair of Ivy League double headers against Red Rolfe Division rival Harvard. Both the Bulldogs and Crimson have 3-5 Ivy League Records. Dartmouth is the Red Rolfe Division leader with a 4-4 mark.

Filed by Matt  Yale, Yale Sports Publicity