Toups Keeps Hopes Alive, Lifts Yale to Split with Harvard

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

Bulldogs Score Six Runs in Ninth to Rally Past Crimson and Salvage Split

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Yale University baseball team got the lift it needed from a clutch at-bat from sophomore second baseman David Toups, who sparked a ninth-inning rally to lift Yale to a 7-3 win over Harvard in Game 2 of the first doubleheader between the two teams this weekend at Harvard's O'Donnell Field on Saturday.

Sam Dodge (1-6) tossed a complete-game three-hitter to lift Harvard to a 2-1 win in the seven-inning opening game. Yale starter Rob Cerfolio (1-4) also tossed a complete game, giving up five hits and two runs in a strong effort.

With the split, Yale moves to 7-20 overall, 4-6 in Ivy League play. Harvard moves to 7-23 overall, 4-6 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth (20-6, 6-4 Ivy League) swept a doubleheader from Brown on Saturday to increase its lead over Yale and Harvard to two games in the race for the Rolfe Division crown. Yale will play host to Dartmouth for four games next weekend at Yale Field.

Harvard was in position to complete the sweep of the two games, leading 3-1 in the ninth inning of Game 2. The Bulldogs loaded the bases to lead off the inning and Cam Squires promptly grounded into a double play that allowed senior captain Chris Piwinski to score Yale's second run of the game.

Harvard starting pitcher Sean Poppen was two strikes away from finishing off the complete-game victory, but Toups stepped to the plate and knocked a 2-1 pitch to left-center field to drive in pinch runner Rob Cerfolio with the tying run. Toups' tying hit knocked Poppen from the game.

Following the pitching change, Toups stole second, Josh Scharff followed with a walk and Brent Lawson loaded the bases with an infield single. Nate Adams then hit a grounder that should have ended the inning, but Harvard shortstop Mike Martin's throwing error allowed the Bulldogs to plate three runs. Joe Lubanski completed the rally with an RBI single that scored Adams.

The Bulldogs had five hits through the first seven innings of the game, but they sent 10 batters to the plate in the ninth inning, stringing together six hits for six runs in the inning, with three hits and five of the runs coming after two outs were recorded.

Michael Coleman (2-4) worked eight innings, giving up nine hits and two earned runs to earn his second win of the season. Cale Hanson tossed a perfect ninth inning in relief.

Piwinski went 3-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Bulldogs in Game 2. Lawson and Toups both added two hits.

The two teams will meet again for another doubleheader Sunday afternoon beginning at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity