April 21, 2013

Hunter’s Six Hits Carry Yale in Split with Dartmouth

Hunter's 4-for-4 Effort Not Enough in Game 2 Loss; Bulldogs Eliminated from Rolfe Race

 

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Junior first baseman Jacob Hunter put on a hitting clinic, going 6-for-7 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, to lead the Yale University baseball team in a split of Sunday's doubleheader with Dartmouth at Yale Field.

Hunter went 2-for-3 in Game 1, scoring the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and driving in an insurance run in the fifth to lead Yale to a 2-0 win in seven innings over Dartmouth.

In Game 2, Hunter went 4-for-4, picking up four of Yale's nine hits, but the Bulldogs could not score any runs off of Dartmouth starter Michael Johnson and fell to the Big Green 5-0. The Game 2 loss eliminated Yale from contention for the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division crown.

With the split, Yale moves to 9-25 overall and 6-10 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth moves to 26-7 overall and 11-5 in Ivy League play.

It was apparent early in Game 1 on that the Bulldogs were going to give it their all to try to stay in the division race. Sophomore second baseman David Toups nearly blasted Yale onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when he belted a line drive into the short porch in right field, but Dartmouth right fielder Jeff Keller crashed into the fence as he reached over for the catch to prevent the home run.

The Bulldogs broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning after Hunter led off with a double and scored on a one-out RBI single by freshman Brent Lawson that gave Yale a 1-0 lead.

Hunter made it 2-0 when he singled home Cam Squires with two outs. Squires led off the inning with a walk and went to third after consecutive sacrifice bunts by freshmen Tom O'Neill and Nate Adams.

That 2-0 lead was more than enough for Yale starter David Hickey (3-2), who tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out a pair of Dartmouth hitters and walking just one. Dartmouth starter Mitch Horacek (5-2) was nearly as effective as he scattered five Yale hits and struck out four, but Hunter and Lawson were able to come up with timely hits to lift Yale to the victory.

In Game 2, Dartmouth jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and added two runs in both the fourth and ninth innings to secure the 5-0 win.

Dartmouth picked up the first run on an RBI single by Keller and made it 3-0 in the fourth after a one-out RBI double by Matt MacDowell and a two-out RBI single by Matt Parisi. All three runs came against Yale freshman starter Chris Lanham (1-7), who scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs with two strikeouts in four innings.

He was relieved by freshman right-hander Chris Moates, who held the Dartmouth lead to 3-0 for the next four innings, allowing just two hits. The Big Green broke through against Moates with four hits in the ninth that led to two more runs thanks to RBI singles by Dustin Selzer and Bo Patterson.

Otherwise, Moates was stellar in relief, allowing a total of six hits and two earned runs in five innings, striking out six Dartmouth batters.

Hunter's weekend against the division leader was nothing short of spectacular. He went 9-for-13 (.692) with a double, three runs scored and an RBI in the four-game series.

The Bulldogs return to Yale Field on Friday to celebrate Senior Day with a doubleheader against Brown. Yale will close out the 2013 season with a doubleheader at Brown in Providence. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity