WEST HAVEN, Conn. – A late-game rally pushed Yale past Quinnipiac University Sunday in the consolation round of the City Series. The Bulldogs spread the work evenly, taking contributions from many position players and a bevy of pitchers that held the Bobcats to two runs on five hits.
In the fourth inning, Yale scored its first run with some small-ball and timely hitting. Sophomore center fielder Brent Lawson was hit by pitch to open the inning, and was moved over on an infield fielder's choice off the bat of freshman shortstop Richard Slenker. Third basemen sophomore Tom O'Neill would plate Lawson with a hard hit, two-out single to left field.
The Bobcats would answer in the eighth inning to take the lead. Sophomore DH Mike Palladino hit an RBI triple, eventually scoring on a wild pitch by sophomore Chris Moates. An acrobatic catch by Lawson in deep center field saved a hit for extra bases and keep the Bulldogs within one run.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Bulldogs would strike back to retake the lead. Senior first basemen Jacob Hunter singled on an infield single. Then, after a hard fought at-bat that included five foul balls on an 0-2 count, Eric Hsieh hit a chopper to third base just soft enough to reach base safely. Lawson was hit by pitch once again, loading the bases for Slenker with nobody out. He drove a single down the third base line to score two. Next, pinch-hitting junior David Toups singled to left to score Lawson, extending the lead to 4-2.
Moates would preserve the victory and earn the win with a scoreless ninth inning. With it, the Bulldogs took the 3rd place spot in the City Series.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity