WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Yale smashed six runs in the fourth inning and never looked back, defeating Bucknell by a score of 13-5 Monday. Jacob Hunter continued his tear at the plate, with two RBIs on three hits, including a triple. It was his third consecutive game with both multiple hits and RBIs. He has a hit in each of Yale's first five games.
Freshman Chasen Ford (1-0) earned his first collegiate win in his second start, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Ford allowed two quick hits to start the game, surrendering one run in the top of the first. After that, each team went three up, three down all the way through the third inning of play.
Ford walked two in the top of the fourth, but got out of a jam in a unique manner. A chopper up the middle would have made a tough play for second basemen Nate Adams, but the ball first bounced off the runner, resulting in a dead ball out and the end of the inning.
The floodgates opened for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fourth. Adams and Eric Hsieh singled, and with none out Hunter rocketed a double in the left-center gap, scoring both to take the lead 2-1. Brent Lawson moved Hunter over with a well-placed bunt, and Harrison White scored Hunter on a single to left field, making the score 3-1. Campbell singled to the six-hole gap, setting the table for Cale Hanson. Hanson followed with a single of his own on a perfectly executed hit and run, scoring White and getting Campbell to third to extend the lead to 4-1. Richard Slenker used a safety squeeze to plate Campbell for the second out, and Robert Baldwin scored Hanson on a single to center. At the end of it all, Yale would hold a lead of 6-1, which would be enough to hold off Bucknell.
In the fifth inning, a wild attempted backpick from Baldwin led a runner to move into scoring position and later score on a single.
In the bottom half, Hsieh reached first on an error from the Bucknell shortstop, and moved to third on a single from Hunter. Lawson grounded into a double play, scoring Hsieh. Back-to-back doubles from White and Campbell extended the lead to 8-2.
Yale tacked on another in the sixth inning, capitalizing on some Bucknell miscues. Adams reached base on a chopper to the first baseman, whose underhand toss was wide and low of the covering pitcher. Adams moved to second on another Hsieh single, and to third on a wild pitch. Lawson did the job with a sacrifice fly to score Adams, making the score 9-2.
Ford found a bit of trouble in the seventh inning. After giving up two runs and three hits in the inning, Kevin Fortunato came in to relieve. He stranded two in the seventh with no runs scored.
In the eighth inning, Fortunato walked two and hit another, but still escaped without much damage: only one run, making the score 9-5.
In the bottom of the eighth, Yale provided more than enough insurance, scoring four more runs. Jacob Hunter hit an opposite field triple for his second extra base hit of the game. Two errors by Bucknell and a 2 2BI single from Adams left the score 13-5, where it would stay.
Green Campbell pitched the ninth, striking out two batters and allowing just one hit and no runs.
The Bulldogs play next Tuesday against Bowling Green.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity