WINTER HAVEN, Fl. – Despite a three hit performance from Eric Hsieh, Yale lost to Bowling Green 5-4 in a back-and-forth matchup Tuesday at the RussMatt Invitational. Jacob Hunter ended a five game hit streak, but contributed an RBI in the contest.
Yale got on the board early, scoring one in the first inning. Eric Hsieh struck a double down the right field line, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jacob Hunter followed with a drive to center field, caught but enough to score Hsieh to make the score 1-0.
Bowling Green tied the score at one in the bottom of the second, as Logan Walker was hit by a pitch from Yale starter David Hickey coming around to score after two consecutively singles.
In the bottom of the third inning, Bowling Green added on to take the lead. After a leadoff double from Brian Bien and a walk from Jeremy Shay, T.J. Losby singled through the left side of the infield to score Bien. Hickey hit a batter to load the bases. He was then able to induce a ground ball, but it wasn't quite hit hard enough to convert into a double play, making the score 2-1.
Yale bounced back to tie the score in the top of the fourth. Singles from David Toups, Harrison White, and Cale Hanson preceded a clutch two-out single from Robert Baldwin that knocked in two, making the score 3-3.
Then, in the fifth inning, Yale took back the lead. David Toups singled through the four hole, then moved all the way to third on a wild pickoff attempt. Green Campbell did the job, knocking a sacrifice fly to center field, making the score 4-3 Yale.
In the seventh inning, Chris Moates relieved Hickey after a Bowling Green leadoff double. After a fielder's choice that moved the runner to third, a soft single up the middle scored the run to tie the game. Moates got himself in an out of a jam, loading the bases but keeping the score 4-4.
In the eighth inning, Bowling Green knocked a single to left field, then got down a successful sacrifice bunt. Moates got a ground ball to Adams for out number two that moved the runner to third. In the fourth and final lead change of the game, Bien sent a ground ball past the diving Nate Adams for a single to score the eventual winning run. Bowling Green would hold the Yale offense scoreless in the ninth, ending the game at 5-4.
Yale plays next Wednesday against Ave Maria for their final game in the RussMatt Invitational.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity