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Yale Falls to Bowling Green Despite Hsieh's Three Hit Day

Eric Hsieh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Hsieh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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