DELAND, Fl. – Yale exploded offensively against Stetson Sunday, winning 15-4 and taking the weekend series. Catcher Robert Baldwin continued his hot start, putting up three hits and three runs with an RBI.
Stetson took the early lead in the second inning, scoring two in the bottom half. Starting pitcher David Hickey plunked a batter and surrendered a double immediately, then allowed two ground outs that scored each runner, making the score 2-0.
Yale answered immediately in the top of the third. Baldwin singled to left to start things off, then scored on a Jacob Hunter double. An error by the Stetson shortstop then allowed Kevin Fortunato to reach base and Hunter to score. The score tied at 2-2.
In the fourth inning, Yale piled on. Green Campbell and Cale Hanson each singled, chasing Stetson starter Ben Rakus from the game. Tom O'Neill dropped down a bunt for a base hit to load the bases. Robert Baldwin continued the hit parade with his second single of the day, scoring Campbell. Eric Hsieh was hit by a pitch, scoring another to make the score 4-2. Then with two outs, Fortunato came up in the clutch, singling through the left side to tack on two more. David Toups followed with a double down the right field line, scoring two more and making the score 8-2.
Stetson took advantage of some sloppy play in the bottom of the fourth, as the leadoff batter reached base and advanced to second on an error. After two wild pitches, he scored to shorten the lead to 8-3.
In the sixth inning, Nate Adams was hit by a pitch and moved over on a single from Eric Hsieh. Fortunato singled to left, scoring Adams. Then, Fortunato and Hsieh pulled off a double-steal, forcing an error from the Stetson catcher that allowed Hsieh to score. Hanson singled up the middle with two outs, scoring Fortunato to extend the Yale lead to 11-3.
After Stetson scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth, Yale put up three again in the seventh. Baldwin and Adams singled, and Hsieh was hit by pitch to load the bases with none out. Hunter hit an RBI fielder's choice that scored Baldwin but took Hsieh off the bases. With two out, Toups walked to load the bases for Campbell. Campbell singled up the middle, scoring two and making the score 14-4.
In the eighth, pinch hitter Andrew Herrera singled to lead off the inning. Nate Adams hit a bizarre ground ball that bounced off the third basemen and skipped past the shortstop, moving Herrera to third and charging errors to both fielders on the play. Eric Hsieh did his job with a fielder's choice to score the run, creating the final score of 15-4.
Head Coach John Stuper was proud of the response from his players after an ugly loss the night prior. "This was a good win, bouncing back from a tough game last night. We really banged the ball around today," he said.
Yale plays next Tuesday at Hartford at 3:00 PM EDT.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity