WEST HAVEN, Conn. - In a bizarre outcome Wednesday, Yale defeated University of Massachusetts-Lowell 1-0 despite being no-hit. Yale scored the only run of the game on a squeeze bunt from Brent Lawson.
UMass Lowell starter Raz Bracha threw a great game, pitching six innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and no earned runs. But a lone Yale run in the fifth inning was enough to give the Bulldogs the victory.
In the fifth, Green Campbell was hit by pitch with one out by Bracha. Then, Cale Hanson's ground ball to the third basemen was misplayed, allowing both men to stay on base. Each moved up another base on a Bracha wild pitch, putting the eventual winning run on third for Brent Lawson. He dropped down a safety squeeze to score Campbell and take the 1-0 lead.
Yale's pitchers were stellar, making that one run count. Starter Chris Lanham earned his third win of the year, throwing five innings and striking out seven on four hits and no runs. Chasen Ford pitched the sixth and seventh in near-perfect fashion, surrendering no hits and walking just one. Chris Moates got the save by pitching scoreless eight and ninth innings, striking out four.
Yale Head Coach John Stuper had some words after the wacky game. "I've been around a long time and been on both sides of no hitters, but never have I had a team of mine no hit and won. You watch enough baseball, I guess you'll see everything."
He noted a crucial outfield assist from Eric Hsieh in the eighth inning, which gunned down a runner at third for the final out.
Overall, he was very pleased with the performances from all three pitchers, who kept UMass Lowell off the scoreboard. "Tip of the hat to our pitchers. They just kept putting up zeroes."
Yale broke the .500 mark for the first time this season. They play next Thursday at Hartford at 1:00 PM EDT, a game that was postponed from Tuesday.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity