WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Yale dropped two games to Holy Cross Sunday, losing the first 16-6 and the second 8-3. Holy Cross was the home team, despite playing at Historic Yale Field, due to field conditions.
In the first game (seven innings), Holy Cross jumped out to a second-inning lead and held it for the rest of the game. Yale starter Chris Lanham had his first rough outing, eventually allowing nine earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He walked two, hit a batter, and surrendered three singles to make the score 5-0 in favor of Holy Cross.
In the bottom half, Holy Cross' Jack St. Clair homered to open the inning, making the score 5-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, St. Clair would hit an RBI single as part of a three run inning. David McCullough relieved Lanham with two outs and allowed no hits in the inning. The score was 9-1 heading into the top of the fifth.
The Bulldogs fought back in the following half inning. Adams walked and Eric Hsieh was hit by pitch, then Jacob Hunter hit a fielder's choice that removed Hsieh from the bases. With two outs, Harrison White hit an RBI single to right field that scored Adams and moved Hunter to second. Cale Hanson drew a key walk to load the bases for Green Campbell, who was hit by pitch to score another run. With the bases still juiced, Brown doubled deep down the left field line, clearing the bases and shortening the Holy Cross lead to 9-6.
A tough sixth inning for Yale left the game out of reach. Holy Cross scored seven runs on five hits and two errors, putting the score to 16-6. That would become final as the Elis were shut out in the top of seven.
In game number two, Holy Cross jumped out ahead early again. In the second inning, Michael Coleman hit a batter and gave up three singles, good for two Crusader runs to make the score 2-0.
In the fifth inning, Yale took the lead. Baldwin doubled to left field, and Adams was hit by pitch. White singled to left field, loading the bases as Baldwin froze to ensure the hit would land safely. Hanson and Campbell followed with an RBI single and double, respectively, scoring three in total to make the more 3-2.
Holy Cross put up three of its own, however, in the bottom of the fifth. Four consecutive singles and a fielding error led to those three runs, taking back the lead at 5-3.
Holy Cross would go on to score one in the sixth inning and two in the eighth. The Bulldogs couldn't quite get on the scoreboard again, ending the game at 8-3.
Yale (7-9) plays next Wednesday at Quinnipiac at 3:00 PM EDT.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity