NEW YORK – Starters Chris Lanham and David Hickey combined for 14 shutout innings as the Yale baseball team swept Columbia Tuesday afternoon at Robertson Field. The Bulldogs won game one 3-0 and won game two 4-1.
Lanham, a sophomore righty, allowed just three hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six in seven innings in game one. Columbia started Joey Donino had just one rough inning, but that was enough for Yale to earn the win. The Bulldogs scored three times in the top of the third, with junior catcher Robert Baldwin doubling in junior leftfielder Eric Hsieh to start the scoring. Baldwin later scored on a balk, and an RBI double by senior shortstop Cale Hanson capped the scoring. Lanham allowed a one-out single in the seventh inning, but finished off the game by inducing two groundouts.
Hickey, a senior lefty, was similarly dominant in game two; he also allowed just three hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked just one. RBI doubles by junior centerfielder Green Campbell and sophomore third baseman Tom O'Neill gave Yale a 2-0 lead in the fifth, and the Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-0 in the eighth. After junior rightfielder David Toups tripled in Hanson, Toups scored on a wild pitch.
Hickey walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the eighth, and sophomore righthander Chris Moates came on in relief. After hitting a batter, Moates induced a crucial double play. He then got a groundout to short to end the inning.
Columbia (8-14, 2-2 Ivy League) threatened again in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on second and third with no-one out. But Moates got a strike out, a ground out and a flyout to escape the jam allowing just one run.
Head Coach John Stuper was thrilled with his team's recovery following two losses Monday to Penn. Said he, "I could not be prouder of these guys. We played poorly yesterday and they bounced back in a big way." Lanham and Hickey were "absolutely outstanding" in his words. He also credited clutch two-out hitting as a major factor in both wins.
Yale (9-11, 2-2 Ivy League) returns to action Wednesday against UConn.