WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Freshman Derek Brown went 3-for-3 with a walk in a 5-2 victory over Sacred Heart Wednesday. The combined efforts of five different Yale pitchers held the Pioneers to just four hits, striking out ten.
In the first inning, Yale took a two run lead and never looked back. Brown, batting in the leadoff slot, walked to open the inning. Cale Hanson, who also had three hits on the day, doubled in Brown. Robert Baldwin knocked in Hanson to take the early 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Brown started another rally, singling and advancing to second on an error. Hanson dropped down a bunt single, setting the table for Baldwin once again. Baldwin singled to right field to extend the lead to 3-0.
Starter Green Campbell was incredibly effective, throwing five shutout innings on just one hit. Campbell stuck out six and walked one en route to his first win of the year.
In the seventh, Sacred Heart put up two runs on two hits. Just one of those runs was charged to Ford, as a passed ball was the cause of one.
In the bottom of the seventh, Yale answered. Once again, Brown kickstarted the inning with a single. Hanson bunted for a hit again as well, putting men on base in time for a two-RBI double from pinch-hitter Richard Slenker.
Moates and Hanson shut down batters in the eighth and ninth innings, ending the game at 5-2. Hanson recorded his fourth save on the season.
Yale plays next against Harvard in a four-game weekend series with major playoff implications. Yale holds a one game lead in the Red Rolfe Division over Dartmouth.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity