Yale Extends Division Lead With Harvard Split
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Yale (15-19, 7-7 Ivy) picked up a key win in a doubleheader against Harvard (10-22, 5-9) on Saturday, extending its Red Rolfe lead to two games. Eric Hsieh went 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs, and three RBIs between both games.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth lost both Saturday games to fall to 5-9 in the Ivy League. Yale is two games in front of both Dartmouth and Harvard, with six games remaining in league play for each team.
Game 1 Summary
David Hickey's complete game effort wasn't enough for Yale, as Harvard took the first contest 6-2. Hickey allowed four earned runs across the seven innings, striking out four while walking none on ten hits.
Yale jumped ahead early, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning. Green Campbell starting things off with an infield single, but was backpicked by Harvard catcher Andrew Ferreira. Cale Hanson re-started the rally with a single through the left side, and was followed by Richard Slenker who hit a single of his own. David Toups hit a hard ground ball to the first basemen, which was misplayed to load the bases with one out. Robert Baldwin hit a hard ground ball as well, which took a bad hop past the shortstop to score Hanson. Eric Hsieh took a four-pitch walk to score Slenker, making the score 2-0.
In the third inning, Harvard rallied with two outs, stringing three hits together to score two runs. Hickey gave up a single, RBI double, and RBI single to even the score at 2-2.
In the fourth inning, Harvard singled to open the inning. Third basemen Tom O'Neill made an error to allow a runner, but followed it up by snatching a scorching line drive. But a Harvard double scored both runners anyway, taking a 4-2 lead for Harvard.
Harvard added two additional insurance runs in the fifth inning, putting together three singles off Hickey. The runs would be plenty enough, as Yale failed to score in the rest of the game.
Yale had five hits and just one walk in the contest.
Game 2 Summary
Harvard took the early lead, scoring a run in the first inning on a triple and subsequent double to make the score 1-0.
Yale tied the game back up in the third inning, scoring one of its own. Joe Lubanski singled up the middle, but was doubled up in a 4-6-3 double play. Campbell singled to center with two outs. Coach Stuper put on the delayed steal, which worked to perfection. The Harvard shortstop was late to cover the bag, so the throw sailed into center field and allowed Campbell to move to third base. Hsieh singled Campbell in to tie the score at 1-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Yale helped out starting pitcher Ford by scoring a run. Lubanski doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice fly, and scored on a shallow fly ball from Campbell. With the run, Yale took the final lead of the game to give Ford the decision.
Chris Moates took care of Harvard the rest of the way, allowing one run on four hits and no walks.
In the seventh inning, Yale poured on the runs. Campbell singled on a perfectly placed push bunt, and Hsieh followed him with a hit by pitch. Hanson and Slenker each singled, knocking in one run on the former. After a wild pitch and error, Yale had scored four runs in total, taking the score to 6-1.
After Harvard scored their last run in the eighth inning, Yale put up two more in the bottom half of the inning. Campbell walked, and scored on a Hsieh single. Hanson followed with another single himself, scoring Hsieh and taking the score to the final 8-2.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity