Bulldogs Win Their First City Series Title Since 2011.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore right-hander Chasen Ford (Lake Forest, Calif.) pitched six scoreless innings, scattering only two hits against Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon, leading Yale to its first City Series championship title since 2011.
On a rainy weekend that saw Saturday's schedule get postponed to Sunday, the Bulldogs used a five-run third inning to gain a permanent lead against the visiting Bobcats, on their way to a 6-0 victory at Yale Field.
Yale used "small-ball" tactics in the third inning, bunting six times in the inning off Quinnipiac pitcher Joseph Scaglione (Wyckoff, N.J.) and capitalizing off of three Bobcat errors. Derek Brown (Houston, Tx.) and Robert Baldwin (Austin, Tx.) contributed RBI bunts, while Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) punched across another run with a sacrifice fly.
Dominant pitching by the Bulldogs kept Quinnipiac bats quiet throughout the afternoon. Ford faced only 20 batters in six innings, striking out three and walking two.
Freshman Eric Brodkowitz (Potomac, Md.) relieved Ford, pitching two scoreless innings of his own, including two strike outs. Freshman Drew Scott (Henrico, Va.) closed the door in the ninth by striking out the side.
"We played really well today. We played some small-ball, tested the defense a little bit, forced the action, and our pitchers were absolutely tremendous," said Yale head coach John Stuper after the game. "That was sophomore (Ford), freshman (Brodkowitz), freshman (Scott); they pounded the zone and struck some guys out."
"We made all the plays with no errors…you put all those things together and it's usually going to equal a win."
Senior captain David Toups (Houston, Tx.) was named the City Series Most Valuable Player after the game. Toups contributed one hit and one run on Sunday, as well as a clutch two-RBI single on Friday against New Haven in the first round of the two-day tournament.
Game 1 – Yale 4, New Haven 3
The Bulldogs earned the right to play in the championship game on Sunday by defeating the University of New Haven on Friday night, 4-3, in a nail-biting finish.
After Quinnipiac had beaten Southern Connecticut in the first Friday game, Yale needed a victory to compete for the City Series title.
Yale received a strong pitching performance from junior righty Chris Lanham (Houston, Tx.), who struck out seven batters over five innings, allowing only two earned runs.
The Bulldogs came out swinging in the first inning, utilizing a long double by Baldwin, followed by a Brent Lawson (Newport Beach, Calif.) single to produce the game's first run.
After the Chargers took the lead in the top half of the third with RBI hits by Tom Walraven (Pine Bush, N.Y.) and T.J. Riccio (Port Jeff Station, N.Y.), the Bulldogs answered in the bottom half. A bases-loaded walk by Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.) tied the game, while a clutch two-out, two-RBI single by Toups gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish.
Junior righty Chris Moates (Smithville, Ga.) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out four.
In the ninth, Hsieh came in to relieve Moates with the bases loaded and only one out. Hsieh answered the call, getting Riccio to ground out into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game and advance Yale to the championship game.
Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity