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Fast Start by Quinnipiac Topples Yale

Richard Slenker. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Richard Slenker. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Adams Records Two RBI For Bulldogs

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The Yale baseball team was unable to overcome a slow start against Quinnipiac on Wednesday night, falling victim to a seven-run first inning and an 11-3 loss to the Bobcats at the New England Baseball Complex.

The Bulldogs (6-6) were not without their scoring chances throughout the game, leaving the bases loaded on two occasions and stranding 12 runners combined in the loss.

Freshman Eric Brodkowitz (Potomac, Md.), returning from a recent arm injury, made his first start as a Bulldog on Wednesday. The right-hander would allow eight runs on 10 hits over four innings in his first collegiate loss, but showed great poise after a seven-run first inning.

Three Bulldogs recorded multi-hit games, including junior Nate Adams (St. Louis, Mo.), who went 2-for-2 with two RBI and one walk for the Elis. Sophomore Richard Slenker (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) stayed hot at the dish, going 2-for-4 and raising his batting average to .367 (18-for-49) on the year.

Following Tuesday's defeat against UConn when the Bulldogs amassed only three hits, the Elis smacked nine against the Bobcats. Senior captain David Toups (Houston, Texas) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, while senior Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.), sophomore Harrison White (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), and sophomore Derek Brown (Houston, Texas) each added one hit.

Sophomore righty Chasen Ford (Lake Forest, Calif.) provided 4.1 strong innings in relief of Brodkowitz, scattering three runs and five hits while striking out four. Freshman Mason Kukowski (Katy, Texas) would relieve Ford, striking out the last two batters in the ninth inning.

Trailing 9-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Bulldogs had loaded the bases after walks by Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Brown and Adams. With the bases full of Elis, Quinnipiac reliever Matthew Lorenzetti would strike out Yale's Andrew Herrera (Allendale, N.J.) to end the threat.

The Bulldogs scored their second run of the game in the sixth inning, when Toups hit a ground-rule double and would score two batters later when Adams smacked a double of his own, recording his seventh RBI of the season.

Behind 8-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Yale had the bases loaded with only one out, but would again leave all three runners on after a pop-out by Herrera and a groundout by Campbell to end the frame.

Adams recorded his other RBI in the bottom of the second, when he skied a pop-up in the infield, which safely hit the ground amidst confusion between Quinnipiac starter Charlie Murray and catcher Oestreicher. Brown would score on the play, cutting the Bobcat lead to 7-1 at the time.

Quinnipiac struck its biggest blow in the first inning, scoring seven runs on seven hits, with none bigger than a grand slam by eight-hitter Matthew Oestreicher to put the Bobcats up, 7-0.

Brodkowitz would settle down after the first inning, holding the Bobcats scoreless in the second and third innings, including a one-two-three performance in the third.

In relief of Brodkowitz, Ford threw three consecutive scoreless innings, before surrendering a run in the eighth off a solo homer by Oestreicher. The Bobcats would add two more in the ninth.

Bulldog hitters were only 2-for-13 in RBI opportunities and 3-for-18 with runners on base. Against Quinnipiac's three right-handed relievers, the Elis were just 4-for-19 in the final five innings.

Though the Bobcats ended up with 15 hits, the Yale pitching staff showed much improvement from the loss against UConn, posting an 8-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio against Quinnipiac. Herrera also threw-out two Quinnipiac base stealers in the loss.

Yale will get its first taste of Ivy League play this season when it travels to take on Cornell and Princeton this weekend. In a recent schedule change, the Bulldogs will now play Cornell on Sunday (doubleheader starting at noon) and Princeton on Monday (doubleheader starting at noon).

 

Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity