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Yale Falls Short in Extras, 5-2

Alec Hoeschel (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alec Hoeschel (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Fall To 1-1 In Extra-Innings This Season

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Despite a stellar outing from freshman pitcher Drew Scott, the Yale baseball team could not muster enough offense against Hartford on Wednesday, losing 5-2 in 10 innings in the home-opener at Yale Field.

After a month full of cancellations, the Bulldogs (8-9, 2-2 Ivy) played their first home game of the season, losing to the Hawks in extra-innings as Scott earned a no-decision in his strong seven-inning performance.

The Hawks would score three runs in the tenth inning off freshman reliever Mason Kukowski (Katy, Texas), pulling away from the Elis after Yale had tied the game in the eighth. Kukowski (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season.

In his best outing of the season, Scott worked quickly and efficiently. The right-hander retired Hartford in order on three occasions, while posting five scoreless innings in the game. Scott allowed only two runs and four hits, while striking out three.

Sophomore Richard Slenker (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), who served as the designated hitter, went 2-for-3 with two walks, boosting his batting average to .409 (27-of-66) on the season.

Sophomore Alex Hoeschel (Hockessin, Del.) smacked an RBI double in the loss, while freshman Mikey Sliepka (Houston, Texas) drew an RBI walk with the bases loaded to tie the game in the eighth inning.

In a 2-2 game in the tenth inning, Hartford's Sebastian DiMauro and Ben Bengtson hit back-to-back doubles off Kukowski, giving the Hawks a two-run lead. Freshman Tyler Duncan (Newport Beach, Calif.) relieved Kukowski, allowing an RBI single to Ryan Lukach to give Hartford a 5-2 advantage.

The Bulldogs had a chance to end the game in the bottom half of the ninth, when sophomore Derek Brown (Houston, Texas) was on third base with one out. Senior Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.) and sophomore Harrison White (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) both struck-out, missing a chance to knock-in the game-winning run.

Facing a 2-1 deficit in the eighth, the Bulldogs loaded the bases for Sliepka, who drew a walk on a 3-2 count, tying the game after Yale had trailed since the first inning.

Hoeschel's RBI double came in the seventh, when the second-year first baseman ripped a ball into the right-center gap, scoring Sliepka from first and cutting the lead in half, 2-1.

In a tightly-played game with no errors, the Bulldogs flashed some leather, including a diving catch by Hoeschel, snagging a pop-up in foul territory after running near the visitor's dugout on the first-base side.

The Bulldogs left 10 runners on base throughout the game, proving unable to punch across enough runs to support Scott's brilliant effort.

Yale returns to action this weekend when it hosts Penn on Saturday and Columbia on Sunday, with both days bringing doubleheader action to Yale Field. First pitch on each day is scheduled for 12 p.m. Check back to yalebulldogs.com for further updates, as rain may be a factor this weekend.

 

Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity