Hsieh And Kukowski Continue Solid Play In Loss To Crusaders
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior first baseman Eric Hsieh continued his bid for Ivy League Player of the Year on Tuesday night, going 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot, as the Yale baseball team fell to Holy Cross, 10-1, at Fitton Field.
Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) led the Bulldogs (8-14, 2-6 Ivy) at the plate with three of the team's nine hits in the loss. The senior raised his Ivy League-leading batting average to .444 (32-for-72) against the Crusaders.
Despite having nine hits, Yale managed only one run in support of starting pitcher Nate O'Leary (Manteca, Calif.), its sixth consecutive game with five runs or less. The senior lefty picked up the loss for the Bulldogs, moving to 0-1 on the season.
O'Leary went four innings for the Elis, allowing eight runs, only four of which were earned. He scattered eight hits while striking out four in his first start of the season on a cold, rainy night on the Holy Cross campus.
Senior Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.) had two hits for the Bulldogs, his ninth multi-hit game of the season. Senior Joe Lubanski (Collegeville, Pa.) and freshman Alex Boos (Indianapolis, Ind.) had pinch-hit singles for Yale, contributing to the hit total.
Sophomore Richard Slenker (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) provided the only run of the game for the Bulldogs, when his fielder's choice plated Boos in the eighth inning. It was Slenker's team-leading 13th RBI of the season.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early start on O'Leary in the first inning, with the help of a throwing error by Slenker at third base, which would have ended the inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, a two-RBI double by Josh Hassell and a two-RBI single by Bill Schlich put Holy Cross ahead, 4-0. All runs were unearned.
Holy Cross tacked on another run in the second when a walk by O'Leary led to a stolen base and an RBI single by Jack St. Clair, pushing the lead to 5-0.
The Bulldogs were quiet on offense, being retired in order in the second and fourth innings, unable to chip-away at the Holy Cross lead.
O'Leary settled down in the third, striking out two batters and posting a scoreless frame. The lefty would also begin the fourth inning with two strikeouts, making it four straight.
The senior left-hander would not record an out in the fifth inning, as a home run by St. Clair, followed by two more singles, ended O'Leary's night. Holy Cross scored three times in the fifth, taking control with an 8-0 lead.
A two-run home run by Holy Cross' Schlich, who finished the game 2-for-3 with five RBI, in the seventh inning off freshman righty Tyler Duncan (Newport Beach, Calif.) capped off the Crusaders' offense. Duncan went three innings for the Elis out of the bullpen, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out one.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the eighth when Boos, Hsieh, and Campbell all singled with one out in the inning. Slenker's fielder's choice knocked in Boos, putting Yale on the board.
Freshman phenom Mason Kukowski (Katy, Texas) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Bulldogs, striking out the side in another strong outing for the first-year reliever.
Yale left seven runners on base and committed three errors in the field throughout the game, leaving the door open for the Crusaders to maintain an early lead.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to play Fairfield at 3:30 p.m. in another non-league matchup.
Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity