Lanham Turns-In Brilliant Performance
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – In a wild day of baseball at Yale Field, the Yale baseball team was swept in the first of two doubleheaders with Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon, 3-2 and 22-10.
The Bulldogs (9-16, 2-8 Ivy) lost an extra-inning pitcher's duel in game one, as junior righty Chris Lanham (Houston, Texas) had his most impressive performance of the season in the nail-biting loss. In game two's scoring fest, the Elis fell behind early and were unable to catch-up, despite 10 runs and 17 hits.
Nine Yale players had multiple hits on the afternoon, including Golden Spikes Award candidate, Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), who went 3-for-8 with a run scored in the doubleheader.
Senior Robert Baldwin (Austin, Texas), senior Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.), sophomore Richard Slenker (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and sophomore Derek Brown (Houston, Texas) each had three or more hits on Saturday, as well.
In a game-long pitching duel between Lanham and Big Green starter Mike Concato, it was the Dartmouth righty outlasting the Bulldog junior, as Yale's Rolfe Division rival grinded out a 3-2 victory over the Elis in eight innings in Saturday's first game.
An RBI sacrifice fly by Dartmouth's Kyle Holbrook in the top of the eighth scored what proved to be the game-winning run for the Big Green, despite it being unearned to Lanham. A key error by Brown at shortstop set-up the opportunity for Holbrook.
Lanham (3-4) was brilliant on the mound, allowing only two earned runs and seven hits in the complete-game effort. Over his eight innings, the Yale ace struck-out six and walked only one, while stranding eight Dartmouth runners.
Campbell and Slenker each had two hits for the Bulldogs, knocking in both of Yale's runs on RBI hits in the third and fifth innings. Hsieh also had two hits for the Elis.
Concato also threw a complete-game for the Big Green, allowing two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in his dominant performance. Yale left seven runners on base, unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
After retiring the first batter in the eighth inning, Lanham allowed the next two batters to reach base on a single and hit-by-pitch. A sharp groundball by Dartmouth's Nick Ruppert was botched by Brown at shortstop, setting up a one-out, bases-loaded chance for the Big Green in a 2-2 game.
Holbrook's deep flyball to center was long enough to score Nick Lombardi, giving Dartmouth a 3-2 lead.
Up until the eighth, Lanham had found ways to consistently get the Bulldogs out of trouble. With one out and runners on first and third in the seventh inning, the junior righty got a groundball to second, which junior Nate Adams (St. Louis, Mo.) would spin into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
The Bulldogs also had their chances, as Adams and freshman catcher Alex Boos (Indianapolis, Ind.) both struck-out with sophomore Harrison White (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) on second base in the sixth inning, a run that would have given Yale the lead.
Lanham managed to work out of trouble in the sixth inning, too. Dartmouth had the bases loaded with two outs, aided by two Yale fielding errors. With a 3-2 count to Holbrook, Lanham got him to fly-out to center, getting the Elis out of a jam.
The Yale ace was in command throughout the entire game, placing pitches wherever he wanted. The only hiccup by Lanham was a two-run home run by Michael Ketchmark in the fourth inning, which at the time gave Dartmouth a 2-1 lead.
A two-out RBI single to left by Campbell in the fifth inning is what tied the score, 2-2, eventually sending it into extras. The Bulldogs scored the game's first run in the third inning by way of a deep double to left off the bat of Slenker, plating Hsieh.
The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game, but three errors proved too much to overcome. White and Boos each contributed one hit apiece in the loss.
Just as soon as the pitching duel in game one had ended, the scoring parade in game two began, as the Bulldogs came out on the losing side of the 22-10 game with the Big Green, despite having 17 hits, three each by Baldwin and Brown.
Yale faced an early 5-0 deficit in the second inning and despite its comeback efforts, the Big Green kept pushing ahead, as the Bulldogs left 12 runners on base in the game two loss.
In the final two innings of the contest, 19 total runs were scored as both teams emptied their bullpens, leading to the inflated score. Both teams scored seven runs in their halves of the eighth inning.
Baldwin went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for the Elis, while Brown was also 3-for-5 with one RBI. Sophomore Alec Hoeschel (Hockessin, Del.) added two hits of his own coming off the bench for Yale.
Freshman Mason Kukowski (Katy, Texas) made his first career collegiate start on the mound, going just 1.1 innings while allowing five earned runs in his brief appearance. Freshman Drew Scott (Henrico, Va.) pitched 4.2 innings in relief, allowing four earned runs on five hits.
The Big Green scored five runs on five hits in the second inning off the Bulldog starter, including a two-RBI double by Matt Parisi down the left field line. Junior Chris Moates (Smithville, Ga.) retired the final two batters of the inning in relief of Kukowski.
Facing a 5-0 hole, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the fourth with RBI singles by Baldwin and Adams, cutting the lead to 5-2.
Dartmouth answered in the fifth, scoring two runs off Scott, retaking a five-run lead. The Big Green would tack-on another in the sixth, making it 8-2.
An RBI sacrifice fly by Campbell in the bottom half of the sixth would narrow Dartmouth's lead to 8-3, but that was as close as the Bulldogs got. The Big Green scored 14 runs in the final three innings, coming off four different Yale relievers.
The Bulldogs scored seven times in the eighth inning, with all runs charged to Dartmouth reliever Thomas Olson. A two-RBI double by Baldwin, as well as RBI singles by Herrera, Hoeschel and Brown highlighted the inning for Yale.
Sophomore right-hander Jackson Bubala started for Dartmouth, going 4.2 innings and allowing two earned runs. Reliever Marc Bachman pitched 2.1 innings in relief of Bubala, picking up the win in his outing.
In Saturday's games, Campbell extended his team-high hitting streak to six games. With two RBI in game two, the senior outfielder now has 11 RBI on the season, one of five Bulldogs to have double-figure RBI totals this season.
The Bulldogs will face the Big Green in another doubleheader on Sunday at Yale Field, with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. Follow the games on live stats or on the Yale All-Access audio broadcasts.
Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity