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Yale Swept by Dartmouth

David Toups (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)
David Toups (photo by Alexandra Schmeling '16)

Moates And Campbell Shine In Game Two

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Strong pitching was the theme of the Yale baseball team's Sunday doubleheader with Dartmouth, as the Bulldogs were swept, 7-0 and 3-2, on another beautifully sunny day at Yale Field.

The Bulldogs (9-18, 2-10 Ivy) continued to have difficulty scoring runs in key moments, falling victim to a dominant start by Dartmouth's Duncan Robinson in game one and falling just one hit short in the ninth inning of game two.

Junior right-hander Chris Moates (Smithville, Ga.) turned in a stellar 8.1 innings for the Elis in game two, allowing only three runs while striking out four. Senior Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.) went 3-for-5 in the second game to lead the Bulldogs at the dish.

Dartmouth's Robinson held Yale to just three hits in game one, showing total command by striking out seven with no walks. Yale hitters two through five in the lineup went a combined 1-for-12 against Robinson.

Game 1

Duncan Robinson pitched a complete-game shutout for the Big Green, scattering just three hits over seven innings to beat the Bulldogs, 7-0, in Sunday's first game.

Campbell, senior captain David Toups (Houston, Texas), and freshman Alex Boos (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had one hit in the loss for the Bulldogs, who left three runners on base throughout the game. Yale was retired in order in four different innings by Robinson.

Sophomore righty Chasen Ford (Lake Forest, Calif.) toed the slab for the Elis against Dartmouth, allowing seven runs (four earned) in six innings, while striking out five and walking three. Fielding errors by freshman Mikey Sliepka (Houston, Texas) and Ford accounted for the three unearned runs.

Dartmouth struck first, getting an RBI groundout from Joe Purritano in the first inning, giving the Big Green a 1-0 edge.

The Bulldogs would make some noise in the second, as Toups led-off the inning with a double down the right field line. Later in the inning, with two outs and Toups on third, Boos laid down a well-executed bunt and nearly beat-out the throw, but was called out on a close play that would have scored the Yale captain.

With another opportunity in the third, Campbell singled with two outs and senior Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) at the plate. After Campbell stole second, Hsieh grounded out to short, leaving his teammate in scoring position.

Dartmouth's Ben Socher hit a solo home run off Ford to lead-off the fourth, pushing Big Green's lead to 2-0. With the bases loaded and two outs, Matt McDowell's groundball was misplayed by Sliepka, getting past him into left field. Dartmouth scored two runs on the play, extending the lead to 4-0.

A two-RBI single by Nick Lombardi in the fifth inning gave Dartmouth a 6-0 lead, before tacking on one more in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Matt Parisi. Hsieh pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Bulldogs.

Robinson did not allow Yale another good scoring chance after the first three innings, picking up the win in his outing. Ford fell to 2-3 on the season with the loss.

Game 2

Chris Moates retired the Dartmouth hitters in order in four different innings during his strong performance for the Bulldogs, as Yale fell just one hit short in the ninth inning from tying the game, losing a tight 3-2 contest in game two.

Facing a 3-2 deficit with freshman Tom Ruddy (Sparta, N.J.) on second base and two outs, Campbell struck out on a curveball that just caught the inside corner of the plate, cutting the Eli comeback short against the Big Green.

Moates was dominant in his 8.1 innings on the hill, allowing just three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. After allowing two runs in the third inning, the junior right-hander impressively settled down by allowing just one run and three hits in the final five innings of his outing.

The Yale hurler set-down Dartmouth in order in the second, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, showing resilience as the Bulldogs struggled to give him run support.

Campbell was 3-for-5 in the game, while junior Nate Adams (St. Louis, Mo.) was 2-for-3, to lead the Bulldog offense. Toups was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while Ruddy was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the ninth inning.

Trailing 3-1 going into the ninth against Dartmouth freshman Patrick Peterson, senior Joe Lubanski (Collegeville, Pa.) led-off the inning with a deep double to right field. Adams followed with a single, putting runners on first and third with no outs.

Ruddy grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Lubanski from third and narrowly beating the speedy Adams at second for the first out. Boos flied out to right field for the second out.

Campbell dug-in with Ruddy on first and two outs. The quick freshman stole second base, putting him in scoring position for the Bulldog senior. On a 3-2 count, Peterson twirled a breaking ball on the inside corner, striking out Campbell and ending the game.

While trailing 3-1, Moates hurled scoreless innings in the sixth, seventh and eighth to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance. Only one Dartmouth batter reached base in those innings.

The Bulldogs scored their first run of the day in the sixth inning, when Toups hit a one-out double, later advancing to third on a fly ball by sophomore Harrison White (Laguna Niguel, Calif.). The Yale captain scored on a wild pitch by Dartmouth starter Louis Concato, narrowing the lead to 3-1.

Concato went seven strong innings for the Big Green, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out six Bulldog hitters. The Dartmouth captain picked up his first win of the season (1-5) with the 3-2 victory.

Dartmouth scored once in the fifth on a wild pitch by Moates and twice in the third with RBI hits by Joe Purritano and Nick Lombardi. Lombardi was 3-for-4 with an RBI in game two.

Peterson picked up his second save of the season for Dartmouth, completing the four-game sweep of Yale this weekend.

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday when in-state opponent, Trinity, comes to Yale Field for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch. Sacred Heart comes to town on Wednesday, also for a 3:30 start, as the Elis play two midweek games before a four-game set at Harvard next weekend.

The games this week can be followed on live stats or on @YaleBaseball on Twitter.

 

Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity