Yale Falls To Michigan State

Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Yale University baseball team put together a stellar pitching effort against Toledo in the first game on Friday, but the Bulldogs' pitchers could not carry that effort into Friday's nightcap against Michigan State.

Michigan State's batters took control of the game early and lifted the Spartans to a 14-1 win over Yale in the Bulldogs' seventh game at the RussMatt Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park.

The Spartans (9-3) sent 53 batters to the plate in the game and collected 18 hits and seven walks.

The Spartans jumped out to a 9-0 lead, scoring three runs in the second inning, a run in the fourth, two more in the fifth and three in the seventh before Yale (3-4) plated its only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Charlie Neil home run.

Michigan State starter Kurt Wunderlich worked six innings, allowing only three hits and striking out seven. Spartans reliever Tim Simpson struck out all three Yale batters that he faced in the ninth inning.

Yale managed only eight base runners in the game. Yale starter Rob Cerfolio scattered 10 hits and allowed four earned runs with three strikeouts over five innings.

Yale closes out the Florida trip against Ohio State on Saturday.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity