Bulldogs Blank Hawks Twice, Allow Only Five Hits Combined In Two Wins
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team returned to the diamond for the first time in almost a week, and the Bulldogs' pitching staff showed that the time off was exactly what it needed.
Yale traveled to Fiondella Field to take on in-state rival Hartford in the first of two doubleheaders against the Hawks this weekend and the Bulldogs' hurlers were on target right from the start. Senior Vinny Lally tossed a two-hit shutout in the first game and five Yale pitchers combined to hurl a three-hit shutout in the second game to lead Yale to a 4-0 and 14-0 doubleheader sweep of Hartford Saturday.
The wins lift Yale to a 7-8 overall record, while Hartford drops to 1-13-1 with the two losses.
Lally improved to 2-0 on the season with his performance. He struck out 10 Hartford batters and allowed only five baserunners in the seven-inning complete game.
Lally got all the support he needed in the third inning when Trey Rallis doubled with one out to drive in Gant Elmore with the game's first run. The Bulldogs struck again in the fifth inning when Rallis and Elmore teamed up again for the scoring play. Elmore reached base on a two-out error and scored on an RBI single by Rallis.
Lally struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory.
In the second game, the Bulldogs' bats picked up the pace and pounded out 14 runs on 16 hits, including a pair of three-run rallies in the fourth and sixth innings and a five-run burst in the seventh inning that put the game out of reach.
Rallis, who was the Bulldogs' leadoff batter in the opener, hit in the cleanup spot in the second game and he came through in a big way. He was 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Jacob Hunter went 3-for-6 with two doubles and six RBIs. Hanson also had two hits and two runs scored.
Kevin Fortunato started the game and threw four innings before giving way to Yale's relievers. Avery Lanman faced only three batters in the fifth inning, but it was all he needed to earn the victory. Rob Cerfolio, Michael Coleman and Hanson followed with near flawless efforts. The five hurlers combined to allow only three hits with a total of six strikeouts and three walks in the victory.
The two teams will meet again when Yale hosts Hartford in the 84th Opening Day at historic Yale Field in a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity