WORCESTER, Mass. — After digging a big hole early, the Yale University baseball team found itself one key hit away from a come-from-behind win. Unfortunately, that hit never came in a non-league game at Holy Cross on Tuesday.
Yale fell behind in the fourth inning when Holy Cross used two hits, three walks, a hit batter and an outfield error to plate five runs, four of them unearned. The Crusaders scored one more run in the sixth, which turned out to be just enough insurance in a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs at Fitton Field in Yale's final non-league game of the season.
Yale had things working in its favor early on. After two walks and a hit batter, Trey Rallis, the Ivy League Player of the Week, belted a one-out single to right-center field to drive in Cale Hanson for the first run of the game. Yale loaded the bases with two outs in the inning but could not score again.
All of the damage done by the Crusaders in the fourth inning came with two outs. The first two batters in the inning were retired before Nick Ciardiello started the Crusaders' rally with a single through the right side. Chris Sintetos was hit by a pitch and then Josh Olson reached on an infield single that loaded the bases. Jordan Enos then walked to drive in the first run of the inning. An outfield error on a fly ball by Patrick Puentes allowed two more runs to score. Another walk loaded the bases and the third walk of the inning drove in the fourth run. A wild pitch allowed Puentes to score the final run of the inning. By the time the dust had settled, Yale saw its 1-0 lead turn into a 5-1 deficit.
Holy Cross added the insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Andrew Barry's RBI single with one out drove in Olson to give the Crusaders a 6-2 lead.
Charlie Neil doubled with one out in the seventh and scored an unearned run on an infield error to cut Yale's deficit to 6-3. The Bulldogs had runners on first and second with two outs but could not plate any more runs in the inning.
With one out in the ninth inning, the Bulldogs chipped away at the Crusaders' lead a little more. Neil singled with one out and Hanson followed with a two-run home run to bring the Bulldogs within a run. Megee's infield single and a walk by Rallis kept the rally going. However, the Crusaders quashed any remaining hopes the ?Bulldogs had of completing the comeback when Hauser forced Josh Scharff to fly out to center field and Ryan Brenner to line out to third to end the game.
Yale outhit Holy Cross 10-6 and had the benefit of three Crusader errors. All 10 Yale hits came from five players. Neil, Megee, Rallis, Hanson, and Moore each had two hits. Neil and Hanson each scored a pair of runs.
Yale closes out the regular season this weekend with a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders against Brown. Yale will host Brown on Friday for Senior Day before traveling to Providence on Saturday to finish out the Ivy League campaign. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter the final Ivy League weekend in a first-place tie with Dartmouth atop the Red Rolfe Division. The division champion advances to a best-of-three Ivy League Championship series against the winner of the Lou Gehrig Division next week.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity