Yale, Bradley End in Draw

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

Rain Forces Game to End in 7-7 Tie


LAKELAND, Fla. — The Yale University bounced back in a big way after Saturday's tough loss to North Dakota State, but that didn't translate into a victory for the Bulldogs. In fact, Mother Nature stepped in the way this time and left the Bulldogs with a tie game after nine innings.

Yale's game against Bradley was called after nine innings with the score tied at 7-7, leaving the Bulldogs holding a 2-6-1 record. The game will not be completed, leaving Yale with the regulation tie.

Yale had 10 hits in the game, with eight different players connecting for at least one hit apiece. Senior Captain Ryan Brenner and junior left fielder Josh Scharff each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Bulldogs. Senior Charlie Neil drove in a pair of runs with his fourth-inning single, while sophomore Kevin Fortunato doubled in a run and scored another run. Junior Chris Piwinski belted a triple in the sixth inning and scored a run. He also drove in a run in the eighth inning.

Bradley belted 14 hits off of Yale pitching, with second baseman Rob Elliott leading the attack with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and two RBIs. First baseman Jerrod Eigsti had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Yale trailed 3-0 after Bradley put together a three-run surge in the third inning, but the Bulldogs put together a rally of their own with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead after three innings. Fortunato's RBI double, Neil's two-run single and Joe Lubanski's RBI sacrifice flyout led to the four-run inning.

Yale scored a run in the fifth inning on Scharff's RBI single and another in the sixth after Piwinski tripled and then scored on Brenner's RBI single to open up a 6-3 lead.

However, Bradley rebounded with a run in the seventh and three more in the top of the eighth to take a 7-6 lead.

Yale tied the game in the bottom of the eighth when Jacob Hunter scored on Piwinski's fielder's choice. The Bulldogs had the potential winning run on base in the ninth inning, but they could not produce the clutch hit to bring him home and win the game before the coaches decided to end the game in a tie.

Yale has two games remaining on its seven-day, seven-game Florida trip. The Bulldogs visit South Florida on Monday and Lafayette on Tuesday.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity