March 31, 2012

Yale Drops Pair at Columbia

Hanson Extends On-Base Streak to Ivy League-Best 20 Straight Games Despite Losses

 

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The start of the Ivy League season did not fare well for the Yale University baseball team. The Bulldogs opened their Ivy portion of the schedule with a pair of losses, 3-1 and 3-0, at Columbia on Saturday at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

Yale falls to 6-15-1 overall with the losses, 0-2 in Ivy League play. Columbia improves to 8-13 overall, 2-0 in Ivy League play with the wins.

Yale sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson had a hit in each game, extending his consecutive games streak of reaching base to an Ivy League-best 20 straight games.

In Game 1, Columbia took advantage of a tough call that went against Yale in the third inning. The Lions used it to create a three-run rally that proved to be the difference in the game.

After Columbia's leadoff hitter, Aaron Silber, was retired on a groundout to the shortstop, Mike Fischer followed with an infield single that was initially ruled an out by the first base umpire after a stellar diving stop and throw across the diamond by Yale third baseman Chris Piwinski. Columbia head coach Brett Boretti questioned the call to the home plate umpire, who, after a discussion with the umpire at first base, overruled the initial call, ruling that Yale first baseman Kevin Fortunato had come off the first base bag despite an incredible stretch to make the play and hold the bag with his foot.

Instead of being the second out of the inning, the call reversal turned out to be the first of a string of four straight hits that led to the three runs in the inning. A two-run triple by Billy Rumpke and an RBI single by Dario Pizzano drove in the Lions runs.

Yale would attempt a comeback in the seventh inning after 10 straight Bulldogs were retired. Charlie Neil led off with a triple to left-center field. Fortunato produced a sacrifice fly to drive in Neil and cut the deficit to 3-1. After Joe Lubanski struck out, Piwinski then walked to bring the tying run to the plate. However, Hanson, who led off the game with a single, was retired to end the game on a line drive to center field.

Chris O'Hare (1-3) went the distance for Yale and took the loss. He went six innings, allowing seven hits with four strikeouts. David Toups went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs.

Pat Lowery picked up the complete-game victory for the Lions, striking out 7 and walking just one batter.

In Game 2, Columbia scored single runs in the first, third and sixth innings to take a 3-0 win in nine innings. The Lions outhit the Bulldogs 10-6 in the game.

Columbia scored the first run of game in the first inning when Jon Eisen crossed the plate before Dario Pizzano was tagged out for the third out.

In the third inning, Pizzano doubled to drive in Silber with the second run of the game. On the play, Hanson took a relay on the outfield grass from left fielder David Toups and fired a strike to catcher Ryan Brenner, who tagged out Eisen at home plate for the final out of the inning.

Alex Black's RBI triple accounted for the third Columbia run of the game.

Columbia's Harrison Slutsky earned the save after working the final three innings and retiring all nine Yale batters that he faced with five strikeouts.

For Yale, Jacob Hunter went 2-for-4 while Brenner reached bases three times with a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk.

Yale returns to action Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader at Penn.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity

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