April 3, 2012

Scharff Homers, Hanson Tallies 3 Hits in Loss at Sacred Heart

Hanson's 3-for-4 Effort Extends On-Base Streak to Ivy League-Best 23 Games

 

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Despite tallying a total of nine hits, the team's highest hit total in seven games, the Yale University baseball team suffered its sixth straight loss in a 6-3 defeat to in-state rival Sacred Heart Tuesday afternoon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Junior designated hitter Josh Scharff belted his first home run of the season, while sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and a walk. Hanson extended his on-base streak to an Ivy League-best 23 games.

With the loss, Yale falls to 6-18-1 overall, while Sacred Heart improves to 10-16.

The Pioneers jumped on Yale starting pitcher Ben Joseph (0-1) right from the opening pitch. The freshman right-hander hit the first two batters that he faced, gave up a run-scoring double, and then walked a pair before he was replaced by junior left-hander Nolan Becker. The bases were loaded when Joseph left the game. He gave up four runs on one hit and two walks in his first start since the second game of the season at Virginia Tech.

Becker came in and struck out the side in the first inning, but he also issued two bases-loaded walks before the end of the inning, allowing Sacred Heart to take a 4-0 lead.

Becker cruised through the second inning but found trouble in the third when the first two Sacred Heart batters, Dave Boisture and Dan Perez, singled, with Boisture scoring on a sacrifice fly out by Matt Charmello and Perez scoring on an RBI single by Keaton Flint, giving the Pioneers a 6-0 lead after three innings.

Scharff put Yale on the scoreboard with his leadoff home run in the top of the fourth inning.

The Bulldogs struck for two more runs in the sixth when Charlie Neil and Kevin Fortunato recorded back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. They both advanced on a balk, which allowed Neil to score on a groundout by Cam Squires. Chris Piwinski, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, followed with an RBI single to drive in Fortunato.

Yale had other opportunities, but three double plays hampered the Bulldogs' scoring efforts.

The efforts of three relief pitchers for Yale gave the Bulldogs a chance to rally in the later innings. Freshman Eric Hsieh struck out two batters and allowed two hits in two scoreless innings of work. Christopher O'Hare worked a hitless sixth inning with one strikeout, while Eric Shultz worked the final two innings, giving up no runs on three hits with one strikeout.

Yale returns to Ivy League action this weekend when it will host Princeton on Saturday and Cornell on Sunday for a pair of doubleheaders that begin at 12 p.m. on both days.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity