Hunter’s Heroics Help Yale Salvage Split with Brown

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Jacob Hunter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Hunter's Second Career Home Run Lifts Yale to Win in Game 2

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Yale sophomore second baseman Jacob Hunter belted a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to rally the Bulldogs to a 10-8 win over Brown in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at Brown's Murray Stadium. It was the second ninth-inning victory in the twin bill as Brown's J.J. Franco walked with the bases loaded in the opening game to lift Brown to a 2-1 win.

Yale (11-31-1, 3-15 Ivy League) will host Brown (9-31, 6-12 Ivy League) for Senior Day on Saturday at Yale Field in a second doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.

Yale trailed 8-3 in the second game Friday, but Hunter came through when the Bulldogs needed him most, producing the best offensive game of his short Yale career. Hunter went 4-for-6 in the game with an RBI single, two RBI doubles, and the three-run home run, finishing the day with six RBIs and two runs scored.

Hunter started the scoring with his RBI single in the top of the first, but Brown responded with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the inning behind RBI doubles from Will Marcal, Dan Massey, and Nick Fornaca.

Yale scored twice in the second inning when Squires scored on a double-play groundout by Cale Hanson and Hunter drove in Chris Piwinski for the second run with his first double of the game.

Brown scored single runs in the second, third and fifth innings to pull ahead 8-3, but Yale started its rally with a three-run sixth inning on Hunter's second RBI double and a two-run single by Kevin Fortunato that cut the deficit to 8-6.

Yale scored another run when Joe Lubanski and Squires led off the seventh with back-to-back doubles.

That set the stage for Hunter's heroics in the ninth inning.

Hunter and the Bulldogs can thank David Hickey for giving them the chance to rally to the victory. After starter Ben Joseph gave up the first six runs of the game, Hickey relieved him and worked seven innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits, striking out six. While he did allow Brown to score two more times, it was just enough to give Hickey his second win of the season. Eric Shultz worked a one-hit bottom of the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

In Game 1, which was scheduled for seven innings, Massey doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and later scored the winning run on a one-out, bases-loaded walk by Franco, his second RBI of the game.

Franco put the Bears on the board first when his RBI single in the third inning drove in Fornaca to put Brown on top 1-0.

Josh Scharff led off the top of the fifth inning with a double. Squires entered as a pinch runner to replace Scharff and Lubanski followed with a walk. Piwinski drove Squires in with a single that tied the game at 1-1 and moved Lubanski to third with nobody out. Yale had a chance to pull ahead in the inning but could not find a way to drive Lubanski home from third, with Ryan Brenner bouncing into a fielder's choice and Hanson grounding into an inning-ending double play.

Yale threatened again in the sixth inning when Jacob Hunter led off with a walk and stole second. David Toups followed with a one-out infield single and Charlie Neil walked to load the bases. Squires fouled out to the catcher and Lubanski flied out to end the inning and the threat.

Yale had one more challenge remaining when it loaded the bases in the eighth inning after a one-out single by Fortunato and a two-out intentional walk by Neil followed by an infield single by Squires, but Lubanski struck out to end the inning.

Yale had plenty of chances against Brown starting pitcher Anthony Galan but struggled to get the clutch hit. Galan worked 8⅔ innings in a no-decision, striking out 10 Yale batters while scattering eight hits and walking four batters.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity