Solid Start by Cerfolio Can’t Keep Yale from Falling to Army
Adams Records First Career Hits in 3-for-5 Outing to Lead Bulldogs
TAMPA, Fla. — A pair of players came up with clutch performances for the Yale University baseball team, but it was not enough to prevent Army from completing the three-game weekend sweep.
Freshman left-fielder Nate Adams collected his first three career hits in a 3-for-5 day and drove in Yale's only run of the game, but Grant Van Orden and Connor Love both drove in a pair of runs to lead Army to a 4-1 win over the Bulldogs at the spring training complex of the New York Yankees Sunday afternoon.
The loss completes a three-game sweep by Army and drops the Bulldogs to 0-3. The Black Knights improved to 3-7 with the victory.
Yale's starting pitcher Rob Cerfolio turned in a solid performance, allowing just six hits and one earned run over 5⅓ innings. He struck out three batters and walked just two.
Army struck first with an unearned run in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of sacrifice bunts and an infield error. Pat Mescher led off the inning with a lead off single and advanced to third on a pair of sac bunts. He later scored on an RBI groundout by Love to give the Black Knights the early 1-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Army picked up two more runs on an RBI groundout from Van Orden and an RBI single from Love.
The Black Knights pushed their lead to 4-0 with a run in the eighth inning on an RBI double by Van Orden.
Yale put a run on the scoreboard thanks to an infield single by Adams that drove in Jacob Hunter with two outs, but that was the only run that the Bulldogs could put in the books.
Yale outhit Army 11-7. Aside from Adams' three hits, which included a double, Cale Hanson and Hunter both had two hits.
"We were better today. We pitched better and swung the bats pretty well," said Yale head coach John Stuper. "We still have to clean up our game defensively. We are making too many errors, which led to two runs for the opposition, and it makes our pitchers throw more pitches. One thing I was confident in before the season was that we would be a good defensive team. I still feel that way."
The Bulldogs are off on Monday and will return to action with their first game of the RussMatt Invitational against Bucknell at Chain O'Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla., at 2 p.m.