Lawson Tallies 2 Hits in Yale’s Loss at Cornell
Second Game of Doubleheader Postponed to Monday at 11 a.m.
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale University baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top half of the first inning, but Cornell responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning and added single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to slip past the Bulldogs, 8-5, in Ivy League play Sunday afternoon at Hoy Field.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed to Monday at 11 a.m. due to rain.
With the loss, Yale falls to 2-15 overall, 1-2 in Ivy League play. Cornell improved to 15-6 overall, 3-0 in Ivy League play.
Freshman Brent Lawson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Bulldogs. Senior Josh Scharff went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Joe Lubanski and Tom O'Neill also drove in runs for the Bulldogs.
As they did in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader at Princeton, the Bulldogs plated runs early to take a quick lead over the Big Red. David Toups and Jacob Hunter reached base to lead off the game and advanced into scoring position thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Erick Hsieh.
Yale picked up its first runs of the game thanks to a little small ball as Scharff drove in Toups with an infield single and Lawson followed with a bunt single to drive in Hunter.
After an infield error and a walk loaded the bases, Lubanski's RBI single drove in Scharff and O'Neill followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to drive in Lawson to give Yale a 4-0 lead. Senior captain Chris Piwinski followed with a grounder that was misplayed by the shortstop, allowing Green Campbell to score the fifth run of the inning.
Yale's 5-0 lead proved to be short-lived as Cornell bounced back with five runs in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 5-5, with the big hit coming off the bat of J.D. Whetsel, who doubled in two runs.
Whetsel doubled in another run in the third inning. Chris Cruz doubled in a run in the fourth inning, and Whetsel scored the final run of the game on a fielder's choice that gave Cornell an 8-5 lead.
Yale had a chance to cut into Cornell's lead after loading the bases with one out in the sixth inning, but the Bulldogs' bats couldn't produce the key hit to push home any of the runners on base.