Coleman Pitches Yale to Win over Ivy Leader Cornell
Hunter, Campbell Net Two Hits Apiece in Bulldogs' Victory
ITHACA, N.Y. — Junior right-hander Michael Coleman tossed seven shutout innings before giving up a pair of runs in the eighth, but his outing was strong enough to lift the Yale University baseball team to a 4-2 win at Cornell on Monday.
With the win, Yale improves to 3-15 overall, 2-2 in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs also move into a first-place tie with Dartmouth in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division. Cornell was the Ivy League's last unbeaten team before the loss. The Big Red falls to 15-7 overall, 3-1 in Ivy League play.
"Under the circumstances this was a great win," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "This keeps us at .500 in the league and in strong contention. We got a victory against the defending Ivy League champions on their home field. To get timely hits and great pitching after a real tough loss yesterday says a lot about this team. The guys really got up for this game and it showed in the final result."
Yale scored a run in the first inning and another in the ninth on passed balls. After loading the bases with one out in the first inning, Yale jumped out to a 1-0 lead when sophomore second baseman David Toups crossed the plate on a passed ball.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases again with one out in the third inning, and this time they capitalized with an RBI sacrifice fly by freshman Brent Lawson and an RBI single by sophomore Green Campbell, giving Yale a 3-0 lead.
With the way Coleman (1-3) was pitching, that was all the run support that he needed. He had five strikeouts in his outing, including a pair of Cornell batters in both the third and fourth innings.
Cornell threatened in the second inning, pushing a runner to third base with two outs, but Coleman escaped the jam unscathed.
The Big Red managed no more than five batters per inning in the first seven innings.
In the eighth inning, Coleman retired the first batter he saw before running into some trouble. Chris Cruz doubled with one out and later scored after Cornell loaded the bases with two outs. David Hickey replaced Coleman and hit a batter to force Cruz home. Conor McCabe followed with an infield single that drove in Ben Swinford. Both runs were charged to Coleman, but that was the only offense that Cornell could string together.
Sophomore Charles Cook scored an insurance run on a passed ball to put Yale on top 4-2, and Hickey secured the victory in the bottom of the inning by retiring all three batters he faced, including a big strikeout of Cruz for the final out of the game, to earn his first save of the season.
"Coleman just pitched great," Stuper said. "He pounded the strike zone with strikes and gave us a solid effort we really needed. Hickey came in a tough situation (eighth inning) and had a little struggle but he pitched well in the ninth. Cruz is a professional hitter. He never takes bad swings. I did not want him to be the tying run when he came up in the ninth."
Yale returns to action Tuesday afternoon with a nine-inning showdown against in-state rival Sacred Heart at Yale Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity