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Bulldogs Riding High after Win over In-State Rival Sacred Heart

Chris Lanham (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity
Chris Lanham (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity

Lawson, Campbell Net Two Hits Apiece in Bulldogs' Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team used a four-run second inning to pull out a 5-3 win over in-state rival Sacred Heart in non-league play at Yale Field Tuesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs have now won three of their last four games, improving to 4-15 overall. Sacred Heart falls to 8-13 overall after the loss.

"We got a good win today," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "This was a productive day for us and we are finding ways to win now. We want to keep the momentum going tomorrow when we face UConn, which is a very good baseball team."

Sacred Heart jumped on the scoreboard first with a pair of second-inning runs thanks to a two-out, two-run single by Derick Horn.

Yale responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases and forced in a run before the first out was recorded. Senior Josh Scharff led off with a single and freshman Brent Lawson and sophomore Green Campbell followed with singles to load the bases. Sophomore Joe Lubanski walked to push home Scharff, and Robert Baldwin drew a one-out walk to force in Lawson, tying the game at 2-2.

Sophomore David Toups then drove in Campbell with an RBI sacrifice fly and Jacob Hunter followed with an RBI single to drive in Lubanski, giving Yale a 4-2 lead that it would not relinquish.

It was not for a lack of trying, however, as Jonathan Servilla led off the top of the third with a home run over the left field fence, but that turned out to be the extent of the Pioneers' offense.

Yale added another run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single from Campbell.

For the final six innings, the pitchers from both sides took over. Yale freshman starter Chris Lanham worked the first five innings, allowing just four hits while giving up all three Sacred Heart runs to earn his first collegiate win.

Sophomore Ben Joseph relieved Lanham in the sixth inning and was nearly unhittable, striking out four of the eight batters he faced while allowing just one hit in two innings. Junior Cale Hanson pitched the final two innings, allowing just two hits, to earn his first save of the season.

After the third inning, four Sacred Heart pitchers held Yale scoreless over the final five innings, giving the Pioneer bats a chance to stay within striking distance. However, the Pioneers managed to push only one runner to third base over their final six innings and never really threatened the Bulldogs the rest of the way.

Campbell and Lawson both had two hits to lead the Bulldogs. Campbell, Toups, Hunter, Lubanski and Baldwin all drove in one run.

The Bulldogs return to Yale Field on Wednesday for a second-consecutive game against an in-state rival. This time, Yale will face UConn at 3:30 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity