Hickey Pitches Shutout to Help Yale Split Doubleheader with Penn

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David Hickey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Lubanski and Scharff Add Two Hits Each in Game Two Victory

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Yale junior lefthander David Hickey saved his best outing of the season for a game the Bulldogs had to win to stay in contention in the Ivy League race. Hickey, 2-2, struck out 11 Penn batters in the complete game 1-0 victory that earned Yale a split of a doubleheader at Yale Field Sunday afternoon. He kept the Quakers off balance throughout the game, allowing only four hits and no walks.

"David Hickey pitched one of the top five performances in my 21 years at Yale," head coach John Stuper said. "He was able to throw all of his pitches for strikes and his first pitches were strikes consistently. It was just an outstanding effort. In a game that we had to have to contend in the Ivy League, he had all the pressure on his shoulders against arguably the top hitting team in the league."

In the second inning freshman third baseman Brent Lawson doubled home sophomore right fielder Joe Lubanski with the only run the Bulldogs would need to claim game two and earn the split. Lubanski was 2-for-4 in the second game, while senior designated hitter Josh Scharff went 2-for-4 with a double that started the rally for the Bulldogs.

After getting the only run they needed in the second, the Bulldogs played a strong defensive game behind Hickey and he was able to locate his fastball and slider consistently with great effectiveness.

Penn, a strong offensive ballclub, would continue to battle. In the sixth inning Yale sophomore left fielder Eric Hsieh chased down a liner in the gap off the bat of Rick Brebner to end the inning. The catch stranded Ryan Deitrich at second base after he singled and stole second. Once again in the seventh inning Hsieh chased down a ball hit in the leftfield gap, this one by Penn shortstop Ryan Mincher, to bring the top half of the inning to a close.

In the top of the eighth inning Hickey retired Deitrich, one of the top hitters in the Ivy League, on a fastball that was hit to Lubanski to end the inning. Hickey retired the side in order in the ninth for the complete game victory.

In game one freshman Chris Moates (0-3) took the loss for the Bulldogs after scattering eight hits while allowing five runs (one earned) and striking out five.  Hsieh, Lawson, Lubanski and sophomore second baseman David Toups added base hits for the Bulldogs in the 5-1 loss.

Moates was able to pickoff leadoff batter Connor Betbeze at first base to help stop a Penn threat in the third inning. In the next frame senior captain Chris Piwinski, Yale's catcher, gunned out his fourth base stealer in the last six games as he caught Penn second baseman Spencer Branigan. The  top of the fifth inning was a tough one for the Bulldogs as Brebner and Branigan scored two unearned runs on a  Bulldog throwing error. Brebner singled in Deitrich for the first run of the three-run inning for Penn.

In the bottom of the fifth inning the Bulldogs would get on the board as Lubanski executed a perfect safety squeeze that scored Lawson from third base to cut the Penn lead to 2-1. Despite the rally the next two Yale batters were retired. Sophomore Robert Baldwin pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Yale. The Bulldogs would not score in the bottom of the inning as Penn starter Dan Gautieri pitched the complete seven inning game, striking out six.

Yale, a member of the Red Rolfe Division in the Ivy League, finishes the weekend with a 6-18 overall record and a 3-5 record in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs have split Ivy League double headers with Princeton, Cornell and Penn -- all members of the Lou Gehrig Division. Penn is now 18-11 overall and 5-3 in Ivy play after the game two setback.

Yale is back in action when the Bulldogs visit Fairfield in a non-league game at Alumni Baseball Diamond on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Filed by Matt Yale, Yale Sports Publicity

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