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Sacred Heart Holds Off Yale

Eric Hsieh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Hsieh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Three-Run Double by Gondek in First Inning Lifts Pioneers to 3-2 Win Over Bulldogs


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Five Sacred Heart pitchers combined to hold the Yale University baseball team to just three hits in the Pioneers 3-2 win over the Bulldogs in a non-league game at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard Wednesday afternoon.

With the loss, Yale falls to 8-22 overall, while Sacred Heart improves to 15-16 with the victory. The two teams split the season series, with Yale earning a 5-3 win at Yale Field on April 2.

Sacred Heart picked up all three runs in the first inning after Rocco Gondek belted a double into the left field corner with the bases loaded to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead. The Pioneers had loaded the bases with no outs following a single by Keaton Flint, a hit-by-pitch for Jonathan Servilla and a single by John Murphy.

After Gondek's double, Yale starter Chris Lanham (1-6) settled down and retired the next nine Sacred Heart batters that he faced to hold the Pioneers to just the three first-inning runs.

Combined, Yale's five pitchers held Sacred Heart to just two hits after Gondek's double and a total of five hits in the game.

Yale bounced back with a run in the third inning after Cam Squires led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Chris Piwinski and then scored when Tom O'Neill grounded out to short for the second out of the inning.

Yale picked up another run in the eighth inning when Eric Hsieh was hit by a pitch with two outs and later scored on an RBI single by Joe Lubanski. Yale had runners on first and third, but could not produce the tying run.

Jacob Hunter, Squires and Lubanski picked up the hits for the Bulldogs, with Hunter and Squires both belting a double.

Flint, Murphy, Gondek, Jayson Sullivan and Matt Charmello all had a hit for Sacred Heart, with the big blow coming off the bat of Gondek.

Yale returns to action on Saturday with the first of two doubleheaders this weekend against Rolfe Division rival Dartmouth. The doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday both begin at 12 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity