April 27, 2013

Yale Completes 4-Game Sweep of Brown to Close Out Season

Hickey K's 10 in Game 1; Moates Picks Up First Win in Season Finale

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Yale University baseball team used a pair of strong pitching performances to complete a second straight doubleheader sweep of Brown to close out the 2013 season, picking up a 3-1 win in the opening game and a 7-2 win in the season finale at Murray Stadium on Saturday.

Yale also swept a doubleheader from Brown Friday at Yale Field, sweeping the four-game series from Brown for the first time since the 1997 season.

Yale finished the season with a 13-25 overall record and a 10-10 second-place finish in Ivy League play. Brown dropped to 5-32 overall, 3-17 in Ivy League play.

In Game 1, junior pitcher David Hickey was the star of the game, striking out 10 Brown batters in his third complete game of the season. He scattered seven hits and allowed just one run on an RBI single by center fielder Dan Sheridan in the bottom of the second inning. But with a runner on first and second following Sheridan's hit, Hickey struck out Jake Levine for the final out of the inning to escape further damage.

Yale picked up a pair of runs in the top of the second on a two-run single by senior outfielder Cam Squires. Freshman shortstop Tom O'Neill belted an RBI double in the fifth to drive in senior captain Chris Piwinski with an insurance run that put Yale on top 3-1.

With the way Hickey (4-2) was pitching, that was all the runs that the Bulldogs needed. Hickey struck out two batters in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings, and he allowed no runners to advance past second base except for the one run that scored in the second inning.

Squires went 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs. Piwinski went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Yale's starter was once again the story in Game 2, and this time it was freshman Chris Moates (1-4), who struck out six Brown batters in seven innings of work to pick up his first win of the season. He allowed one run on three hits.

Yale picked up single runs in each of the first three innings to pick up a 3-0 lead and another run in the fifth to push that to 4-0. Jacob Hunter drew a one-out walk in the first and later scored on an infield error. O'Neill belted a one-out RBI triple in the second inning. Brent Lawson reached on an infield single and later scored on an infield error in the third inning. And in the fifth, Lawson scored on a two-out RBI single by Joe Lubanski.

Brown plated a run in the sixth inning when Sheridan walked with one out and later scored on a wild pitch.

Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning, with Yale getting its run on an RBI single by Eric Hsieh and Brown cutting Yale's lead to 5-2 on an RBI single by Sheridan.

Yale added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth on an infield error that allowed Lawson to score and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Squires that pushed home sophomore David Toups with the final run of the game.

Junior Cale Hanson pitched a perfect ninth inning to lock down the victory for the Bulldogs.

Lawson went 3-for-5 with three runs scored to lead the Bulldogs in Game 2. Toups and O'Neill both went 2-for-4, while Hsieh went 2-for-5.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity