WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Senior David Hickey and sophomore Chris Lanham combined for nine strikeouts Saturday, allowing only two runs and six hits to Southern Connecticut State. Those two runs would be enough, however, as the Bulldogs' lone run fell just short in the tight contest.
The Yale team jumped ahead early, scoring in the first inning on an opposite-field double by sophomore centerfielder Brent Lawson that plated senior first basemen Jacob Hunter, who had opened the inning with a bloop single. Hunter would end up with a two for five day.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the seventh inning, when the Owls scored two runs on three hits. After Hickey walked his only batter of the day, Southern designated hitter Joe Breen hit an RBI double to tie the score.
Lanham relieved Hickey, allowing another run on a single off the bat of Jake Paul but earning two strikeouts to get out of the jam. Lanham would give up only one more hit over the rest of the game.
As the Yale arms were live, so too were the pitchers' from Southern. Starter Rocco Cundari earned the win with a seven inning, one-run outing. A.J. Turnier got the save for closing out the eighth and ninth innings without a hit.
Yale looks to continue its strong pitching and fielding (zero errors) Sunday against Quinnipiac University. The Bulldogs will face the Bobcats at 12:00 p.m. in the consolation game of the tournament.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity