Yale Drops First Series To Penn

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

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Penn topped Yale by scores of 6-1 and 11-9 Monday in the first series of Ivy League play for each team.


In the first game, Richard Slenker had the lone RBI for the Bulldogs, a deep double in the seventh and final inning. David McCullough pitched a shutout inning, notching two strikeouts. Penn starter Dan Gautieri pitched a complete-game four-hitter to earn the win.


Gautieri was tough from the get-go, mixing a firm fastball with a sharp breaking ball. He carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, when Harrison White lined a single up the middle.


As they've done all year, Penn used the long ball to generate its runs. Starter Chasen Ford gave up a two-run homer in the second and a three-run homer in the fourth, both perhaps aided by a strong wind throughout the afternoon.


In the seventh, Green Campbell singled with two outs, and Richard Slenker blasted a double deep into the left-centerfield gap to score Campbell. The Bulldogs would not score again, ending the game at 6-1.


In game number two, Tom O'Neill's three-run home run in the ninth inning wasn't quite enough for Yale. It was a wild contest, with 27 hits in the game between both squads and many interesting calls along the way.


In the first inning, Jacob Hunter doubled to right center, Kevin Fortunato walked, and Cale Hanson singled to load the bases with two outs. Green Campbell came up big with a single to right field that barely avoided the diving fielder's glove, scoring two to take the lead 2-0.


Yale starter Michael Coleman surrendered one in the bottom of the first, and Yale added on in the second inning. Brent Lawson reached base on an error by the right fielder on a high fly caught in the wind. Then, Nate Adams singled up the middle on a hit-and-run. Hunter hit another double, this one just missed by the diving left fielder to score two, extending the lead to 4-1.


In the third, Hanson doubled to lead off the inning. With two outs, Lawson singled up the middle to score Hanson and make the score 5-1.


Penn would answer in the bottom of the third with more power. A double and a home run left the score 5-3 in favor of Yale. Then, in the fourth, Penn would add two more on two hits, a walk, and hit batter. Heading into the fifth, the score was tied at 5.


In the bottom of five, a Penn single and walk set the table for a 2 RBI double and then 2 RBI home run, making the score 9-5.


A bizarre baseball rarity occurred in the bottom of the sixth. With a runner on first base, Penn hit its third home run of the game - or so it seemed. However, as the ball cleared the wall in right field, the batter passed the runner on first, who had been returning to tag up. The batter, Michael Villardo, was ruled out and only given a single in the scorebook according to NCAA rules. Penn scored once more in the inning to make the score 11-5.


Yale scraped back in the eighth inning, as Green Campbell reached first on error and was pushed in by a Nate Adams fielder's choice later in the inning, closing the gap to 11-6.


In the ninth, Yale created a bit of a two-out rally, as Tom O'Neill showed his own power with a three-run home run to cut the deficit to 11-9. But the Bulldogs weren't able to add another, ending the game at that score.


Yale plays next Tuesday in a doubleheader at Columbia.




Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity