WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Led once again by strong pitching, Yale (10-13, 3-3) split a doubleheader with Cornell (11-11, 3-3) Saturday to stay atop the Red Rolfe Division of the Ivy League. Yale won the first game 1-0 in extra innings, then lost the second by a score of 6-4.
Ford wasn't without trouble, though, allowing five walks together with those two hits.
Both Yale and Cornell's bats were cold early. Yale found itself in hot water in the fourth inning, when Ford walked three batters to load the bases. He got himself out of a jam with a fly ball to maintain the shutout.
Cornell's Michael Byrne battled with Ford for all of the regulation seven innings, surrendering just two hits.
Chris Moates relieved Ford for that seventh inning, shutting down Cornell as the game moved to extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Moates was lights-out, striking out three for a total of four strikeouts and no hits on the afternoon.
In the bottom of the eighth, defensive miscues lost Cornell the contest. Harrison White led off the inning, reaching base on an error from the shortstop. Robert Baldwin bunted an attempted sacrifice hard back at Byrne, but Byrne's throw to second was wild, leaving both runners on base with no outs.
Cale Hanson walked to load the bases, leaving the game in the hands of Richard Slenker. With two outs, Slenker hit home the winning run on a single to right field, winning the game 1-0. It was Yale's first walk-off win of the year.
In game two, Cornell pulled ahead in the ninth inning to stave off a Yale comeback and win 6-4. Cale Hanson led the Bulldogs with three hits in the loss.
Cornell jumped ahead early, scoring three runs off starter Michael Coleman in the first inning. Coleman hit a batter and gave up two singles for an early Cornell lead. He allowed a fly ball that appeared to score Cornell runner Tom D'Alessa, but D'Alessa left early from third and was put out. The next batter, Chris Cruz, homered to extend the lead to 3-0.
In the second inning, Yale countered with two runs of its own. Slenker singled to center and stole second base to set the table. Eric Hsieh grounded out to move Slenker to third, and Brent Lawson singled to left field to score the run. After moving to second on a balk, Alec Hoeschel singled to left as well to score Lawson and shorten the Cornell lead to 3-2.
Each starting pitcher worked efficiently through the middle portion of the game, freezing the score at 3-2 until the eighth inning. Cornell scored one run in the eighth following two hit by pitches.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hanson doubled to center field and was joined on base by Green Campbell, who was hit by pitch. Slenker walked to load the bases, and Hsieh and White scored runners on sacrifice hits, tying the game at 4-4.
Cornell pulled away in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded single from Cornell's Jordan Winaw, winning the game by a score of 6-4.
Yale plays again Sunday against Princeton.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity.