Yale Loses to Fairfield in Doubleheader

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Yale dropped a midweek doubleheader to Fairfield Wednesday, losing by scores of 6-2 and 10-5. Green Campbell had hits in both games, including a two-run home run in the first game.


Game 1 Summary


Fairfield jumped ahead early with a three-run second inning and held that lead for the win. Kevin Fortunato was the Bulldogs' most effective pitcher, throwing two innings with three strikeouts, no walks, and no hits.


In the third inning, Fairfield got on the board first on a three-run home run off the bat of Billy Zolga. In the fourth inning, Fairfield added another on an RBI single up the middle to take a 4-0 lead and chase Yale starter Nate O'Leary from the game.


Yale answered in the bottom of the fourth with some power of its own. Richard Slenker singled to left-centerfield, but was taken off the bases when Fortunato reached on a fielder's choice. Campbell took an outside fastball the other way, lifting it over the short porch in right field for a two run home run. It was the first homer of his Yale career.


The score remained 4-2 until the sixth inning, when multiple hit by pitches got Yale into trouble. Fairfield tallied two runs in the frame, one of which was charged to reliever David McCullough. The other was unearned.


Yale did not score again, ending the seven-inning contest at 6-2.


Game 2 Summary


Fairfield used a seven-run inning to top Yale 10-5 in the second game of the doubleheader. Hanson, Brown, and Tom O'Neill hit doubles in the loss.


Fairfield scored first, stringing a walk and two singles together in the opening frame off starter Campbell.


But Yale returned the favor in the bottom half, as Hanson doubled and scored on a hard-hit ball to third by Campbell that was charged an error.


In the bottom of the second, Yale took the first lead of the day. Joe Lubanski started things off with a single and was joined on bases by Brent Lawson, who walked. Alec Hoeschel was struck by an errant pitch, loading the bases with no outs. Brown stepped up, doubling into the left center field gap to score two. Andrew Herrera followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Hoeschel to make the score 4-1.


Fairfield countered in the top of inning number three, scoring one run off a leadoff double and succeeding single.


The damage was done in the fifth inning, as Fairfield tacked on seven runs on three hits. Various Yale pitchers had some trouble finding the zone, walking five and hitting one in total.


Yale put up one in the bottom of the fifth, as Slenker led off with a single, moved to third on O'Neill's double, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Brent Lawson. The score was 9-5.


That deficit proved to be enough for Fairfield, which added one more run in the seventh inning. Yale did not score again, finalizing the game at 10-5.


Yale looks ahead to this weekend, traveling to play Red Rolfe rival Dartmouth  for a four game set that has major playoff implications. Yale leads the Big Green by three games in league play.


Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity