HANOVER, N.H. – Led by starter Chris Lanham, Yale took the first game of a doubleheader by a score of 6-0 at Dartmouth Sunday. Dartmouth won 4-2 in the second, leaving Yale with a one game lead in the Red Rolfe Division.
Once again, Lanham dominated in the first contest of a Sunday twin-bill. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and no walks and striking out four. His 5-1 record is currently the best in the Ivy League.
"He is putting himself in with the elite pitchers in the league," Yale Head Coach John Stuper said. "He continues to pick us up. He was just phenomenal today."
Green Campbell led off the game with a bunt single, moving to second on a groundout. David Toups walked, and both Toups and Campbell moved up on a wild pitch. A Richard Slenker RBI groundout gave Yale an early 1-0 lead.
Through five innings, that one run was enough for the Bulldogs. Lanham allowed just one hit – a single - in that time, holding the lead.
In the sixth inning, the Yale hitters added plenty of insurance. Cale Hanson led the inning off with a push bunt, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from David Toups. Slenker singled home Hanson with one out to push the lead to 2-0. Robert Baldwin was hit by pitch, followed by an RBI single from Harrison White in a 12 pitch at-bat. Eric Hsieh and Tom O'Neill followed with RBI singles of their own. Alec Hoeschel added an RBI fielder's choice. When the dust settled, Yale led 6-0 on a six-hit sixth inning.
Yale turned a beautiful 6-4-3 double play to end the bottom of the sixth inning.
Despite Dartmouth consecutive singles to leadoff the seventh, Lanham still had some magic left in his arm. After Dustin Selzer lined out to right field for the first out, Hoeschel snagged a line drive at first base and doubled Jeff Keller off to end the game at 6-0.
Game 2 Summary
Starter David Hickey threw well, but Yale's two runs weren't quite enough to hold off the Big Green.
Hickey and Dartmouth starter Mike Concato battled early, keeping a shutout through the first four innings. Hickey allowed just one baserunner in that time, facing the minimum possible amount of batters.
In the fifth inning, O'Neill started things off with a single to right field. Hanson followed with a single of his own that moved O'Neill to third. Toups reached on a fielder's choice, as O'Neill was put out on the ground ball. But Slenker came up big with a two-RBI double down the left field line to take a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Dartmouth responded. Adam Gauthier singled home two runners to tie up the game at 2-2.
In the sixth, Dartmouth added another run on an RBI double from Dustin Selzer to make the score 3-2. The Big Green added another in the seventh on an RBI single from Matt Parisi.
Chris Moates relieved and kept things close, allowing no runs on two hits in two innings of work. Unfortunately, Yale was not able to get anything going offensively in that time, losing 4-2.
With the win, Dartmouth won the four game series three games to one.
Yale plays next Tuesday at home against Sacred Heart.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity