Brown Takes Friday Pair As Race Heats Up
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Yale (17-21, 9-9 Ivy) dropped two games to Brown (12-20, 6-12) Friday, and with them the sole control of the Red Rolfe Division. With the losses, Yale sits one game ahead of Dartmouth in the standings. However, with only two games remaining for Yale (and four for Dartmouth), a Saturday sweep would not necessarily guarantee Yale the Red Rolfe crown. A Dartmouth sweep would give the Big Green at least a one-game playoff with Yale for the title, if each wins out.
Game 1 Summary
Brown starter Christian Taugner had Yale's number, striking out 10 and allowing five hits in a 7-0 complete game win. Richard Slenker had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Brown jumped ahead in the first inning, scoring two runs off Yale starter David Hickey. A double, hit by pitch, and walk loaded the bases for Brown's Will Marcal. Marcal hit a 2-RBI single to take the early 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Brown added on. After five consecutive hits and an error, the scoreboard read 6-0. Kevin Fortunato relieved Hickey mid-way through the inning. Brown would add a final run in the sixth inning.
Yale couldn't quite put together a rally throughout the contest. Yale got a hit in five of the seven innings, but never strung multiple together in a frame.
Game 2 Summary
Yale staged a major comeback, but couldn't quite hold on, losing by a final score of 12-7.
Starter Chasen Ford gave up two quick runs in the first inning on a walk, single, sacrifice fly, and wild pitch. After Brown scored again in the third, Yale found itself in a quick 3-0 hole.
But the Bulldogs responded, scoring multiple runs in each of the next three innings.
In the top of the fourth inning, Slenker was awarded first base on a rare catcher's interference call. Robert Baldwin hit his third home run of the year on a shot to left field, cutting the lead to 3-2.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Brown used some Yale defensive miscues to add on. Brown scored four runs on three hits and two errors to take the score to 7-2.
Yale answered again. Brent Lawson singled to open the fifth, and was followed by Green Campbell, who was hit by pitch. A groundout from Cale Hanson and a single from Slenker knocked in a run a piece, chipping away to a score of 7-4.
In the sixth inning, Nate Adams reached base on an error by the shortstop. Derek Brown scored Adams on an RBI double to left field. Eric Hsieh joined in with an RBI double to left as well, scoring Brown to make the score 7-6. The inning appeared to be over, but an error from the Brown pitcher allowed Hanson to reach base and Hsieh to score, tying the game at 7-7.
In the seventh inning, reliever Chris Moates retired the first two batters, but walked the third. A double to left-center scored the run, re-taking the lead for Brown at 8-7.
Lawson kick-started the eighth with a single and stolen base, but the Bulldogs couldn't get him in.
In the bottom of the eighth, Brown scored four runs on three hits off Campbell to put the game out of reach at a final score of 12-7.
Yale plays its final two games at Yale Field at 1:00 P.M. EDT on Saturday, which is Senior Day for Yale.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity