Yale Takes Two Over Brown to Extend Season

Yale celebrates a win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale celebrates a win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Yale topped Brown by scores of 4-3 and 6-5 Sunday, guaranteeing at least a tie for first place in the Red Rolfe Division with Dartmouth. Richard Slenker had five hits between the two games.


Game 1 Summary


Chris Lanham earned his seventh win of the season, which leads the Ivy League. He was touched up a bit more than his other conference starts, but also took the brunt of some plays out of his control. His final line was six innings, six hits, three runs, nine strikeouts and no walks.


Yale jumped ahead early, scoring first in the first inning. Nate Adams, Richard Slenker, and Jacob Hunter all singled, the latter of which scored Adams to take a 1-0 lead.


In the third inning, Adams and Slenker singled again to start the rally. Robert Baldwin singled to score Adams and extend the lead to 2-0.


Lanham dealt in the first four innings, allowing no hits and striking out five. In the bottom of the fourth, Derek Brown hit an infield single and came home on a deep triple to right-center from Cale Hanson. Green Campbell scored Hanson on a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0.


Brown fought back in the sixth inning, scoring two runs on four consecutive hits to make the score 4-2. The inning was extended by multiple bloop hits, and would be Lanham's final of the day.


In the seventh, Brown's Wes Van Boom hit a leadoff solo home run, but Cale Hanson came in to shut the door. Hanson induced a key double play to earn a save in the 4-3 win.


Said Head Coach John Stuper, "Chris Lanham rescued us again like he has all year. He gave up a few runs today which merely proves he's human." Coming into the day, Lanham had allowed just one conference run.


Game 2 Summary


Yale weathered another late-game comeback from Brown, winning 6-5 on a key five-inning relief appearance from Chris Moates.


After escaping scorelessly with the bases loaded in the first inning, starter Michael Coleman got into some trouble in the second. Van Boom homered again – this time a two-run shot – and two more consecutive hits brought Moates into the game with runners at the corners. Moates shut down the Bears, allowing just one run to cross, keeping the Brown lead to 3-0.


Yale answered in the bottom of the second, as Hunter and Eric Hsieh hit singles with none out. Derek Brown walked to load the bases, and David Toups hit in a run on a double play to cut the Brown lead to two.


In the third, Yale continued to chip away. Adams walked, stole second, and scored on a Slenker double down the left field line. Slenker moved to third on a wild pitch, but couldn't get home. The score stayed 3-2.


In the fifth inning, Yale finally broke through with the bats. The Adams-Slenker duo singled once again, and Baldwin followed with a deep double of his own to score Adams. After Jacob Hunter hit an infield single, Eric Hsieh hit a ground ball to first base that ended with Slenker being forced out at home. Hsieh, Hunter, and Baldwin each moved up on a wild pitch, scoring Baldwin. Then, Toups singled to score Hunter and take the score to 5-3.


Moates kept working himself out of jams through the sixth inning. In each of the five innings he appeared in, runners were in scoring position. But he kept Yale in the game each time by ending innings with no damage done.


Moates was relieved by David Hickey, who pitched on one day's rest after an 88-pitch outing Friday. He seemed to have things under control until the eighth inning, when a two run home run from JJ Franco tied the game at five.


Hickey, and then Hanson in the ninth, kept the game at a tie, until Yale took the game on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. Robert Baldwin hit a high pop up that went for a single after dropping between Brown's catcher, third basemen, and pitcher. Then, a throwing error on Harrison White's sacrifice bunt led Baldwin and White to third and second base, respectively. After David Toups was intentionally walked, Derek Brown was hit on the elbow on the first pitch of the at-bat. It scored the winning run for Yale, ending the game at 6-5.


Stuper praised his team's fight in the game. He described it as "a total team effort. My guys just refused to lose. I couldn't be prouder."

At the end of the day, Stuper was especially appreciative of Hanson. Said he, "I don't know what else Cale can do for us, unless he goes into the stands and sells programs. Simply a great baseball player and a great performance today."

Yale's next game depends upon the results of Tuesday's Harvard-Dartmouth series. If Harvard wins at least one of the two games, Yale will not play until the conference championship the weekend of May 10th.


Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity