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Yale Falls to In-State Rival UConn

Green Campbell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Green Campbell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Two-Game Winning Streak Snapped For Bulldogs

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – In a battle with in-state foe UConn on Tuesday afternoon, the Yale baseball team fell victim to an 18-run, 18-hit display by the Huskies, losing by a final score of 18-1 at Bonomo Memorial Field on the campus of Adelphi University.

Junior Chris Lanham (Houston, Texas) and freshman Tyler Duncan (Newport Beach, Calif.) had strong relief pitching appearances for the Bulldogs (6-5) in the loss, while sophomore Andrew Herrera (Allendale, N.J.) hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, knocking in Yale's only run.

Senior Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) continued his hitting surge with a rocket-single up the middle in the third inning. Hsieh finished the day 1-for-3, having entered the game with a .541 batting average, the highest among all Division I players.

The Huskies scored five runs in the first inning and seven in the sixth to pull away from the Elis, who were riding a two-game winning streak heading into Tuesday. It was Yale's first game since an 8-7 win in 10 innings over UMass-Lowell last Thursday.

In relief of starting pitcher Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.), Lanham went 2.1 innings on the mound for the Bulldogs, not surrendering a run while allowing just two hits. The junior righty struck out four batters, boosting his season total to a team-high 16.

Duncan, who would relieve senior Nate O'Leary (Manteca, Calif.) with two outs in the sixth inning, also pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run and scattering three hits in the longest outing of his young career.

The Huskies jumped out on Campbell right from the start, scoring five runs in the first inning, with the biggest blow being a two-out, three-run home run by catcher Max McDowell. An RBI walk by Aaron Hill and an RBI single by Jack Sundberg rounded out the scoring for UConn, which batted around in the first frame.

Trailing 7-0 in the bottom half of the fourth, Herrera ripped a double down the left field line off UConn starter Andrew Zapata with two outs, scoring senior Joe Lubanski (Collegeville, Pa.) from second.

The Huskies would add three more runs in the fifth, including an RBI single by second baseman Vinny Siena, as part of his 4-for-7 and three RBI hitting performance.

The seven-run sixth inning for UConn put the game out of reach, pushing the Huskies' lead to 17-1 at the time. Six of the seven runs were charged to O'Leary.

Despite Yale's hot hitting as of late, the Bulldogs only recorded three combined hits off of four UConn pitchers. In addition to knocks from Hsieh and Herrera, sophomore Richard Slenker (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) added an infield hit of his own.

The game was originally scheduled to take place at Yale Field, but was moved to Adelphi University due to poor, weather-related field conditions in West Haven.

The Bulldogs will have a quick turnaround, as they play Quinnipiac on Wednesday night at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Elis look to get back on the winning track.

 

Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity