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Bulldogs Drop Pair at Stony Brook

Cale Hanson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cale Hanson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — The Yale University baseball team took the momentum from the strong pitching performances that it received on Saturday down to Stony Brook Sunday afternoon to complete the four-game weekend series with the Seawolves. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Stony Brook bats came to life early and often and prevented a repeat of Saturday's pitching display.

Stony Brook jumped out to a 13-0 lead before Yale could get on the board in the opening game, cruising to a 13-2 victory in seven innings. The Seawolves closed out the twin bill with a dominant pitching performance, with three pitchers combining on a five-hitter in a 10-0 win in nine innings at Joe Nathan Field.

With the two losses, Yale falls to 4-10-1 overall, while Stony Brook improves to 11-6.

The Seawolves scored three runs in the first inning, one more in the third, and then three in the fifth before closing out its offensive effort with a six-run sixth inning that put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs. Yale finally put together a small rally, but could only manage a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before Zach Uher replaced starting pitcher Evan Stecko-Haley to get the final two outs of the game and shut the door on Yale's hopes in the opener.

Cale Hanson, Jacob Hunter and Cam Squires provided a bulk of the Yale offense in the opening game. Hanson went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base. Hunter reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, and he was hit by a pitch. Squires drove in Yale's other run with an RBI double.

Maxx Tissenbaum went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Seawolves, who saw seven batters get a hit and drive in at least one run. Travis Jankowski went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Willie Carmona drove in a pair of runs with his only hit of the game, a two-run homer in the first inning.

Yale didn't fare any better in the final game of the four-game series. Stony Brook's three pitchers held Yale to just five hits. Hanson and freshman David Toups each had two hits. Josh Scharff had the other Yale hit.

The Seawolves used three big offensive innings to pull out the 10-0 win, scoring a pair of runs in the first, five more in the fifth inning, and three in the seventh. Carmona went 3-for-4 to lead the Seawolves, while Jankowski was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Yale returns to action on Wednesday in a scheduled nine-inning contest against the University of Connecticut (6-11) at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs at 3 p.m.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity