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Yale’s Split with Harvard Gives Stuper 400th Win

A conference on the mound. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
A conference on the mound. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Stuper Grabs Milestone Victory with Bulldogs' 6-2 Win in Game 2


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Four pitchers combined to strikeout 13 batters in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader at Harvard's O'Donnell Field to lift the Yale University baseball team to a 5-2 win and give Yale head coach John Stuper his 400th career coaching victory.

Yale dropped a 6-2 loss to Harvard in Game 1 Sunday afternoon.

With the split, Yale moves to 8-21 overall, 5-7 in Ivy League play, while Harvard moves to 8-24 overall, 5-7 in Ivy League play.

With the Game 2 victory, Stuper, who is in the midst of his 21st season as the head baseball coach at Yale, picked up his 400th career coaching victory. The all-time winningest head coach in the 148-year history of Yale baseball, Stuper has spent his entire coaching career with the Bulldogs, beginning with the 1993 season.

In Game 2, Yale junior starter David Hickey struck out six batters in four innings, but he saw his streak of 16 scoreless innings end with two outs in the fourth inning when Harvard scored a pair of unearned runs to tie the game at 2-2.

Three Yale relievers came in after the fourth inning and allowed just one hit while striking out seven Crimson batters. Ben Joseph allowed the one hit in his two innings of work while striking out three of the nine batters he faced. Chris Lanham allowed just one base runner on a walk in his two no-hit innings of work, while Cale Hanson struck out three of the four batters that he faced in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead thanks to a leadoff home run by David Toups and an RBI sacrifice fly by Nate Adams.

After Harvard tied the game in the fourth inning, Yale bounced back with two more runs in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases to lead off the inning. Adams then bounced into what could have been a double play, but Harvard second baseman Tanner Anderson threw the ball away, allowing Toups and Eric Hsieh to score.

Yale picked up an insurance run in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Josh Scharff, which scored Toups with his third run of the game.

In Game 1, Chris Moates (0-4) suffered a hard-luck loss after starting the game with three scoreless innings, but a three-run homer by Harvard first baseman Nick Saathoff propelled the Crimson past the Bulldogs in the fourth inning.

Harvard scored three more runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Brandon Kregel and a two-run single by Anderson (1-4), who earned his first win of the season with a complete game four-hitter.

Scharff had two hits in the game for the Bulldogs, who, after the split of the four games at Harvard over the weekend, pleased Stuper with the overall performance.

"When we are going through rough patches offensively, we need to pitch well and play great defense until the offense can come around. I thought we did that this weekend," he said. "We got a strong pitching effort today. Hickey did what he was asked to do as the starter. I then went to Ben and he did a real good job. Ben has as good of stuff as anybody when he pounds the strike zone like he did today, and that makes him very effective. Lanham came in from the bullpen and was outstanding. Chris has been a starter all of his life but he has done a real nice job out of the pen when he has been called upon. Cale had three strikeouts in the ninth and has really been doing well focusing on late-inning pitching."

Yale returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport to take on Sacred Heart for the second time this season.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity