After a six day hiatus due to weather, the Yale baseball team (9–8) broke .500 for the first time this season with a 4–0 weekend against Hartford (1–15–1).
The Bulldogs travelled to Hartford on Saturday for the first of its back-to-back doubleheaders, winning both games 4–0 and 14–0, respectively. In its second doubleheader, played at home, Yale narrowly defeated the Hawks in the first game, 15–14, but had a decisive victory in the second game, 17–1, to complete the weekend sweep.
“We just hit the ball really well,” captain Andy Megee ’11 said. “Brook was awesome in game two and we [just] battled.”
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Pitching, which has plagued the Bulldogs so far this season, was strong in the team’s games on the road.
Pitcher Vinny Lally ’11, who is 2–0 this season, only allowed two hits in the first game and no runs. He also notched ten strikeouts. In the afternoon game, five pitchers worked together to allow just three hits and no runs.
“The pitchers pounded the strike zone and challenged Hartford’s hitters,” Lally said. “We didn’t walk many, worked down in the zone, and let our defense work.”
The Bulldogs’ offense was strong on the road as well.
In the first game, seniors Trey Rallis ’11 and Gant Elmore ’11 combined for two scores. Rallis hit a double in the third that brought Elmore home for the game’s first run. A Rallis single in the fifth then sent Elmore home again to put Yale up 2–0. At the top of the ninth, the Bulldogs scored two runs to secure the victory, 4–0.
The afternoon game saw an offensive explosion from the Bulldogs, something that the team has not seen all season. Yale scored 14 runs on 16 hits and took the game 14–0. Prior to that contest, the Elis’ highest scoring output was seven.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs then returned home for their first game of the season at Yale Field.
And it was a battle.
After Hartford was shutout in the previous two games, a rejuvenated Hawk team took a quick 6–0 lead over the Bulldogs through three innings. Yale scored five runs at the top of the third, but Hartford quickly answered back with a six run fourth inning. Through six innings, the two teams were tied 14–14 and were scoreless over the next four. Yale finally broke the tie and took the win after Matt Schmidt ’12 sent Megee home in the eleventh with a sacrifice fly to center field.
“We were really excited for our home opener,” freshman Cale Hanson ‘14 said. “Even when we got off to a rough start in the first game, our intensity was high and we were able to have a few big innings and keep ourselves in the game.”
Hart allowed just one run in the second game of the doubleheader and had six strikeouts. The offense continued to hit away, scoring 17 runs for the victory.
“[This weekend] gives us a lot of momentum going forward,” Megee said. “Hopefully, we’re reaching our peak at the right point.”
The Elis will take on Quinnipiac on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Yale Field.