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Tincher's 2 Homeruns Not Enough As Huskies Fall To Yale In 10

Mar 5, 2022

After taking Friday night's Game 1 of a 4-game series with Yale, the Huskies hoped to ride that momentum into the first game of a Saturday doubleheader.  

In the bottom of the first the Huskies loaded the bases on McKay Barney and Mike Brown walks, coupled with a Johnny Tincher Hit By Pitch, but were unable to capitalize.

Yale threatened in the top of the second with runners on 2nd and 3rd and only one out, but starting pitcher Calvin Kirchoff came through dealing a strick out and a ground out to 3rd.

In the bottom of the third, Tincher cashed in on his earlier HBP and delivered one to the Yale bullpen. Not to be outdone, AJ Guerrero launched one to straight away center two batters later to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead after 3.

In the bottom of the fourth, a throwing error and intentional walk had Michael Snyder and McKay Barney on 1st and 2nd. Tincher stepped to the plate and came through again driving an RBI single to center field making the score 3-0.

A leadoff Yale double in the top of the 5th and a single two batters later made things interesting with runners on 1st and 3rd. Kirchoff battled once again however, resulting in a dribbler for the catcher Tincher and a fly out to Guerrero in left. 

In the top of the 6th things went a little sideways. Bryce Armstrong started the inning on the hill, but a throwing error at shortstop quickly put one on, setting the tone for the inning. Following a pop out to right, a single and a walk loaded them up when another single drove in Yale's first run. Jack Enger replaced Armstrong on the mound with the bases loaded, but couldn't quell Yale's momentum giving up 4 more singles to one strike out before Josh Emanuel replaced him to deliver a final strike out.

The Huskies were staring at a 6-3 deficit as the bottom of th 6th got underway, but these Dawgs don't stop barking! Michael Snyder led off with a single through the left side. Two batters later, McKay Barney drove a double down the left field line putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. That's when Tincher decided the day was his and launched his second home run of the day over the right field fence to tie the game.

Stefan Raeth started the 7th for the Huskies and one double proved to be an anomaly over the next two innings as he dominated with six K's. The 9th would prove to be a different story however. Still clinging to a 6-6 tie, Yale led off with a single. Raeth notched another strike out and a fly out to first base, but the fourth batter of the inning drove a triple to right center recording an RBI. Following a fly out to center, the Dawgs found themselves with their backs against the wall heading into the bottom of the 9th down by one, with the score 7-6.

Yale pitching was strong, registering two quick strike outs.  Next to the plate came Mike Brown who simply wasn't ready to head for the lockers. He leaned into a 1-1 pitch and launched a rocket over the left field fence to tie the game once again, sending things into extra innings.

Stu Flesland III took over for Raeth in the top of the 10th, but was unable to contain the Bulldogs. A lead off single to the left side was quickly rewarded with a trip across the plate on a follow up double to right center. A strick out and two fly outs followed, but the damage had been done.

Facing a one-run deficit again, the Huskies were unable to recapture the magic as they connected, but couldn't find any holes and went down in order to close out the game.

The Huskies finished with 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 errors. Starter Kirchoff faced 20 batters over 5 innings, striking out 4 with 0 walks and 4 hits. Stu Flesland took the loss moving to 0-1.