NEW HAVEN, Conn. – While inclement weather has wreaked havoc on the Yale baseball team's schedule for this upcoming week, the Bulldogs will finally return to the diamond on Tuesday as Holy Cross visits historic Yale Field for a 5 p.m. contest. The single nine-inning game will be the last non-conference game for the Bulldogs (17-19-1, 4-10 Ivy), who will resume their four-game set with Harvard on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The Bulldogs will look to use the non-conference game to build upon their most complete showing of the season- a 15-1 rout of the Crimson on Saturday. Senior right-hander Robert Gruber (3-1, 4.29 ERA) will get the start for Yale, though, with six Ivy League games to be played between Wednesday and Saturday, the Bulldogs' hurlers will most likely share the load in a staff game.
Holy Cross (21-19 overall, 9-7 Patriot) will send sophomore right-hander Matt Croglio (1-3, 8.82 ERA) to the mound, looking to notch its third straight victory. The Crusaders are 3-2 against Ivy League opponents in 2010, having challenged Harvard (1-0), Dartmouth (0-1) and Brown (2-1) already this season.
Yale and Holy Cross split a two-game series in Worcester last season, as they did in 2006 in Bradenton, Fla. The all-time series dates back to May 16, 1888- a 6-5 Holy Cross win over the Bulldogs, who went on to win the National Championship this season.
After Wednesday's twinbill with the Crimson, the Elis will close out the 2010 season with a four-game series against Ivy League foe Brown. The Bears will host Yale on Friday at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader, and the series concludes at Yale Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity