NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale baseball team will have a chance to play spoiler this weekend, as the 2010 season concludes with a four-game series against Rolfe Division foe Brown. The Bulldogs (18-21-1, 5-11 Ivy) will travel to Providence to play the Bears (12-27, 9-7 Ivy) in a doubleheader on Friday, while a twinbill at Yale Field closes out the 2010 campaign on Saturday. First pitch of both doubleheaders is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Brown enters the weekend two games behind division-leading Dartmouth, who took three of four games from the Bears this past week. Should Harvard take at least two of four games with Big Green this weekend, Yale can play the spoiler in the divisional race by upending Brown. Depending on the results of the Dartmouth-Harvard series, the Bulldogs can finish as high as second place in the Rolfe Division with a four-game sweep.
The Bulldogs, who are averaging 11 runs per game over their last six contests, enter the weekend hitting .315 as a team. The 2010 Elis have already set the program record for doubles (102) and total bases (643), and enter the weekend needing four home runs and 29 total runs scored to match two more season highs in Yale baseball history, which dates back to 1865. Always aggressive on the basepaths under Mazzuto Family Head Coach John Stuper, Yale is 49-for-70 on stolen base attempts this year. The Bulldogs have committed 51 errors in 40 games, owning a .964 fielding percentage.
Junior infielder Trey Rallis reached a personal milestone this season, smacking his 17th and 18th doubles against Harvard on Wednesday to break the single-season record previous set by Ryan Lavarnway in 2007. In the same contest, senior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth hit two home runs to become the sixth player in Yale history to hit 10 or more roundtrippers in a season. Lavarnway owns that record as well, belting 14 homers in the same 2007 season. In addition to his 10 home runs, Larsson-Danforth leads Yale in batting average (.377), slugging percentage (.692), on-base percentage (.462), total bases (101), runs batted in (42) and walks (23). He also shares a pair of team highs with 33 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
On the mound, the Yale staff owns a collective 6.08 earned run average and a .321 batting average against them. Junior left-hander Vinny Lally is the reigning Ivy League co-Pitcher of the Week after carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a win over Harvard last weekend. For the season, Lally is 6-2 with a 4.93 ERA. The veteran southpaw leads the Bulldogs in strikeouts (47) and innings pitched (49.1).
Led by a .381 average from Matt Colantonio, the Brown Bears are batting .306 as a team. Pete Greskoff leads Brown in power numbers with 13 home runs and 42 runs batted in. The Bears are 19-for-29 on the basepaths and have committed 59 errors in 39 games for a .956 fielding percentage. On the mound, Kevin Carlow leads the charge with a 4-2 record and a 4.47 ERA. The pitching staff as a whole has an 8.74 ERA with opponents batting .354 against them. Three different hurlers have earned save for the Bears, with Matt Kimball tallying the only “traditional” one-inning save on the season.
Brown took three of four games from the Bulldogs last season, extending a streak of five straight wins in the season series. The all-time series dates back to May 27, 1876, a 13-5 Yale win in Providence. The series made its first stop in New Haven in 1879, with Yale taking a 2-0 decision on May 30. The Bulldogs and Bears have played a four-game series in every season dating back to 1993 and have met at least twice in each campaign dating back to 1984.
The Elis will celebrate Senior Day in between games of Saturday's doubleheader at Yale Field. Larsson-Danforth, Chris Finneran, Robert Gruber, Stephen Miehls, Matthew Smith and captain Joe Castaldi will be honored for their contributions to Yale baseball.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity