Junior Third Baseman/Pitcher to Lead Elis; Five Awards Announced at Banquet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - John Stuper, the Mazzuto Family Head Coach for Baseball, has announced that the captain of the 2011 Yale baseball team will be third baseman/pitcher Andy Megee. The announcement comes following a team vote at the annual year-end dinner on Thursday evening at Ray Tompkins House. Yale also announced its team awards at the banquet, honoring seven different players.
Megee, a junior from Los Angeles, started all 44 games for the Bulldogs this past season and has not missed a game in his career. He hit .310 and finished second on the team in homeruns (eight), RBI (43) and stolen bases (11). He was also fourth on the team in slugging percentage (.561).
"Andy Megee is a great choice for captain,” Stuper said. “He brings enthusiasm and energy to everything that he does and he is, in my opinion, one of the best all-around players in the Ivy League."
In addition to his work at third base Megee also made five appearances on the mound, allowing five earned runs and striking out four in six innings of work. He is part of a 10-member Yale Baseball Class of 2011 that also includes second baseman Gant Elmore (Bloomington, Ind.), left-handed pitcher Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), outfielder Andrew Kolmar (Mendham, N.J.), outfielder/catcher Harry Koulos (Long Beach, Calif.), left-handed pitcher Vinny Lally (Tampa, Fla.), outfielder Andrew Moore (Houston, Texas), infielder Trey Rallis (La Canada, Calif.), right-handed pitcher Will Stratton (Wilmington, Del.) and left-handed pitcher Alex Young (New York, N.Y.).
"This class [of 2011] is a very strong class, and I look forward to all of us leading the team as a unit,” Megee said. “I'm honored to be chosen as captain out of such a strong group of players and individuals."
Megee has been a starter since his freshman year (2008), when he was one of only two Bulldogs to play in every game. He hit .265 with 19 RBI that season, and one of his four homeruns was the team's school record-setting 41st of the season. Megee improved his batting average to .329 as a sophomore, compiling a 13-game hitting streak and a team-best 14 multiple-hit games. He also led the team in steals (nine) and triples (four), and made seven appearances on the mound -- including four as a starter.
Megee leads a Yale team that returns 23 of 29 players for the 2011 season. The Bulldogs had the second-best batting average in team history this past year (.323).
Stuper also presented the year-end awards at the banquet, recognizing several outstanding individual performances from the 2010 season. The G.H. Walker, Jr. Award, given to the Bulldogs' most valuable player, was shared by Elmore and senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth (Mattapoisett, Mass.).
Elmore was fourth on the team in batting average (.339) and drove in 23 runs. His 58 hits placed him fifth in the Ivy League, and his .436 on-base percentage was seventh. The slick-fielding second baseman committed just three errors all season, finishing with a .988 fielding percentage.
A 6-foot-6 left-handed slugger, Larsson-Danforth was fifth in the Ivy League in batting average (.373) -- one of nine categories where he was in the league's top five. The first baseman was second in total bases (111) and slugging percentage (.689), third in RBI (44), tied for third in doubles (16) and stolen bases (12), fourth in hits (60), tied for fourth in runs scored (39) and fifth in on-base percentage (.460).
Senior right-hander Joe Castaldi (Sunrise, Fla.), Yale's 2010 captain, was the recipient of the Martin I.J. Griffin Award, which was instituted two years ago by Joe Conway '80 and Fred Berg '66 in honor of their mentor, Martin I.J. Griffin. The award is given to the graduating senior who is the team's most outstanding scholar-athlete. Castaldi, a political science major, made 11 appearances for the Bulldogs. He struck out 23 in 34.2 innings.
The David M. Darst Hustle Cup, presented to the freshman "who made the greatest contribution to the baseball team through desire, enthusiasm and hustle", went to outfielder Cam Squires (Fort Wayne, Ind.). The speedy Squires hit .354 in 28 games, including 16 starts. He tied for the team lead in triples with three and also had four steals.
Moore received the Paul Sortal Award, which goes to the player who "maximizes his ability to the fullest." He hit .310 in 34 games, including 33 starts, and was fourth on the team in doubles (14). That was a 43-point improvement over his batting average from a year ago.
Lally and Megee shared the Burnat-Grass Teammate Award, given to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of toughness, hard work, character and integrity, while putting the team above himself." The award is named after former Yale baseball players Kyle Burnat '05 and Nick Grass '05.
Lally was one of Yale's top starting pitchers for the second year in a row, leading the Ivy League in wins (seven) and tying for the league lead in strikeouts (51). His 4.71 ERA placed him 10th in the league and represented a dramatic improvement (nearly three earned runs) over his ERA from a year ago.
In earning the Burnat-Grass Teammate Award, Megee now has won three of Yale's major awards in addition to being elected captain. He shared the Darst Hustle Cup with Lally as a freshman and won the Sortal Award as a sophomore.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity