Bulldogs Begin Four-Game Set With Hartford Hawks In West Hartford
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — It has been nearly a week since the Yale University baseball team has seen game action, but the Bulldogs will hit the road Saturday to finally return to the diamond.
Yale had its Opening Day, the 84th at historic Yale Field, postponed twice this week due to either weather or field conditions. The Bulldogs have not played a game since a pair of doubleheaders last weekend at Navy, where they split them both.
The Bulldogs will play a pair of doubleheaders this weekend against in-state rival University of Hartford, beginning with a twin bill in West Hartford on Saturday that starts at 12 p.m. The teams will then make the trek down Interstate 91 to square off in New Haven as Yale will make its third attempt since Tuesday to open the home slate of its 2011 schedule. Sunday's doubleheader also begins at 12 p.m.
Senior Vinny Lally will start the opener for Yale on Saturday. The pitcher for the second game has not been determined yet, but it will likely not be senior Brook Hart or junior Pat Ludwig, who will start the two games on Sunday.
The Bulldogs have played 13 games to date, opening the season with a 5-8 record. The Bulldogs once again opened the season at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, starting the Invitational with a 3-3 mark before dropping a pair of games to Michigan State and Ohio State.
Since coming north, Yale is 2-3, which included a 17-inning loss to CCSU, the longest recorded game in Yale history, and a split of a pair of doubleheaders at Navy over last weekend.
Yale is led by Megee, who is the Bulldogs' primary third baseman when he's not on the mound. Megee is Yale's leader in at-bats (57), runs scored (8), hits (19), home runs (2), RBIs (11), stolen bases (6), and doubles (3). He's also second in batting average (.333) and slugging percentage (.491).
Yale's pitching staff is led by Lally (1-0), who leads the team in innings pitched (22.2), strikeouts (26), and strikeouts per game (10.3). Hart (1-1) currently owns the Bulldogs' only complete game of the season. He's the team's leader in earned-run average (0.98) and is second, along with Ludwig, in strikeouts (16).
Hartford's pitchers for the weekend have not been determined yet, but Hawks coach Jeff Calcaterra is hoping that the four pitchers can keep the Hawks on the winning side of the linescore. The Hawks have struggled so far, opening the season with 11 losses and a tie before breaking the skid with an 8-5 win at Delaware State on Sunday. The Hawks have played all 13 games on the road and will open their home schedule against the Bulldogs on Saturday.
The Hawks are hitting just .225 as a team, with two regulars hitting over .300. Mark Sorbara, who has started five of his nine games, is leading the way with a .353 average and a .476 on-base percentage. James Alfonso is hitting .304 with 14 hits in 46 at-bats, including five doubles and five walks.
Yale is scheduled to play five more games, three at home, before returning to the road next weekend to open the Ivy League schedule with doubleheaders at Cornell (Saturday, April 2) and at Princeton (Sunday, April 3).
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity