Honored Following 12-Strikeout Outing Against Defending Ivy Champion Dartmouth
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — In a dominant showing by all four starting pitchers for the Yale University baseball team, junior right-hander Pat Ludwig's performance stood out the most in a stellar weekend of baseball for the Bulldogs.
Ludwig struck out a career-high 12 batters over 7⅔ innings in Yale's 5-1 win over Dartmouth on Sunday in the final game of the four-game Rolfe Division series against the two-time defending Ivy League champions. His performance allowed Yale to sweep the four-game series from Dartmouth for the first time since the 1998 season. For his efforts, the Ivy League announced today that it named Ludwig its Pitcher of the Week. It is the first Ivy League honor of his Yale career.
Ludwig had nine strikeouts through the first five innings on Sunday after he struck out the side in the fifth inning. In the eight innings in which he worked, he had at least one strikeout in every inning. His only blemish came in the eighth inning when Dartmouth's Joe Sclafani led off the inning with a triple to the right-field wall and scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Sam Bean in the next at-bat. Outside of that run, Ludwig's outing proved to be the most brilliant in a dominant showing by Yale's pitching staff.
In the four games, Yale pitchers held Dartmouth to a total of three runs on 24 hits while striking out a total of 31 Big Green batters. Dartmouth escaped the sweep still leading the Ivy League in hitting with a .318 overall team batting average, but the Bulldogs' hurlers held the Big Green to a .205 average in the four-game sweep.
After Sunday's sweep, Yale improved to 20-12 overall, 8-4 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth fell to 18-10 overall, 6-6 in Ivy League play. After Harvard swept a doubleheader from Brown on Sunday, Yale is now two games ahead of both Dartmouth and Brown in the Rolfe Division standings with eight Ivy League games remaining.
Junior catcher Ryan Brenner earned a spot on the Ivy League's weekly Honor Roll for his performance last week. He went 6-for-15 in Yale's five wins last week (.400 avg.) with a double, a home run, six runs scored and six RBIs.
Eight games remain on each Ivy schedule and no team is out of contention for a division title and berth into the Ivy League Baseball Championship Series as of yet. This weekend, Yale will travel to Cambridge, Mass., for a four-game slate at Harvard. Dartmouth and Brown will battle it out in Hanover, N.H., both looking to close the two-game gap with Yale.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity