April 19, 2011

Yale Baseball Named National Team Of The Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After an impressive week in which it went a perfect 5-0 against the top competition in the region and in the Ivy League, the Yale University baseball team earned recognition from one of the top college baseball publications in the nation.

After going 5-0 against Connecticut and Dartmouth, Yale was named the Team of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.

Yale is the first Ivy League team to earn recognition from CollegeBaseballInsider.com this season. The Internet publication recognized a Team of the Week nationwide and four regional Teams of the Week. The Bulldogs earned the national honor for their performance last week.

The week began with a dramatic come-from-behind 10-7 win over UConn, which was ranked in the Top 10 by Baseball America earlier this season. The Bulldogs trailed 7-0 after five innings, but they rallied with five runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth before the game was stopped due to rain.

Andrew Kolmar, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, blasted a three-run home run to start the seventh inning rally and then drew a bases-loaded walk for his fourth RBI of the game in the eighth.

Yale closed the week with its first four-game sweep of Dartmouth since the 1998 season. Dartmouth, the two-time defending Ivy League champion, was limited to a .205 batting average thanks to a dominant performance by Yale's four starting pitchers.

Seniors Vinny Lally and Brook Hart each held Dartmouth to only one run in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. Lally threw a complete-game three-hitter with two strikeouts in a 6-1 victory to set the tone for the weekend. Hart was one out away from a nine-inning, complete-game shutout when he allowed his only run in a 5-1 victory. Hart was brilliant for almost the entire nine innings. He worked 8   innings, scattering nine hits and allowing only one run, which came with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out seven and walked only two, but he left the game after Dartmouth scored the run.

On Sunday, the Yale pitchers were even better. Sophomore hurler Christopher O'Hare threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out six and walking only two in leading Yale to a 3-0 victory in the opening game of Sunday's doubleheader at historic Yale Field. Junior pitcher Pat Ludwig was even better in the second game, striking out 12 Big Green batters over 7 innings to lead Yale to a 5-1 victory to complete the sweep of the four-game series.

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.

After Sunday's sweep, Yale improves to 20-12 overall, 8-4 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth falls 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.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to visit West Point, N.Y., to face Army on Wednesday before they travel to Cambridge, Mass., to face Harvard in a four-game Rolfe Division series this weekend.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity