2011-12 Yale Baseball News

August 19, 2012
Breslow and Lavarnway: First All-Yale Battery Mates in MLB since 1883
Former Bulldogs, P Craig Breslow '02 and C Ryan Lavarnway '09, became the first All-Yale battery mates since 1883 in the Boston Red Sox 4-1 win over the New York Yankees Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

August 16, 2012
Former Bulldog Elias Named Houston Astros Scouting Director
Mike Elias, a 2006 graduate of Yale University, and a four-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Yale baseball team, was named the new scouting director of the Houston Astros on Aug. 11.

August 8, 2012
Stuper, Pair of Former Bulldogs in the News
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch caught up with head coach John Stuper during the 30th anniversary reunion of the St. Louis Cardinals team that won the 1982 World Series, while the New Haven Register profiled Craig Breslow '02 and Ryan Lavarnway '09, Boston Red Sox teammates.

July 31, 2012
Breslow '02 Acquired by Red Sox; Lavarnway Call-Up Near
Craig Breslow '02, an All-Ivy pitcher and 2002 team captain for the Yale University baseball team, was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in a trade deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday afternoon.

July 21, 2012
Bulldogs Making Good Impressions in the Pros
The Yale University baseball team has made its presence felt in the professional ranks, thanks to several former Bulldogs who are making great impressions as pro players.

July 3, 2012
Former Bulldog Lavarnway Elected to Start Triple-A All-Star Game
Ryan Lavarnway, a former catcher for the Yale University baseball team, was elected as the starting catcher for the International League’s squad in the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, July 11, at Coca Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.

June 20, 2012
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports, and 10 Yale student athletes were recognized. The 10 men and women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

June 15, 2012
Neil Signs with Tigers
Charlie Neil, who graduated from Yale last month after finishing up his four-year career with the baseball team, signed with the Detroit Tigers Friday.

June 13, 2012
Ludwig Signs with Pirates
Pat Ludwig, a right-handed pitcher who graduated from Yale University last month after completing his senior season on the baseball team, signed a professional contract to join the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on Wednesday, one week following his selection in the 10th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

June 8, 2012
Becker Signs with Reds
Nolan Becker, a left-handed pitcher on the Yale University baseball team, signed a professional contract to join the Cincinnati Reds organization Friday, just three days following his selection in the 11th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

June 6, 2012
Tigers Select Neil in MLB Draft
One day after the Yale University baseball team saw two of its pitchers selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, another Bulldog joined them in the professional ranks.

June 5, 2012
Pair of Yale Hurlers Selected in MLB Draft
The Yale University baseball team saw two of its pitchers selected in the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, with Pat Ludwig (Okemos, Mich.) going to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round and Nolan Becker (New York, N.Y.) going to the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round on Tuesday.

May 18, 2012
Four Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors
Despite a difficult season that saw the team finish just 13-31-1 overall, the Yale University baseball team saw a number of consistent efforts from its players throughout the 2012 season. Four of those players were honored by the Ivy League on Friday.

May 1, 2012
Piwinski Elected 2013 Captain; Hanson, Brenner Share 2012 MVP
The Yale University baseball team celebrated its year-end banquet on Monday, electing third baseman Chris Piwinski (Folsom, Calif.) as captain for the 2013 season while also honoring seven players with team awards.

April 28, 2012
Bulldogs Send Seniors Off with Pair of Victories
Senior pitcher Pat Ludwig won his final start and junior pitcher Nolan Becker struck out 16 batters, a season-high for the Ivy League, to help Yale sweep a doubleheader from Brown at Yale Field on Saturday in the final day of the season.

April 27, 2012
Hunter’s Heroics Help Yale Salvage Split with Brown
Yale sophomore second baseman Jacob Hunter belted a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to rally the Bulldogs to a 10-8 win over Brown in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at Brown’s Murray Stadium.

April 26, 2012
Yale Concludes Season with 4-Game Set with Brown
The 2012 season will come to a close this weekend with a four-game series against Brown, but before the final doubleheader is played on Saturday, the Bulldogs will honor their five seniors during Senior Day festivities on Saturday.

April 24, 2012
Yale Walks Off with Win in 12th
Sophomore second baseman Jacob Hunter belted a double to the right-center field wall with one out in the 12th inning to score Cale Hanson with the winning run, lifting the Yale University baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Holy Cross Tuesday night at Yale Field.

April 23, 2012
Listen to Free LIVE Baseball and Softball Coverage on Yale All-Access Saturday
Yale All-Access has free live audio coverage of Saturday’s baseball and softball games vs. Brown. The softball doubleheader starts at 12:30 p.m., and the baseball doubleheader starts at 1 p.m.

April 21, 2012
Ludwig Hurls Gem but Yale Swept By Dartmouth
The Yale University baseball team dropped two more games at Dartmouth, 2-0 and 8-4, as the Big Green completed the four-game sweep of the Bulldogs and clinched at least a tie for the Ivy League’s Red Rolfe Division title Saturday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on the Dartmouth campus.

April 20, 2012
Yale Eliminated from Rolfe Division Race
The Yale University baseball team was eliminated from contention for the Ivy League’s Red Rolfe Division title with a pair of losses at Division leader Dartmouth, 4-3 in seven innings and 5-4 in 12 innings, on Friday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park on the Dartmouth campus.

April 19, 2012
Yale Visits Dartmouth Looking to Join Rolfe Race
Eight games remain in Ivy League play over the final two weekends of the regular season, and for the Yale University baseball team, the stretch run begins with a visit to Red Rolfe Division leader Dartmouth for a pair of doubleheaders that start at 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

April 17, 2012
Hunter’s First Career Homer Lifts Yale to Win
The Yale University baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit to pull out a 7-4 victory over in-state rival Sacred Heart behind the bat of sophomore second baseman Jacob Hunter Tuesday afternoon at historic Yale Field.

April 15, 2012
Hanson Extends Streak in Bulldogs’ Split with Crimson
The Yale University baseball team led 3-0 in Game 1 before Harvard rallied to pull out a 4-3 victory of Sunday’s doubleheader at Yale Field, but the Bulldogs came storming back in Game 2, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to earn a 5-3 victory to salvage the split.

April 14, 2012
Listen to Free LIVE Baseball and Softball Coverage on Yale All-Access this Weekend
Yale All-Access has free live audio coverage of this weekend’s baseball and softball games vs. Harvard. The softball doubleheaders start at 12:30 p.m. each day, and the baseball doubleheaders start at 1 p.m. each day.

April 14, 2012
Bulldogs Snap Skid with Win in Game 1 of Split with Harvard
One streak came to an end, while another is still alive after Yale snapped its 12-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Harvard in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader before seeing a rally fall just short in a 7-6 loss to the Crimson in Game 2 at Yale Field on Saturday.

April 13, 2012
Harvard Set to Visit Yale Field to Begin Divisional Play
Postseason play remains a strong possibility for the Yale University baseball team, which begins play this weekend against the first opponent from the Ivy League’s Red Rolfe Division when Harvard visits Yale Field for a pair of doubleheaders that begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

April 11, 2012
Hanson’s Streak Reaches 29 Games in Fairfield Losses
The Yale University baseball team held leads in both games of a doubleheader against in-state rival Fairfield, only to see the Stags rally to victories in both games to earn the sweep over the Bulldogs, 4-3 and 8-4, at Yale Field on Wednesday.

April 8, 2012
Hanson Keeps Streak Alive in Pair of Heartbreaking Losses
The Yale University baseball team played inspired baseball against two quality Ivy League opponents this weekend only to see it spoiled by late-inning heroics in three of the four games, and the two losses to Cornell on Sunday at Yale Field were the most heartbreaking of the weekend.

April 7, 2012
Hanson’s Streak Hits 25 Games in Princeton Losses
Sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson reached base just once in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against Princeton, but it was just enough to extend his consecutive games streak of reaching base to 25 games.

April 6, 2012
Bulldogs Host Princeton, Cornell in Ivy Home Opener
Yale will play the first Ivy League home games of the season as Princeton (Saturday) and Cornell (Sunday) visit historic Yale Field for back-to-back doubleheaders.

April 3, 2012
Scharff Homers, Hanson Tallies 3 Hits in Loss at Sacred Heart
Despite tallying a total of nine hits, the team's highest hit total in seven games, the Yale University baseball team suffered its sixth straight loss in a 6-3 defeat to in-state rival Sacred Heart Tuesday afternoon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

April 2, 2012
Baseball scheduling change flips games with Sacred Heart
The Yale University baseball team will visit Sacred Heart on Tuesday, April 3, for a nine-inning game at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport beginning at 3:30 p.m. The teams were originally scheduled to meet at Yale Field for a doubleheader.

April 1, 2012
Lubanski Homers, Hanson Extends Streak in Pair of Losses at Penn
The Yale University baseball team suffered its second consecutive doubleheader sweep, this time at the hands of Penn, 4-1 and 8-1, on Sunday at Penn’s Meiklejohn Stadium.

March 31, 2012
Yale Drops Pair at Columbia
The start of the Ivy League season did not fare well for the Yale University baseball team. The Bulldogs opened their Ivy portion of the schedule with a pair of losses, 3-1 and 3-0, at Columbia on Saturday at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

March 30, 2012
Bulldogs Begin Ivy League Play at Columbia, Penn
The Yale University baseball team is looking for its first Ivy League championship since 1994, but the Bulldogs have a lot of work ahead of them to reach the summit and obtain the automatic bid into the NCAA Championship that comes with it.

March 28, 2012
Bulldogs' Game at Quinnipiac Cancelled
The Yale University baseball team's game at Quinnipiac, which was scheduled for 3 p.m. today, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The game will not be rescheduled.

March 24, 2012
Hits Elude Yale in Split with Hartford
A day after collecting a total of 21 hits in two games against the University of Hartford, the bats went cold for the Yale University baseball team in the final two games of a four-game home-and-home set with the Hawks at Fiondella Field Saturday afternoon.

March 23, 2012
Yale Salvages Split with Hartford
Sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson collected five hits in six at-bats in a pair of games against the University of Hartford, leading the Yale University baseball team in an offensive show of force that resulted in a total of 13 runs on 21 hits in a 7-5 loss and an 8-5 win Friday afternoon.

March 22, 2012
Yale Set for Four vs. Hartford
The Yale University baseball team welcomes the University of Hartford to historic Yale Field Friday for a doubleheader that will kick off a four-game home-and-home series that will close with a second doubleheader on Saturday in West Hartford.

March 21, 2012
Bulldogs Blanked by UConn
The Yale University baseball team was held without a hit through the first five innings of its game against in-state rival Connecticut and managed just three hits in total in an 8-0 defeat to UConn on Wednesday at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs.

March 21, 2012
Home Doubleheader vs. Hartford Moved to Friday
The Yale University baseball team announced today that the doubleheader against the University of Hartford that was originally scheduled to be played at Yale Field on Sunday will be moved up to Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

March 20, 2012
Showdown with In-State Rival UConn Awaits Bulldogs
On Wednesday afternoon, the Yale University baseball team will make the one-hour drive to Storrs to take on in-state rival UConn in a scheduled nine-inning contest at J.O. Christian Field at 3 p.m.

March 18, 2012
Bulldogs Drop Pair at Stony Brook
The Yale University baseball team took the momentum from the strong pitching performances that it received on Saturday down to Stony Brook Sunday afternoon to complete the four-game weekend series with the Seawolves. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Stony Brook bats came to life early and often and prevented a repeat of Saturday’s pitching display.

March 17, 2012
Pitchers Dominate as Yale Salvages Split to Open Home Slate
The Yale University baseball team celebrated its 85th Opening Day at historic Yale Field on Saturday with a doubleheader against Stony Brook, and the day turned out to be a showcase of pitching talent from both teams.

March 16, 2012
Bulldogs Host Stony Brook for Opening Day at Historic Yale Field
On Saturday afternoon, historic Yale Field will raise its gates on its 85th season as the home field for the Yale University baseball team, as the Bulldogs play host to Stony Brook in a doubleheader that will open the 2012 home schedule.

March 13, 2012
Yale Ends Florida Trip with Win over Lafayette
The Yale University baseball team used a six-run eighth inning outburst to end its seven-game Florida trip on a high note with a 9-3 win over Lafayette Tuesday.

March 13, 2012
Fortunato, Toups Collect Ivy Honors
Sophomore Kevin Fortunato (Wall, N.J.) and Freshman David Toups (Houston, Texas) turned out to be two of Yale’s hottest bats last week, a pair of performances that were worthy enough to pick up Ivy League awards.

March 12, 2012
Yale Falls at South Florida
The Yale University baseball team managed only five hits Monday night but still outhit South Florida, yet the Bulldogs could not find a way to outlast the Bulls.

March 11, 2012
Yale, Bradley End in Draw
The Yale University bounced back in a big way after Saturday’s tough loss to North Dakota State, but that didn’t translate into a victory for the Bulldogs. In fact, Mother Nature stepped in the way this time and left the Bulldogs with a tie game after nine innings.

March 10, 2012
Ludwig, Yale Suffer Heartbreaking Loss to NDSU
Senior hurler Pat Ludwig carried the Yale baseball team on his shoulders throughout most of the game Saturday, but he and the Bulldogs caught a bad break in the final inning when the skies opened up and turned a ninth-inning lead into a loss in a stunning and rainy finish in their fourth game at the RussMatt Invitational.

March 10, 2012
Yale Outhits Georgetown in Loss
The Yale University baseball team found a great deal of success at the plate in its second go-around with Georgetown, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that failed to result in enough runs to leave the diamond with the victory.

March 8, 2012
Bulldogs Bite Hoyas in Eighth, Rally to First Win
In the Bulldogs’ first game of the RussMatt Invitational, freshman left fielder Joe Lubanski slapped a sharp single through the left side to score junior Cam Squires with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Yale to a 3-2 win over Georgetown at Chain O’Lakes Park Wednesday night.

March 8, 2012
Yale Holds Off Late Rally to Edge Bowling Green
The Yale baseball team appeared to have its second consecutive victory well in hand, but a late rally by Bowling Green nearly cost the Bulldogs that win. Yale's Kevin Fortunato took matters into his own hands and made sure that the Falcons’ rally fell just short at the very end.

March 4, 2012
Weather Forecast Forces Schedule Change
With a forecast calling for snow on Monday in Blacksburg, Va., the scheduled baseball game between the Yale University baseball team and Virginia Tech has been moved up to this afternoon. The game will now be played after today’s scheduled game as part of a doubleheader.

March 4, 2012
Yale Drops Another Pair at Virginia Tech
The Yale University baseball team braved temperatures in the mid-30s Sunday afternoon to squeeze in a doubleheader in an effort to beat the snow that was forecast for Sunday night through Monday. Unfortunately the Bulldogs had trouble raising the heat of their bats in the cold weather, leading to another doubleheader sweep.

March 3, 2012
Yale Drops Season-Opening Twin Bill at Virginia Tech
The Yale University baseball team was hoping to start the 2012 season on a high note, but Virginia Tech put on a power show to spoil the Bulldogs’ season opener.

March 1, 2012
2012 Season Preview: Bulldogs to Open Season at Virginia Tech
The Yale University baseball team entered the final weekend of the 2011 season with a chance to win the Ivy League’s Red Rolfe Division and advance to the Ivy League’s best-of-three championship series.

January 8, 2012
Lally Getting Chance to Chase Dream
Former Bulldogs ace pitcher Vinny Lally, who graduated last spring, agreed to terms with the Schaumburg Boomers, of the independent Frontier League.

December 8, 2011
Yale to Host 2012 Winter Hitting Clinic
The Yale University baseball team will host the 2012 Bulldog Winter Hitting Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. The clinic is open to high school student-athletes ages 14 to 18 years old and will be held inside “The Kennel,” Yale’s indoor hitting facility located at historic Yale Field.

October 16, 2011
Yale Claims Second Straight City Series Crown
If the weekend’s performance is any indication, the Yale University baseball team can expect big things from junior outfielder Josh Scharff in the 2012 season.

October 15, 2011
Yale Advances To City Series Championship
Junior center fielder Cam Squires went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to help lead the Yale University baseball team to a 5-0 win over Southern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon in the second semifinal game of the 2011 New Haven City Series at historic Yale Field.

October 13, 2011
Forecast Pushes Back City Series Games
The New Haven City Series, featuring the baseball teams from Yale, Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut and University of New Haven, has been postponed one day due to the forecast of inclement weather for Friday. The series was originally scheduled to be held Friday and Saturday. The four games will now be held Saturday and Sunday at historic Yale Field.

October 12, 2011
Yale to Host 2011 City Series This Weekend
The baseball teams from Yale, Southern Connecticut, New Haven and Quinnipiac are set to square off this weekend in the 2011 New Haven City Series.

September 28, 2011
Lavarnway's First Two MLB HRs Lift Red Sox
Former Yale catcher Ryan Lavarnway '09 is believed to be part of the future for the Boston Red Sox. Since he was called up to the major league roster by the Boston Red Sox last month, Lavarnway has shown the Red Sox that their future might be here much sooner than they expected.

September 27, 2011
Pair of Bulldogs in the Big Leagues
They may have taken very different roads to get there, but for the first time in 51 years, there are two former Yale Bulldogs on Major League Baseball rosters. Thanks to an Aug. 18 call up by the Red Sox, former Bulldog catcher Ryan Lavarnway ’09 joined Oakland Athletics reliever Craig Breslow ’02 in the big leagues, marking an historic occasion for an already storied Yale baseball program.