Forecast Pushes Back City Series Games

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Josh Scharff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Games Now Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. & 3 p.m., at Yale Field

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — 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.

Quinnipiac and New Haven will meet in the opening game of the series at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Yale will host Southern Connecticut in the second game, which is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The City Series champion will be decided in the championship game, which is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. The consolation game, which will feature the losing teams from Saturday's games, will be held Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.

Yale won the 2010 City Series with a 6-4 victory over Quinnipiac in the championship game thanks to a four-run outburst in the eighth inning that completed a rally from a 4-0 deficit. The Bulldogs defeated New Haven 7-2 in their opening game of the 2010 City Series. In 18 innings over the course of the two games, Yale pitchers gave up just five hits and four earned runs. Andrew Kolmar and Kevin Fortunato shared tournament MVP honors.

Southern Connecticut is coming off of a 2011 season in which it advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II College World Series. The Owls finished with a 45-9-1 record after losing to Winona State in the World Series semifinals.

Quinnipiac finished the 2011 season with a 15-32 record, while New Haven closed out the 2011 season with a 26-18 record after a 1-0 loss in 15 innings in the opening game of the Northeast-10 championship tournament.

Yale is led by senior captain Ryan Brenner, Yale's starting catcher since his sophomore season. Brenner posted some impressive offensive numbers while also excelling defensively (only three errors) in 2011. He hit .306, finishing fourth on the team in that category. He also struck out just nine times in 111 at-bats and was second on the team in on-base percentage (.406). Brenner's work with the Yale pitchers helped the Bulldog staff lead the Ivy League in strikeouts (298) while limiting opponents to a .261 batting average, the best figure of any staff in the league last season.

Visit www.YaleBulldogs.com for updates throughout the weekend's series.

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