March 13, 2012

Fortunato, Toups Collect Ivy Honors

Fortunato Named Player of the Week; Toups Earns Rookie of the Week Honors

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team is showing some signs of heating up under the Florida sun, and the Ivy League has noticed.

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.

On Tuesday, the Ivy League named Fortunato the Player of the Week, while Toups earned Rookie of the Week recognition.

Fortunato proved to be Yale's best overall hitter in the five games that Yale played last week at the RussMatt Invitational in Central Florida. He hit .450 in the five games with three doubles among nine hits in 20 at-bats, driving in four runs and scoring three more, ending the week with a .600 slugging percentage and a .476 on-base percentage. On the mound, the Bulldogs' closer ended with a pair of saves in four appearances.

Toups, Yale's second baseman, ended the week with the highest batting average in the Bulldogs' lineup. In 19 at-bats, Toups matched Fortunato for a team-high nine hits, scoring three runs and driving in two more. He also reached base in three other plate appearances.

Yale (2-7-1) went 2-2-1 in the five-game stretch, earning back-to-back wins over Bowling Green and Georgetown, followed by losses to Georgetown and North Dakota State. The Bulldogs ended the week with a 7-7 tie with Bradley in a game that was stopped after nine innings due to rain.

The Ivy League also named Penn's Vincent Voiro its Pitcher of the Week. Yale pitcher Christopher O'Hare (Lynnfield, Mass.) was placed on the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll. He started the win against Bowling Green, earning his first win of the season. He worked six scoreless innings with six strikeouts while allowing just five hits and two walks.

Yale is scheduled to end its Florida trip today with a game against Lafayette in the Bulldogs' final game at the RussMatt Invitational. Yale will then return to the Northeast to begin a four-game set against Stony Brook with a doubleheader on the road on Friday and a second doubleheader to open the home portion of the schedule on Saturday at historic Yale Field.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity