Bulldogs Set for Pair of Games at No. 11 Virginia

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Jacob Hunter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs visit Cavaliers for First Meeting Since March 20, 1983

 
 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Yale University baseball team headed to Virginia Monday afternoon for a pair of games against the nationally ranked University of Virginia.

It is the first meeting between the two schools since March 16, 1983.

Yale faces a Virginia squad that is ranked as high as No. 11 in the national polls. Virginia enters the week with a 17-2 overall record, including a 13-1 mark at home.

The two teams will play a pair of nine-inning games at Virginia's Davenport Field at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Live audio for both games will be available for a fee at VirginiaSports.com. Yale's live stats can be found here.

 
 

Probable Starting Pitchers

YALE
Tuesday: Ben Joseph, Sophomore, RHP (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Wednesday: TBA
 
VIRGINIA
Tuesday: Trey Oest, Freshman, RHP (3-0, 1.12 ERA)
Wednesday: Josh Sborz, Freshman, RHP (1-0, 1.69 ERA)

 

 

About Yale

Yale enters the week with a 1-7 overall record following the eight-game spring break trip to Florida. The Bulldogs currently hold a team batting average of .244 with junior Jacob Hunter and freshman Nate Adams tied for the team lead with a .364 batting average. Hunter and Adams also lead the team in slugging (409 slugging percentage.), hits (8), and total bases (9).

Hunter has reached base in the last six games, while sophomores Green Campbell and Eric Hsieh are both carrying a three-game hitting streak into the series with Virginia.

Senior captain Chris Piwinski and sophomore David Toups both have four RBIs to lead the Bulldogs, while Toups is also leading the team with four runs scored.

Freshman right-hander Chris Moates is leading the team with a 0.00 ERA in four relief appearances, with one save in 6.2 total innings, while Tuesday's starter Ben Joseph (1-0, 1.29 ERA) currently owns the only victory on the pitching staff.

 
 

About Virginia

Virginia won its first 14 games of the season by an average margin of 6.9 runs. The Cavaliers have dropped two of their last five games with losses against Maryland (4-2, March 10) and Clemson (7-6, March 16).

Brandon Cogswell leads the Cavaliers with a .397 batting average, while Brandon Downes and Kenny Towns both have three home runs for the team lead. Towns has recorded a team-high 23 RBIs, while Cogswell has scored a team-best 26 runs. Nick Howard and Downes both have six doubles, while Downes also holds the team lead in triples with four. Cogswell also leads Virginia with seven stolen bases in nine attempts.

Trey Oest and Josh Sborz will start the two games for the Cavaliers. Oest holds a 1.12 ERA in three appearances (all starts). He is 3-0 this season, allowing just seven hits and two earned runs in 16.0 innings of work. Sborz is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA. He has made nine relief appearances this season. Wednesday's start will be his first of the season. He holds the team lead with two saves. He has allowed eight hits and two earned runs in 10.2 innings of work.

 

All-Time Series

The two teams have met 69 times since 1893, but this is the first meeting between the two teams since Yale took a 13-7 win on March 20, 1983, in Orlando, Fla. Overall, Yale owns a 44-22-3 record against the Cavaliers.

 

Last Time Out

Yale closed out its stay at the RussMatt Invitational with a 6-5 loss to Navy in Babson, Fla. It was the second straight game that Yale rallied in the ninth inning and pushed the tying run to third base. Against the Midshipmen, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 6-5 and had the tying run on third with two outs but could not drive the run in.

Senior Josh Scharff went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Bulldogs, while sophomore Green Campbell went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Yale junior starter Rob Cerfolio (0-2) struck out seven Navy batters in seven innings of work.

 

Virginia's National Rankings

Virginia is ranked No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Cavaliers are also No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 14 in the Baseball America rankings and No. 15 in the NCBWA poll.

 

Triple Threat

Virginia is tied with Arizona with 19 triples this season, which leads the nation. The Cavaliers have seen nine players hit at least one triple, with Brandon Downes leading the way with four.

 

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity