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Cale Hanson Elected 2014 Captain; Piwinski Named Team MVP

Cale Hanson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Cale Hanson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Seven Bulldogs Take Home Awards during Year-End Banquet


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team celebrated its year-end banquet on Thursday, electing junior shortstop/pitcher Cale Hanson (Katy, Texas) as captain for the 2014 season while also honoring seven players with team awards.

Hanson, one of the team's seven seniors in 2014, was the Bulldogs' starting shortstop in each of his first two seasons, but an injury limited his role this season and he spent most of the time in the bullpen as one of the team's top relievers. He was 1-2 in 12 appearances this season with two saves and a 3.79 earned run average. In his three years at Yale, Hanson has started all 98 games in which he appeared in the field. An All-Ivy League Second Team selection in 2012, Hanson has 105 career hits in 355 at-bats for a .296 career batting average, with 15 doubles and two home runs in his Yale career. He also has 21 pitching appearances in his three seasons with one start. On the mound, he owns a 4-3 career record with three saves and a 2.67 earned run average in his three seasons.

"Cale is a great choice among what was a great group of candidates," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "Being injured and not being able to play the field led Cale to focus on pitching and he did a great job for us there. He was vocal in the dugout when he wasn't on the mound and helped lead us. I look forward to his captaincy and his return to the field as we try to compete for a championship next year."

Chris Piwinski, the team captain in 2013, was given the George H. Walker, Jr. '27 Award as the team's Most Valuable Player during the 2013 season. Piwinski appeared in 36 games with 34 starts behind the plate. He hit .262 with 27 hits in 103 at-bats, including two doubles, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. In his four years at Yale, Piwinski played every infield position except first base.

The David M. Darst Hustle Cup (Rookie of the Year), which is presented to the freshman "who made the greatest contribution to the baseball team through desire, enthusiasm and hustle," was awarded to both Chris Moates and Brent Lawson. Moates became a key contributor on the pitching staff this season, making a team-high 13 appearances with four starts. He went 1-4 with one save with a 2.98 ERA and he was tied for second on the team in strikeouts with 29. Lawson appeared in 37 games with 35 starts, including 30 at third base. Among the team's regular starters, Lawson was second in hitting (.281), slugging (.336) and total hits (36), with a team-high seven doubles. He also had 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

The Paul Sortal Award, which is awarded to the player who maximizes his ability to the fullest was given to senior outfielder Cam Squires and sophomore outfielder Green Campbell. Squires made 23 appearances with 18 starts. He finished the season with a .236 average, with 13 hits in 55 at-bats, including two doubles. He led the team in sacrifice bunts (7) and was second in stolen bases (6). Campbell made 16 appearances in the outfield with 15 starts before his season was cut short by injury. He had a team-high .391 batting average with 18 hits in 46 at-bats.

The Burnat-Grass Teammate Award was given to junior first baseman Joe Lubanski. The award is given to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of toughness, hard work, character and integrity, while putting the team above himself." The award is named after former Yale baseball players Kyle Burnat '05 and Nick Grass '05.

Junior starting pitcher Rob Cerfolio was presented with the Coach's Award, which is given to the player who desires team unity above all else. Cerfolio led the team with a 2.94 ERA in 49.0 innings pitched. He also led the team with 12 of his 29 strikeouts looking.

Squires was also honored with the Martin Griffin Award, which was instituted three years ago by Joe Conway '80 and Fred Berg '66 in honor of their mentor, Martin I.J. Griffin. The award is given to the graduating senior who is the team's most outstanding scholar-athlete. Squires, a Film Studies major, holds a 3.50 grade point average.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity