Yale Hosts Holy Cross for 4 Games
WEST HAVEN, Conn – Yale faces Holy Cross in its first four-game series this weekend, playing two games each on Saturday and Sunday. Although Holy Cross is the home team for Sunday's games, the series will be played entirely at Historic Yale Field due to field conditions. The game series is as follows:
-vs Holy Cross (Historic Yale Field), Saturday March 22, 1:00 PM EDT
Projected Yale starter: Chasen Ford (1-2, 4.35 ERA, 20.2 IP, 9 K, 5 BB)
-vs Holy Cross (Historic Yale Field), Saturday March 22, 3:30 PM EDT
Projected Yale starter: David Hickey (1-1, 12.34 ERA, 11.2 IP, 7 K, 4 BB)
-at Holy Cross (Historic Yale Field), Sunday March 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Projected Yale starter: Chris Lanham (3-0, 2.91 ERA, 21.2 IP, 15 K, 8 BB)
-at Holy Cross (Historic Yale Field), Sunday March 23, 3:30 PM EDT
Projected Yale starter: Michael Coleman (1-0, 4.26 ERA, 19.0 IP, 5 K, 4 BB)
The past week has been a strange one for the Bulldogs. First, bad weather shifted the schedule, moving the game at Hartford from Tuesday to Thursday. Then, in a nearly unheard of result, Yale defeated UMass Lowell Wednesday despite getting no hits in the contest. Yale continues to flirt with the .500 mark, currently sitting at 6-6.
Harrison White and Richard Slenker have each provided exciting glimpses of hitting in small sample sizes. White is 5 for his first 13, and Slenker is 9 for 27. It's still early in the season, but their hot starts seem to be an encouraging sign of things to come for the pair.
Yale has gotten good production at the plate from a wide array of hitters this year. Robert Baldwin, a senior catcher who is starting for the first time, has filled the role nicely. He sits at an even .300 batting average and .400 slugging percentage over 44 plate appearances. Green Campbell and Eric Hsieh have put up similarly strong numbers so far, each with batting averages above .310, slugging percentages about .350, and on-base percentages above .435. Although in a minor lull lately, Jacob Hunter continues to be Yale's best power hitter. His .444 slugging percentage and five extra base hits lead the team.
On the mound, Chris Lanham has been the most consistent starter. His 3-0 record is by far the best on the team, and his 2.91 ERA leads all starters. Even though opposing hitters have been batting .301 against Lanham, he has found a way to keep them from scoring much so far. Fellow sophomore Chris Moates has looked strong out of the bullpen, with a team-best 2.53 ERA in six appearances. Moates, a firm-throwing righty, has struck out batters with good success. His .84 K/IP ratio is the highest among Yale pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched.
About Holy Cross
Holy Cross has opened with a rough start, currently holding a 3-12 record. Two of those wins have come in the past four games though, and look to give Yale a challenge in its first home series.
Junior infielder Jack St. Clair has been destroying the ball this year, leading the team in batting average (.390) and on-base percentage (.455). Junior outfielder Evan Ocello has been Holy Cross' power threat. He leads the team in slugging percentage (.547) and home runs (2) while batting .359.
Ben White has been the leading innings-eater so far, pitching 20 2/3 innings at an ERA of 3.48. Out of the bullpen, Jeremy Perron and Zach Fox each have spotless ERAs through 4 2/3 innings and 4 innings, respectively. Fox has held batters to a team-best .091 batting average in his three appearances.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity