WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Yale hosts Fairfield University Wednesday for a two-game set beginning at 3:30 P.M. EDT. It is Yale's only non-league series of the week before traveling to Dartmouth for the weekend.
Yale (12-13, 5-3) comes off a stellar weekend capped off by a sweep of Princeton on Sunday, April 6th. Yale's three wins across the two weekend doubleheaders (against Cornell and Princeton) left Yale far in the lead of the Red Rolfe Division, three full games ahead of next-best Dartmouth.
It should come as no surprise that quality pitching has led the Elis to victory as of late. Chris Lanham (4-1) put together another fantastic start to lead Yale to a 4-2 victory over Princeton. He leads the league in conference ERA, with a miniscule 0.67. His four wins are tied for the Ivy lead.
Chris Moates was a force coming out of the bullpen this week. He threw 4 2/3 innings in total, allowing no runs in the process. He struck out six, walking just one and surrendering only three hits. He is the only Ivy League pitcher with a conference win and conference save.
The bats haven't been hot for Yale, but they've been enough. Richard Slenker provided the heroics in two different extra-inning games over the weekend, walking off both Cornell and Princeton.
Yale will get the rest of the week off after Wednesday to rest for the pivotal series at Dartmouth.
Fairfield (12-12) comes into the week having won six of its last seven games. Most recently, Fairfield took a close three-game series against Canisius.
At the plate, Jake Salpietro is the leader for the Stags. His .345 average is good enough to lead the team, as do his three home runs. Sebastian Salvo trails Salpietro's average with a mark of .324, but he has gotten less than half the at-bats of Salpietro.
Alex Witkus needs to be kept track of on the base paths. So far, he is a perfect 12-for-12 on stolen base attempts.
Starting pitching has not been Fairfield's strong suit. No Stag starter has an ERA below 3.60. EJ Ashworth has seen the most time, with seven starts, but his three allowed home runs and .319 opposing batting average may have Yale hoping he gets a start.
The Fairfield bullpen has been much steadier. Christian Fox has not allowed a run through 7 1/3 innings, earning two saves in the process. Andrew Gallagher also has kept things scoreless, giving up six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity