NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Chris Lanham became the first player in Yale history to win three Pitcher of the Week honors in a season, thanks to yet another outstanding performance against Harvard.
Between Lanham and Chris Moates, a Bulldog has won the award each of the past four weeks. Yale is the first school to reach that milestone in nearly 15 years, since four Dartmouth pitchers did back in 2000.
Lanham won a complete extra-inning battle against the Crimson, giving up two hits and no runs for the win. He struck out five and walked one in his eight innings.
In some senses, it was business as usual for Lanham. He now leads the Ivy League outright in wins (6-1) and conference ERA (0.32). He has allowed just one run to an Ivy League team, striking out 18 batters while walking only four. Three of his four league starts were complete games.
Said Lanham about his mindset, "I really try to focus on every pitch and make sure each one is a quality strike low in the zone. It helps to treat every inning like it is a tie game. That really forces a consistent high level of focus." Easily enough, Lanham actually has pitched in a number of close games. His win this week was his second conference start that went to extra innings in a 0-0 tie.
In response to his Pitcher of the Week Award, Lanham deferred the credit to his defense. "They make all the plays, and it seems like someone is always turning a clutch double play or making a game saving catch. They have really been outstanding behind me."
The full Ivy League Sports release can be found here: http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/releases/Baseball_Weekly_Release_-_Week_9