Outfielder Leads Bulldogs into 2014-15
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising senior outfielder David Toups (Houston, Texas) has been elected captain of the Yale baseball team for 2014-15. Toups, one of the team's most versatile players, was selected by a team vote on Tuesday.
Toups has seen time in both the infield and outfield while totaling 117 games played for his career. This past season he was the team's starting right fielder, playing in 35 games. He ended the year on a hot streak, going 5-for-14 with three RBIs in his final four games. That included his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the one-game Rolfe Division playoff at Dartmouth last Sunday. For the season he had 21 hits in 95 at-bats, drawing 13 walks and finishing with a .327 on-base percentage.
Toups is one of eight rising seniors for the Bulldogs, joined by catcher Robert Baldwin (Austin, Texas), outfielder Green Campbell (Shreveport, La.), outfielder Charles Cook (Dallas, Texas), outfielder/left-handed pitcher Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), right-handed pitcher Ben Joseph (Newberry, Fla.), outfielder Joe Lubanski (Collegeville, Pa.) and left-handed pitcher Nate O'Leary (Manteca, Calif.).
"I thought there were quite a few good candidates for captain and that speaks well for the leadership within the junior class," said John Stuper, Yale's head coach. "David Toups was a good choice and I know he will do a great job."
Toups made 44 appearances for Yale as a freshman in 2012, splitting time between second base and left field. He finished second on the team with a .306 batting average and led the team with 13 sacrifice bunts. He was second on the team in hits (45) and third in on-base percentage (.363). He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Mar. 13.
In 2013 Toups started all 38 games, with 36 starts at second base, one in left field and one as the designated hitter. He led Yale in runs (19), RBIs (18) and walks (11) and was second in stolen bases (six).
Toups takes over as captain with Yale looking to build on the progress it made this past season. The Bulldogs won 19 games, their most wins since 2011. They won 11 games in Ivy League play, also their best since 2011. After finishing in a tie with Dartmouth for first place in the Rolfe Division, the Bulldogs' season ended with a loss to the Big Green this past Sunday in a one-game playoff for a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series.
An economics major in Pierson College, Toups attended Lamar prior to Yale. He earned all-district honors there twice.