NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Former Yale starting pitcher and 2018 First Team All-Ivy unanimous selection Eric Brodkowitz '18 has committed to play for the Israel's national team, which is competing for a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games.
"I am just thrilled that Eric is getting this well-deserved opportunity," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "One of the hardest working and highest character kids I've ever coached. He had a phenomenal year for us last year. This is a nice reward for that. Yale Baseball wishes him the best."
Brodkowitz, a Potomac, Md, native, is one of 10 American baseball players who will become dual-Israeli citizens and make aliyah to qualify for Israel's team that will make a bid for the Summer Games in Tokyo, according to the Jewish Baseball News website.
The right hander went 12-5 over his final two seasons with the Bulldogs. In 2018, he led the conference with six victories without a loss and finished second in innings pitched behind teammate Scott Politz with 55 and 1/3 innings against Ivy League opponents.
Brodkowitz finished his senior season with a 2.76 ERA in 84 and 2/3 innings pitched, including a 2.98 ERA with 37 hits allowed in league play. Yale finished in first place with a 15-6 mark in the Ivy League and earned a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series for a third straight season.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity