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Bulldogs Host Harvard on Saturday and Monday

Trey Rallis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Trey Rallis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The threat of inclement weather has altered the schedule, but the Yale baseball team will host historic rival Harvard for a four-game series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. The squads will play a doubleheader on Saturday and then return to Yale Field on Monday at for a second twinbill (game time TBA). The Bulldogs enter the weekend at 16-18-1 overall and 3-9 in Ivy League play.

Yale snapped out of its slump at the plate in a big way on Wednesday, hammering host Quinnipiac for 18 runs, but still fell to the Bobcats in a wild non-conference clash by a score of 19-18. The Elis are now batting .303 as a team, led by a .375 batting average from senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth. On the hill, the Yale staff owns a 5.84 ERA.

Harvard (13-21, 6-6 Ivy) took two games from Ivy League powerhouse Brown last weekend to climb back to .500 at 6-6 in Ancient Eight play. The Crimson is batting .265 as a team and owns a team ERA of 7.77. Jeff Reynolds leads three Cantabs hitting better than .305, posting a .356 average with a team-best 21 RBI.

Harvard took three of four from the Bulldogs last season in Cambridge, but the Elis have not lost the season series at Yale Field since the 2002 campaign. The all-time series dates back to a July 25, 1869 tilt in Worcester, Mass., which the Crimson won by a 25-17 tally. The first game in New Haven between the perennial rivals was a 24-22 Harvard win on July 4, 1870.

Yale will be back in action on Tuesday, wrapping up the non-conference slate with a doubleheader against Holy Cross. First pitch from Yale Field is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity