April 13, 2010

Robert Gruber Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After earning three wins in relief for the Yale baseball team this past week, senior right-hander Robert Gruber has been recognized by the Ivy League as its Pitcher of the Week. Gruber posted a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 inning of work out of the bullpen, scattering just three hits and one walk while striking out three batters in his trio of appearances.

The 6'7” submariner started his week on Tuesday against Sacred Heart, entering a 3-3 contest in the fourth inning with the go-ahead run on third base and two out. He would get the out needed to end the threat, then allowed just one hit over the final three frames of the seven-inning contest to earn the win in relief. Gruber appeared in a clutch spot again on Saturday, entering in extra innings against Cornell with one-out and the go-ahead run on second base. Gruber struck out Big Red's cleanup batter then induced a pop-up from the five hitter as Yale went on to win the game in the bottom of that inning. He capped the week against Princeton, this time entering with Yale trailing, 5-3, and inheriting two additional Tigers in scoring position with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Gruber pitched out of the jam and threw a scoreless seventh inning as well, facilitating a Bulldogs' comeback that made him a winner for the third time in the week. Overall, batters hit just .150 off of Gruber.

On the season, Gruber has been solid out of the Elis' bullpen. In 13.0 innings pitched over a team-best 13 appearances, he is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a .229 batting average against him. The senior, who has not allowed an earned run in nine appearances (10.0 innings) dating back to March 13, has allowed only 11 hits and four walks this season while recording nine strikeouts.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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