Bulldogs Head to Quinnipiac for Midweek Showdown

Matthew Smith. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A rainy October may have washed out the 2009 City Series, but the Yale baseball team will still have a chance to play intra-state rival Quinnipiac this season. The Bulldogs will take a break from the Ivy League slate this Wednesday, trekking to nearby Hamden for a single game with the host Bobcats. First pitch from the shadows of Sleeping Giant is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Yale (16-17-1, 3-9 Ivy) is coming off four losses at defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth. The Elis, who have lost nine of their last 10 road contests, will look to buck that trend against a struggling Quinnipiac (6-23, 6-6 NEC) team that dropped to 0-18 in non-conference action with a 10-4 loss at Hartford today.

Mazzuto Family Head Coach John Stuper will use Wednesday as a “staff game”, with senior right-hander Matthew Smith making his first career start on the mound. Yale used eight different pitchers in its last midweek staff game on March 24 at Connecticut. Quinnipiac will most likely go deep into its bullpen as well with a Northeast Conference series at Central Connecticut State slated to begin on Friday.

The Bulldogs' team batting average has dipped below .300 for the first time since March 9, registering at .299. Senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth leads Yale with a .377 average. The 2009 All-Ivy first teamer is also the Elis' pacesetter in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, doubles, home runs, total bases, walks and RBI. Yale has a success rate of nearly 70% on the basepaths, swiping 41 bags on 60 attempts. The Bulldogs have committed 43 errors in 34 contests en route to a .964 fielding percentage.

Quinnipiac is batting .265 as a squad, with Kyle Nisson's .337 average leading the charge. Brian Monack is the team leader with three home runs and 23 runs batted in. The Bobcats are not an aggressive running team, but have posted a 16-for-25 mark on stolen base attempts. They are committing more than two errors per game, registering a .948 fielding percentage.

The Bulldogs will resume Ivy League play this weekend, returning the diamond at historic Yale Field on Saturday to begin a four-game series with perennial rival Harvard. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader will be at 1 p.m., while Sunday's twinbill will start at noon.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity

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