Bulldogs Welcome In-State Rival Quinnipiac To Historic Yale Field
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Since returning north from its season-opening trip to Florida, the Yale University baseball team has found its stride and will look to continue its winning ways Wednesday against another in-state rival in the final warm-up prior to the start of the Ivy League season this weekend.
The Bulldogs opened the season with three wins in the eight games they played in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, but they have since won six of their last nine games, including the last four, all of which came against in-state rival Hartford.
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs welcome another in-state rival to historic Yale Field. Quinnipiac will make the short trek down to face Yale. The Bobcats (11-6, 7-1 Northeast Conference) started the season with four wins in their first eight games, but since conference play began, the Bobcats have rolled to seven wins in eight games. It is the best start in the program's Division I history.
The Bobcats are led by captain Chris Migani, who is hitting .304 (17-for-56) and is leading the team in runs scored (14), doubles (6), RBI (14), slugging percentage (.464), walks (12) and is second in on-base percentage (.447).
Ben Farina recently became the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to reach 200 career hits, moving into fourth place on the Bobcats' all-time hit list. Current Bobcats assistant coach Tim Binkoski holds the record with 245. Farina is second on the team in hits (20), RBI (11) and runs scored (10), while leading the team with six stolen bases.
After opening the season at 3-5, the Bulldogs came home to play a historic game against in-state rival Central Connecticut. Although the Bulldogs fell to the Blue Devils, 2-1, the game stretched into the 17th inning, which is the longest recorded game in Yale's history.
The Bulldogs followed that loss with a split of two doubleheaders at Navy before sweeping two doubleheaders against Hartford last weekend. The wins over Hartford pushed the Bulldogs' record (9-8) over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Trey Rallis, Jacob Hunter and Cale Hanson each drove in seven runs in the four-game series against Hartford to lead the Bulldogs' offensive effort. Rallis and Hunter each had eight hits, while Hanson had six hits, including his first home run of the season, and six walks. Gant Elmore had seven hits and scored seven runs, while Andrew Moore hit a pair of home runs among his five hits, with both homers coming in the opening game on Sunday.
Hunter is Bulldogs' leading hitter (.368 average) and doubles (6), and he's second in slugging percentage (.526) and RBIs (12). The Bulldogs are hitting .277 overall and are 2-0 at home. The Bobcats are hitting .272 overall. They have played all 17 of their games away from home.
Yale is scheduled to open the Ivy League schedule on the road with doubleheaders at Cornell (Saturday, April 2) and at Princeton (Sunday, April 3).
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity