Bulldogs To Honor Seniors Friday, With Division Crown On The Line
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — For the 10 seniors on the Yale University baseball team, their final weekend in a Bulldog uniform could be their most memorable one.
Yale (22-16, 10-6 Ivy League) enters the final weekend of the regular season sitting atop the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division, in a tie with Dartmouth with four games remaining for both teams. Dartmouth will play a pair of doubleheaders with Harvard this weekend, while Yale will play its final four games against Brown (9-27, 6-10 Ivy League).
The 10 seniors will celebrate Senior Day Friday between the first two games of the series, which are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at historic Yale Field.
The Bulldogs will then travel to Providence, R.I., to close out the season with a twin bill at Brown.
If Yale finishes the weekend all alone in first place, it will give the Bulldogs their first Red Rolfe Division crown since 1995. They won the first three Rolfe Division titles beginning with the Ivy League's first season of division play in 1993.
If the Bulldogs hold on to win the division, they will face the winner of the Lou Gehrig Division in the Ivy League Championship, a best-of-three series, next weekend. Yale has won the Ivy League championship twice, in 1993 and 1994.
If the Bulldogs and Big Green remain tied after the weekend, the two teams will meet in a one-game playoff to determine the division champion sometime early next week.
Either way, it will be a memorable end to the careers of the 10 seniors. Captain Andy Megee (third base), Gant Elmore (second base), Trey Rallis (first base), outfielders Andrew Kolmar and Harry Koulos, starting pitchers Brook Hart and Vinny Lally, and relief pitchers Will Stratton and Alex Young have all done their part to put the Bulldogs in position to make 2011 the most memorable season in more than 15 years.
Megee has played in 162 games in his Yale career, starting all but one in his four seasons. Entering the final weekend, Megee has a batting average of .305 with 189 hits, 109 runs scored, 102 RBIs, 42 doubles, seven triples, 15 home runs, 39 stolen bases in 54 attempts, a slugging percentage of .468, an on-base percentage of .358, and a .928 fielding percentage while manning third base throughout his Yale career.
Second baseman Gant Elmore has played in 155 games in his Yale career with 151 starts in four seasons. He enters the final weekend with a .288 career batting average, with 152 hits, 24 doubles, two triples, a home run, 55 RBIs, 95 runs scored, and a .956 fielding percentage.
In his three seasons in a Yale uniform, first baseman Trey Rallis has played in 90 games with 82 starts. He became Yale's single-season doubles leader when he set the record as a junior last year with 20 doubles. An All-Ivy Honorable Mention as a junior, he earned his first Ivy weekly honor of his career last week when he was named the Player of the Week. He enters the final weekend with a .349 career batting average with 105 hits in 90 games. He has 31 doubles, nine home runs, 64 RBIs, 59 runs scored, a .542 slugging percentage and a .437 on-base percentage.
Yale's ace starting pitcher Vinny Lally saved his best season for his last in a Bulldog uniform. He is currently 5-0 with four complete games, a 1.87 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and only 38 hits and 17 runs allowed in 62.2 innings. Overall, he enters his final weekend with a 16-6 overall record, including a 7-2 mark last season. He has 170 total strikeouts in 176.1 innings.
Brook Hart became one of Yale's most solid starting pitchers in his last season with the Bulldogs. While he enters his final weekend with a 4-4 overall record, he holds a 1.89 ERA with four complete games in eight starts. He has 40 strikeouts in 57.0 innings. He only played two seasons with the Bulldogs, but he currently holds a 7-7 overall record with an impressive 3.74 ERA and 78 total strikeouts in 98.2 innings.
Andrew Kolmar was limited in his seniors season due to an injury early on, but he has left his mark on the Bulldogs during his four years. He played in 105 games with 81 starts. He holds a .247 career batting average, but his best season came last year as a junior when he started 35 of his 39 games with a .308 average, five home runs, and a .525 slugging percentage.
Andrew Moore played in 118 games in his four years at Yale with 103 starts. He holds a career average of .284 with 99 hits, 53 RBIs, 49 runs scored, eight home runs and 23 doubles.
The other three seniors, relievers Will Stratton and Alex Young, and outfielder Harry Koulos have all left their mark in a reserve role with the Bulldogs.
For all 10 seniors, the four games this weekend against Brown could be the last of their Yale careers. However, they are playing for a chance to extend their time in a Yale uniform for at least one more weekend.
No matter the results this weekend, it will prove to be one of the most exciting weekends the Bulldogs have had in a long time.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity