Yale to Host 2011 City Series This Weekend

Ryan Brenner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ryan Brenner. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs to Defend Crown vs. SCSU, New Haven and Quinnipiac beginning Friday


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The baseball teams from Yale, Southern Connecticut, New Haven and Quinnipiac are set to square off this weekend in the 2011 New Haven City Series.

Yale will host the four-game set beginning Friday at historic Yale Field. Quinnipiac and New Haven will meet in the opening game of the series at 3 p.m. on Friday. Yale will host Southern Connecticut in the second game, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The City Series champion will be decided in the championship game, which is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The consolation game, which will feature the losing teams from Friday's games, will be held Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.

Yale won the 2010 City Series with a 6-4 victory over Quinnipiac in the championship game thanks to a four-run outburst in the eighth inning that completed a rally from a 4-0 deficit. The Bulldogs defeated New Haven 7-2 in their opening game of the 2010 City Series. In 18 innings over the course of the two games, Yale pitchers gave up just five hits and four earned runs. Andrew Kolmar and Kevin Fortunato shared tournament MVP honors.

Southern Connecticut is coming off of a 2011 season in which it advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II College World Series. The Owls finished with a 45-9-1 record after losing to Winona State in the World Series semifinals.

Quinnipiac finished the 2011 season with a 15-32 record, while New Haven closed out the 2011 season with a 26-18 record after a 1-0 loss in 15 innings in the opening game of the Northeast-10 championship tournament.

Yale is led by senior captain Ryan Brenner, Yale's starting catcher since his sophomore season. Brenner posted some impressive offensive numbers while also excelling defensively (only three errors) in 2011. He hit .306, finishing fourth on the team in that category. He also struck out just nine times in 111 at-bats and was second on the team in on-base percentage (.406). Brenner's work with the Yale pitchers helped the Bulldog staff lead the Ivy League in strikeouts (298) while limiting opponents to a .261 batting average, the best figure of any staff in the league last season.

Visit www.YaleBulldogs.com for updates throughout the weekend's series.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity