Bulldogs to Honor Piwinski, Scharff, Squires Prior to Facing Brown Friday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team will close out the 2013 season this weekend with a home-and-home four-game series against Brown, beginning with Senior Day on Friday when the Bulldogs will honor their three seniors prior to hosting the Bears for the first of two doubleheaders.
Yale will cap off the season with a trip to Brown for the second doubleheader of the weekend on Saturday. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. However, Senior Day ceremonies will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 9-25 overall record, 6-10 in Ivy League play. Brown is just 5-28 overall and 3-13 in Ivy League play. Both teams have been eliminated from contention for the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division title.
Yale's Live Stats game-tracker for all four games can be found on YaleBulldogs.com.
Senior captain Chris Piwinski: Piwinski has been a true leader for the Bulldogs in his four seasons at Yale. Serving as a backup catcher in his first two seasons, Piwinski became a true starter last season as the team's third baseman before moving back behind the plate as the team's primary catcher in his final season in a Yale uniform.
Entering this final weekend, Piwinski played in 102 games with 89 starts in his four seasons at Yale. He has a career batting average of .206 with 58 career hits in 281 at-bats, including nine doubles and two triples. He has scored 29 runs and driven in 27 more. He started all 45 games last season and 30 of the 32 games in which he has appeared this season.
In his final season at Yale, Piwinski is currently tied for the team lead in walks (10) and sacrifice bunts (5) with sophomore second baseman David Toups. He is also fourth on the team in hitting (.230) and slugging (.253), third in on-base percentage (.327) and stolen bases (3).
Senior Designated Hitter Josh Scharff: As an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter, Scharff spent his first two seasons at Yale in a reserve role before becoming a starter in his final two seasons.
For his career, Scharff enters this weekend with a .257 batting average with 77 hits in 300 at-bats. He has 16 doubles, four triples, three homes runs, 36 RBIs and 29 runs scored. He has appeared in 112 games with 83 starts.
In his final season with the Bulldogs, Scharff has enjoyed his best season statistically. He is currently hitting .315 with 23 hits in 73 at-bats with a home run, two doubles, and 11 RBIs. This season, he has started 21 of the 26 games in which he has appeared.
Senior Outfielder Cam Squires: Squires speed has served him and the Bulldogs well during his four seasons. He has played in 119 games entering the weekend with 75 starts. The speedy outfielder has stolen 20 bases in his four seasons, picking up a career-best nine steals in 11 attempts during his sophomore season.
Squires enters the weekend with a .271 career batting average with 78 hits in 288 at-bats, including nine doubles, five triples and one home run. He also recorded 32 RBIs and 43 runs scored.
Although he has battled through some injuries this season, Squires is currently second on the team in stolen bases with five, just one behind team leader Jacob Hunter entering the final weekend of the season.
Overall, Yale has struggled at the plate this season and enters the weekend with a team batting average of .239 while averaging 3.3 runs per game.
Senior captain Chris Piwinski leads a Yale squad that includes 16 returning players from the group that finished 13-31-1 last season, with a fourth-place finish (5-15) in the Ivy League's Rolfe Division. The Bulldogs' roster includes seven new players, including five freshmen and two players that joined the team after spending time on Yale's football team in junior Jake Semones and sophomore Charles Cook.
Entering the final weekend of the season, junior first baseman Jacob Hunter is leading the Bulldogs in hitting (.349), slugging (.434), total hits (37), and total bases (46). Freshman Brent Lawson leads the team in doubles (7), while sophomore second baseman David Toups is the team's home run leader with two.
Brown entered last weekend with just three wins overall and just one win in Ivy League play, but the Bears pulled off a split of the four-game series against second-place Harvard to end an 11-game losing streak.
The Bears are led by Will Marcal and Daniel Massey, who are both in the top 10 in the Ivy League in hitting, with Marcal averaging .347 (4th) and Massey .321 (9th). The Bears also feature last week's Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Wes Van Boom. The junior catcher led the Bears offensively last week, hitting .400 (8-of-20) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. He slugged .800, posted an OBP of .591 and scored seven runs.
As a team, the Bears are hitting .242 overall with league-lows in on-base percentage (.294) and runs scored (99).
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity