NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale hosts three other local schools this weekend at Historic Yale Field for the annual City Series.
Southern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven, and Yale will each play once Saturday and Sunday in a single-elimination format. The game schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Oct. 12:
12:00 p.m.: Southern Connecticut State vs. Yale
3:00 p.m.: Quinnipiac vs. New Haven
Sunday, Oct. 13:
12:00 p.m.: Consolation Game
3:00 p.m.: Championship Game
Yale starts the year coming off a hot finish to the 2013 season. The Bulldogs ended the season with four straight wins and finished 10-10 in the Ivy League.
Although it doesn't count in the standings, Yale Head Coach John Stuper sees the City Series as an important opportunity for the team to start strong. Said Stuper, "Not to sound overly dramatic, but I tell the team each year that this is their first attempt as a group to win a championship."
The Yale roster features plenty familiar names. The Elis only graduated three seniors last year, leaving a full pitching rotation.
"We should be pretty decent on the mound with every pitcher returning from last year. David Hickey, Rob Cerfolio, and Michael Coleman all return and all three pitched very well in the rotation last year," said Stuper. He added that the plan for the weekend is to start Hickey on Saturday and work from there in relief and on Sunday.
In addition to the many returning players, Yale adds seven freshmen from the Class of 2017. Gushed Stuper, "I have really liked what I have seen thus far from the new guys. Competitive, athletic and talented."
The freshmen will add versatility to an already flexible roster, giving Stuper and the rest of the Yale coaching staff plenty of options heading into the tournament.
Southern Connecticut State finished the 2013 season at 20-21-1. Competing in the Northeast-10 Conference, the Owls bring a young roster to New Haven, with five seniors and 10 freshmen.
Quinnipiac University Head Coach Dan Gooley will be coaching in his final City Series as the Bobcats' skipper. Gooley has announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 season. The Quinnipiac team posted a 17-36 record in 2013.
The University of New Haven Chargers put up a .714 winning percentage last season, including a 15-6 Northeast-10 conference record that was good enough for first in their Southwest division.
Report filed by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity