Bulldogs Have Won Five Of Last Six Games
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale baseball team prepares to continue its 150th season this week against in-state foes UConn and Quinnipiac on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, as Ivy League play begins next weekend.
Originally scheduled to be two games at Yale Field, the game locations have been moved due to poor field conditions, related to recent weather. The Bulldogs (6-4) will play UConn on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.
On Wednesday, the Elis will face-off with Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. from the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. Live stats will not be available for the game, but live updates will be offered on the official Twitter page of Yale baseball (@YaleBaseball).
With an extended weekend away from the diamond due to several games with Holy Cross being postponed, the Elis will look to pick up where they left off in victories over Hartford and UMass-Lowell last week. Five Yale hitters currently boast batting averages over .340, in what is becoming a well-recognized, high-powered offense capable of scoring runs in large quantities.
Senior Eric Hsieh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) leads the Elis at the dish, as well as the rest of Division I baseball, with a .541 batting average (20-of-37), holding a sizable advantage over East Carolina's Luke Lowery (.509) for the country's lead.
Freshman Mason Kukowski (Katy, Texas) has been the standout pitching addition for the Bulldogs, going 2-0 in his first seven appearances and allowing only two earned runs in 10 innings out of the bullpen. His 1.80 ERA is fourth-best in the Ivy and he has quickly become Yale's most solid relief option this season.
The Bulldogs have won five of their last six games and will look to continue that trend this week, braving more cold temperatures, before beginning league play at Cornell and Princeton on Saturday and Sunday.
The Huskies are off to a 13-8 start this season under the direction of 12-year head coach, Jim Penders, and are recently coming off a split doubleheader with Seton Hall on Sunday.
UConn has traveled to Florida on several occasions this season, including a series against nationally-ranked Kennesaw State, when the Huskies won two out of three games. The schedule has also seen UConn take on Florida Atlantic, Florida International, and Siena, all series hosted in the Sunshine State.
Junior Vinny Siena leads the Huskies at the plate, currently hitting a team-best .370 (34-for-92) with 13 RBI and a team-high .522 slugging percentage. Junior Max McDowell and senior Blake Davey each have three home runs this season, also a team-high. Six hitters have recorded double-digit RBI totals to this point for the Huskies.
UConn's pitching has been dominant, combining for a team ERA of 2.54 and a 180-72 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 184 innings. Sophomore righty Andrew Zapata is the probable starter for the Huskies on Tuesday. Zapata is 0-0 in four appearances (two starts) this season with an 8.71 ERA (10 earned runs and 14 hits in 10.1 innings on the hill).
The Bobcats will play games against Saint Peter's on Monday and Central Connecticut on Tuesday before playing the Bulldogs, but Quinnipiac currently has a 3-13 record. From March 1st to March 18th, the Bobcats were riding an 11-game losing streak.
Part of the losing streak was two losses to No. 4 Vanderbilt, down in Nashville, Tenn. Quinnipiac lost a 1-0 game with Rhode Island on March 18, a team that the Bulldogs split a doubleheader with on March 15th.
As a team, Quinnipiac is hitting .211 at the plate, led by juniors Louis Iannotti and Mike Palladino, both with .274 batting averages. Palladino leads the Bobcats with eight RBI, while sophomore Matthew Batten has a team-high eight stolen bases.
The Bobcats' staff has a combined ERA of 6.05, surrendering 86 earned runs (100 total) in 128 innings. Sophomore righty Thomas Jankins (2-2) has won two of Quinnipiac's three games this season, posting a 4.15 ERA in 26 innings.
Hitting Streak: Green Campbell is currently riding a team-high six-game hitting streak, dating back to a two-hit game against George Mason on March 12th.
Racking Up K's: Four Bulldogs pitchers have 10 or more strikeouts this season, including Kukowski, who has 10 punch-outs in 10 innings of work. Lanham has 12, Ford has 11, and Moates has a team-high 13 in 14 innings on the mound.
Filed by Steve Lewis, Yale Sports Publicity