Hot-swinging Elis finally at home

After 25 consecutive games on the road, Yale baseball will finally have its home opener this weekend.

Two doubleheaders are on tap for the Bulldogs (9-15-1, 2-1 Ivy). Princeton (10-12, 2-2) comes to New Haven for two games on Saturday, followed by Cornell (6-10, 0-2) on Sunday.

The Elis will be coming off a 19-13 slugfest against in-state rival Quinnipiac (5-11) on Wednesday afternoon. The offensive explosion was led by Ryan Lavarnway’s ’09 three hits, including his 12th homerun, and Davis Stanley’s ’09 five hits and first two collegiate homeruns.

Josh Cox ’08 also goes into the weekend swinging a hot bat. The center fielder has an 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .396 on the season — second on the team to Lavarnway’s .432 batting average.

Princeton was last on the diamond Wednesday afternoon at Monmouth, losing 11-8.

Third baseman Spencer Lucian leads Princeton and sits atop all Ivy Leaguers in hitting with an impressive .462 batting average. David Hale has been the team’s best on the mound. The Marietta, Ga., native is tied for the team lead with two wins and is first on the Tigers with an impressive 3.25 ERA.

Cornell will stop at Brown (8-12, 1-3) before heading to New Haven to play on Sunday.

The Big Red are led on offense by third baseman Nathan Ford. The junior leads the team with a .424 batting average and 16 RBI.

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