After a cancellation of its first season game at Yale Field against Central Connecticut State on Tuesday due to a winter storm, the baseball team will start its season this weekend against Wagner and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Baltimore, Md., kicking off a busy spring break schedule.
Afterward, the team will face Davidson, Richmond, Towson and Holy Cross. The Elis will play 12 games in 13 days over break before heading back to New Haven to face the University of Connecticut in the home opener on March 25.
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Last season, the Elis finished 9-10-1 in the Ivy League and 20-24-1 overall. This record put them at second in the Rolfe Division, behind Dartmouth, which finished 15-5 in the league. Columbia defeated Dartmouth two games to one in the championship series to take the Ivy League crown. Brown (9-11) and Harvard (8-12) finished in third and fourth places respectively in the Rolfe conference while Princeton (11-9), Penn (6-13-1) and Cornell (6-14) rounded out the standings in the Gehrig Division.
Dartmouth is the preseason favorite with many of its big-name players returning, but captain Stefan Schropp ’09 said the playing field will be more even this year with good teams from last year losing talent, while the teams that needed to be built have done so. In addition, he said he feels this year’s team is more motivated.
“We’re playing a lot more aggressive baseball this year,” Schropp said. “I think this was something lacking from our mentality last year.”
The team will be riding on the pitching of Brandon Josselyn ’09, a prospect in next year’s MLB draft, as well as Vinny Lally ’11 and Chris Finneran ’10.
“Everything’s just kind of pent up, ready to go,” Schropp said. “A lot of young kids are going to contribute a lot this year. Confidence has never been higher going into a season, and I’m feeling really good.”