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BASEBALL WEEKEND PREVIEW: Yale Bulldogs

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UVa Baseball welcomes Yale to town for the final out of conference weekend series

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Every now and then, a game happens that turns a season. Now UVa was 5-2 entering their weekday matchup against William and Mary, so the season was fine, but that game could bring the team together and show them they have something special.

Only time will tell.

This weekend, Yale comes to town for the final out of conference weekend series.

The series between the two dates back to 1893 and Yale owns a 43-24-3 record. However, the Cavaliers have won seven of the last eight matchups, including a two game series sweep in 2013.

This year, Yale will be coming into Charlottesville having only played four games on the season. Last weekend in North Carolina, the Bulldogs went 0-4, but included two single run losses to Miami of Ohio. Even though their 0-4 record isn’t great, they were projected to win the Ivy League by d1baseball after they won it last year with a 16-14 record in conference play.

On the mound the bulldogs struggled last weekend putting together a 3.98 team ERA, but struck out 36 and only walked 11 in 39.2 innings. Junior lefty Kumar Nambiar paced the Bulldogs only giving up two runs on four hits in seven innings last weekend.

While Yale struggled on the mound, it was even rougher at the plate. After four games, they’re only batting .176 as a team and will feature only one player batting over .300.

Like most of the opponents UVa has faced up to this point, they should overmatch Yale from a talent standpoint which should lead to a series sweep. Above all else though, UVa will look for Daniel Lynch to bounce back on Saturday after struggling through his first two starts. The Hoos will certainly need the 3rd year if UVa is going to be ultra successful this season.