Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Brown
After opening the day in dominating fashion with an 8-0 shutout, the Princeton baseball team was unable to find its offensive stride early enough and dropped a 13-6 decision to split twinbill action at Brown Sunday.
John Mishu led the Tiger offense going 5-for-9, with five RBI and four runs on the day.
The Tigers (12-12, 6-2 Ivy) took control of game one in the top of the first and never looked back. Aggressive hitting and a sound seven-inning performance from pitcher Matt Bowman shutdown the Bears in Princeton's 8-0 victory.
Princeton capitalized on a pair of Brown errors to score seven runs on five hits in the opening frame. Following a Bear error and with the bases loaded, Mike Ford hit a two RBI single to center field. John Mishu quickly added three more Tiger runs with his third home run of the season and two batters later Jonathan York went yard with a two-run homer.
After four scoreless innings, Mishu led the fifth off with an infield single and stole second. The Tiger outfielder then advanced on a Brown error before being sent home on a York RBI single through the left side to improve Princeton's lead to 8-0.
On the mound, Bowman (3-2) retired 12 batters in his first shutout of the season.
In the game, Princeton held the hitting advantage 11-6. Nate Baird, Alec Keller Mishu and York each had a pair of hits in the game, with Mishu and York tallying three RBI apiece.
The Bears responded to their game one shutout loss by jumping out quickly with five runs over the second and third innings. From that point forward Brown controlled the game and forced the Tigers to unsuccessfully play catch up, handing Princeton a 13-6 loss.
Brown added eight runs between the fifth and seventh frames, before the Tiger offense managed to score a run of their own. In the top of the eighth, Ford hit a sacrifice fly to left field to break up the Bears' shutout. After two consecutive walks, Ryan Albert hit a three-run home run over the center field wall to make it a 13-4 ballgame.
The following inning, Mishu, who went 3-for-5, hit a one out two-run homer to right center. Mishu's second home run of the day marked Princeton's final runs of the game.
The Tigers return home to host Seton Hall on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m., prior to resuming Ivy action with a four-game series versus Penn from April 14-15.