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Baseball Opens Gehrig Division Play with Four-Game Series at Penn

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/11/2013
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 Princeton (8-20, 5-3 Ivy) at Penn (19-11, 5-3 Ivy)
Game Info: Saturday, Apr. 12 - Sunday, Apr. 13
First pitch 12 noon
Location: Philadelphia, Penn.
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Game One: Princeton RHP Zak Hermans
(2-2, 1.78 ERA, 35.1 IP, 32 SO, 8 BB)

 

Penn RHP Connor Cuff
(4-2, 4.84 ERA, 35.1 IP, 28 SO, 13 BB)

Game Two:

Princeton RHP Kevin Link
(1-2, 5.25 ERA, 36.0 IP, 16 SO, 15 BB)

 

Penn RHP Jeff McGarry
(3-2, 3.86 ERA, 37.1 IP, 15 SO, 12 BB)

Game Three:

Princeton RHP Mike Ford
(3-0, 1.12 ERA, 40.0 IP, 22 SO, 9 BB)
  Penn RHP Dan Gautieri
(5-0, 1.38 ERA, 39.0 IP, 25 SO, 4 BB)

Game Four:

Princeton TBD
  Penn RHP Pat Bet
(1-2, 3.16 ERA, 31.1 IP, 17 SO, 13 BB)
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The Princeton baseball team will look to take control of the divisional standings as the squad opens Gehrig Division play at Penn this weekend. The Tigers (8-20, 5-3 Ivy) and Quakers (19-11, 5-3 Ivy) are in a three-way tie for second place and will faceoff in a four-game series spanning Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia.

Last Time Out: In a game of offensive bursts, it was the Tigers that managed to outlast Monmouth, 9-7, on Apr. 10 in midweek non-conference play. Danny Hoy led the 16-hit offense with four hits, including his second career home run and two doubles, five RBI and two runs.

On the defensive end, reliever Michael Fagan tossed a hitless and scoreless eighth inning to earn the win and closer Danny Thomson picked up his first save with a two-strikeout ninth.

On Deck: Princeton will travel to St. John’s for a 6 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 17, before resuming conference play at home with Columbia from Apr. 20-21.

A Look at the Gehrig Division: While no team in the Rolfe Division sits above .500, the Gehrig Division has a three-way tie for second place. Columbia is in first place at 6-2, while Cornell, Penn and Princeton are at 5-3. The Tigers face Columbia at home next weekend, before concluding the regular season with a home-away series with Cornell.

Road Swing: Princeton has played its last six games on the road, going 3-3. The road swing extends to next week, tallying 11 consecutive games away from Clarke Field before the Columbia series on Apr. 20-21.

Ford Earns First Career Player of the Week: Junior Mike Ford was recognized for his contributions at the plate and on the mound last week, earning his first career Ivy Player of the Week honor.

Over five games he was 9-for-19 with a .474 batting average, tallying three multi-hit games. He hit two home runs at Harvard on Apr. 7, including his second career grand slam, to record eight RBI and six runs last week. Ford also tallied two doubles and three walks, bringing his on-base percentage to .545 and slugging percentage to 1.000.

The righty improved to 3-0 behind a seven-inning complete game performance versus the Crimson. He matched a career-high with seven strikeouts, while scattering four hits and no earned runs for a perfect 0.00 ERA in the 13-1 victory.

Scouting Penn: Penn (19-11, 5-3 Ivy) enters this weekend after series splits on the road with Brown and Yale, before defeating La Salle, 5-3, on Apr. 10. Four Quakers are hitting above .300, with Ryan Deitrich’s .456 (47-for-103) pacing the squad. Michael Vilardo has team-bests in doubles (16) and RBI (26) and as a team Penn is 51-for-62 in stolen base attempts.

Defensively, Penn will see its top four pitchers take the mound over the weekend. Game four starter Dan Gautieri is the Quakers’ top hurler at 5-0. He sports a 1.38 ERA over 39 innings, while game one starter Connor Cuff has a team-high 28 strikeouts.

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