Princeton Baseball Rallies For Split In Opening Doubleheader Against Penn
Princeton rallied from an early 3-0 deficit in the second game to earn a 6-4 victory in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with Penn. Penn used a terrific pitching performance to win the opener 2-0.
The teams will meet again Sunday, starting at noon. Both games will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Princeton freshman starter Chad Powers was terrific in the opener against Penn, but he just happened to face somebody who was just a little better. Penn starter Connor Cuff was brilliant, scattering four hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks in a 2-0 victory.
Powers allowed two runs, although only one was earned, in a complete game loss. He struck out four batters and allowed four hits, though the final was a solo blast over the leftfield fence by Austin Bossart that added an insurance run in the final inning.
Danny Baer, Zack Belski, Tyler Sevais and Billy Arendt each had a hit for Princeton, though none came in the first three innings. Both Baer and Belski were stranded in the fourth inning, while Servais opened the fifth with a double down the leftfield line. Pinch runner Peter Owens was sacrificed to third, but he was thrown out at home on a ground ball to third base to end the rally.
If Princeton hoped to get off to a quick start after the opening-game shutout, it got the exact opposite in a 3-0 deficit after half an inning. As the Tigers did in the nightcap against Harvard Wednesday, they fought back and took control late for a 6-4 win.
The Tigers cut into the deficit when Danny Hoy scored an unearned run in the fourth inning, and they tied the score in the sixth, thanks to an RBI triple by Alec Keller and an RBI single by Belski.
Princeton finally took the lead in the eighth inning despite having the bases empty with two outs. Belski walked, and he gave Princeton the lead on an RBI double by Owens. Following another walk, Chad Powers drove a two-run double to left centerfield to open a 6-3 lead. Penn scored one in the ninth and got the tying run to the plate, but closer Jonathan York got a flyout to centerfield to clinch the win.
Keelan Smithers settled after the rocky first inning and kept Penn off the scoreboard for the next seven innings. He struck out five and allowed only six hits to pick up his second win of the season.