The Princeton baseball team struggled to respond to St. John’s early offensive production and ultimately fell 17-2 Wednesday evening in non-conference action in Queens, N.Y.
The Red Storm held a 16-5 hit differential, while two pivotal errors by the Tigers in the first displaced them for the remainder of the game.
Turning Point of the Game: Two errors by second baseman Danny Hoy along with a pair of hits allowed St. John’s to open a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
With a runner on, Hoy was unable to cleanly field a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on the corners. SJU then loaded the bases on a hit by pitch and fielder’s choice evolved into a second throwing error to score the Red Storm’s first of three runs.
From that point forward, Princeton’s catch up efforts went unrewarded and St. John’s added multi-run bursts down the stretch.
The Offense: Nate Baird was Princeton’s lone base runner to reach third over the first five frames, doing so twice in the third and fifth innings. After the Tigers were unable to capitalize early on, they managed to break up the Red Storm’s shutout two innings later. With one out, Baird and Alec Keller were dealt consecutive walks. Hoy followed with an RBI single to right field to score Baird from second and make it an 11-1 ball game. The ensuing batter Mike Ford hit in a double play to conclude the inning.
Batter of the Game: Princeton’s first run came off a Hoy’s fifth inning RBI single. With an out and runners on first and second, he got some height on the ball and it landed towards the right field line. It took a bounce towards the line in hopes of allowing the Tigers to earn extra bases, but did not have enough speed to get too far from the St. John’s outfielder.
Sub of the Game: Bobby Geren came replaced Alex Flink at third base in the bottom of the fifth inning. Geren finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, accounting for Princeton’s second run of the game. With two outs and runners on first and second, the infielder sailed a single to right field to send home Jonathan York.
On Deck: Princeton (11-22, 8-4 Ivy) will look to take over the Gehrig Division standings in a critical four-game series with first-place Columbia. The Tigers and Lions square off in a pair of doubleheaders from Apr. 20-21 at Clarke Field.