Solid Pitching Headlines Baseball's Sweep over Harvard
Behind solid pitching in both games, the Princeton baseball team swept Harvard Sunday afternoon at Clarke Field. Matt Bowman threw nine strikeouts to guide the Tigers to a 4-1 game one victory and Princeton concluded the afternoon with a 12-6 win over the Crimson. With the sweep, the Tigers improve to 9-10 overall, 3-1 Ivy League.
On the day, Sam Mulroy went 4-for-6, with three runs and an RBI, and Alec Keller had four hits, two RBI, a run and a walk to lead the offense.
Bowman was lights out over his seven-inning game one outing. Over the first four frames Harvard only had one hit, while the junior struck out eight during that span. Bowman would allow six hits, giving up one run in the top of the seventh. He retired nine batters in the game, establishing a new career-high.
After three scoreless innings, Bowman received run support in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Mike Ford, John Mishu and Nate Baird loaded the bases with consecutive walks and Ford would score on a wild pitch during Jonathan York's ensuing at bat. Blake Thomsen and Alex Flink followed and both were walked, sending home the Tigers second run on five walks. Following a Harvard pitching change, Keller earned Princeton's first hit of the contest with an RBI single up the middle to make it a 3-0 game.
Two innings later, Flink hit a sacrifice fly to center field to add the Tigers' fourth run of the game.
In the seventh, Harvard's Jon Smart hit a two out RBI single to right field to break up Bowman's shutout and make it a 4-1 game.
Game two saw a back-and-forth battle for control until the Tigers jumped out for good in sixth inning. Harvard made it a 1-0 game in the top of the second, before Princeton responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Ford hit an RBI double and Steve Harrington hit an RBI infield single to give the Tigers a one-run advantage, 2-1.
The Crimson evened the game with a lone run in the third, before Princeton put together another multi-run inning. Behind a pair of singles and a walk, the Tigers loaded the bases to open the inning. Princeton capitalized on its bases loaded situation, scoring for the second time off a wild pitch. Keller followed with an RBI single to right field and Bowman added a third run with a sacrifice fly to center field to make it a 5-2 game.
Following another Harvard solo run in the fifth, Princeton employed an offensive burst in the sixth. Bowman, Ford and Mulroy each had RBI singles and Harrington tripled to centerfield to send home a pair of runs and improve the Tigers' lead to 10-3. Harrington went 3-for-5, with three RBI and a run in the game.
A two-run Tyler Servais home run over the right field fence in the eighth capped off Princeton's scoring in the game.
Junior starting pitcher Kevin Link went 7.0 innings, throwing three strikeouts and scattering nine hits.
Relief pitcher Michael Fagan pitched the final two innings for the Tigers. In the ninth, Harvard worked to cut down Princeton's advantage and attempted a comeback. With runners on first and second, Ethan Ferreira hit a one out three-run home run to left field. Following Ferreira's long ball, Fagan quickly got out of the inning with a ground out and pop out.
Princeton will hit the road for a five-game road swing, beginning on Tuesday, April 3 at Rutgers. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J.