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Palms Blanks Penn in Sunday's Baseball Opener; Princeton and Penn Split Doubleheader

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/19/2009
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David Palms blanked Penn in the first game on Sunday.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Princeton and Penn baseball teams each got one great start on Sunday as they split a doubleheader with each team earning one shutout. Sophomore David Palms pitched seven shutout innings and scattered three hits to lead Princeton to a 5-0 win in the first game, while Penn took the nightcap 4-0.

Game 1
Box Score

Sophomore David Palms pitched seven shutout innings and scattered three hits to lead Princeton to a 5-0 shutout of Penn in Sunday’s first game. The win was Palms’ third straight as he lowered his team’s best ERA to 2.74.

Palms pitched around hits in the first two innings before the Tigers gave him a 1-0 lead to work with in the third inning. With two outs, senior Derek Beckman reached second base on a dropped fly ball in right field and scored when senior Dan DeGeorge drove him in with a single.

Penn then had its third batter of the bottom half of the inning reach base with a hit, but would not have another base runner until the bottom of the seventh when Palms walked a pair. He set down 10 Quakers in a row at one point.

Meanwhile the Tigers built on their lead with three runs in the sixth inning thanks to junior Brian Berkowitz’s fourth home run of the season, which tied three of his teammates for the team lead in longballs. DeGeorge singled and sophomore Greg Van Horn was hit by a pitch to set things up for Berkowitz. Princeton added a fifth run in the seventh when senior Adrian Turnham singled and scored on a double-play ball.

DeGeorge’s two-hit game marked his team-leading 13th multiple-hit game of the season and his fourth in a row. For Princeton the shutout was its second of the season. It was also Princeton’s seventh-straight win, marking the first time since the 2006 season.

Game 2
Box Score

Sunday’s second game saw another tremendous pitching performance, but this time from Penn’s starter Chris McNulty. The Quaker pitcher scattered six hits and struck out seven as he blanked the Tigers 4-0.

All four runs came in the fifth inning as Penn scored four runs on five hits. Jeremy Maas drove in the first run with a double James Mraz, Tom Grandieri and Dan Williams each singled in runs.

Princeton junior starter Langford Stuber allowed just one hit leading up to that fifth inning, but was tagged for all four runs as he took the loss. Freshman Ryan Makis and sophomore Matt Granowski pitched in relief.

Princeton had six hits in the loss but was never able to get a runner past second base.

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The split moved Princeton to 16-16 overall and 8-8 in the Ivy League. Princeton took three of four games from Penn over the weekend marking the first time since the 2003 season that a team has won the season series. The last five seasons the teams split their series. The Tigers are now tied atop the Gehrig Division standings with Cornell, which also won three times this weekend. The pair meets in a home-and-home series next weekend beginning on Friday at Clarke Field. Princeton has a non-league game at St. John's on Tuesday night.

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