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Baseball Splits ILCS Doubleheader with Dartmouth; Decisive Game on Sunday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/07/2011
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Sam Mulroy congratulates pitcher A.J. Goetz at the end of the first game.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
PRINCETON (5/7/11) - Princeton and Dartmouth split the opening day of the 2011 Ivy League Championship Series at Clarke Field. Princeton won the opening game 9-2 but fell in the nightcap 5-4 as Dartmouth rallied for the win. The split sets up a decisive third game on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. between the two division champions.

Game 1 (Box Score)

Princeton scored eight runs over its final three at-bats to earn a 9-2 win in the opening game of the day. Mike Ford turned in another stellar outing on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits through six innings as he held Dartmouth at bay until the Tigers bats came alive over the late innings.

Princeton took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Sam Mulroy hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season to lead off the inning. Dartmouth scratched across single runs in the fourth and sixth, but Princeton answered in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead.

In the sixth, Princeton drew even when Mulroy lined out to left to plate John Mishu and took a 3-2 lead on Jonathan York's double to left center. Princeton added tow more runs in the seventh on a two-run homer from Nate Baird who made his first appearance in three weeks since an injury at Harvard.

Princeton padded its lead with four runs in the eighth. Princeton began the inning with four straight hits as a double from Mulroy and a single from Alex Flink plated runs. Tom Boggiano and Matt Bowman also had RBI-singles in the inning. Ford led all Tigers three hits and Mulroy had a team-high three RBIs.

Ford improved to 5-3 with the win. A.J. Goetz surrendered a hit in an inning of relief. Kyle Hunter pitched eight innings for Dartmouth, allowing nine runs on 15 hits.

Game 2 (Box Score)

Princeton seemed to carry momentum from the Game 1 win into the second game as the Tigers scored twice in both the first and second innings to grab a 4-0 lead that they would take into the seventh inning.

In the first Alec Keller hit a leadoff single and would come around to score when Ford hit a homer to left center. An inning later Bobby Geren plated a run with a sac fly and Bowman singled in a run.

From then on it was all about the pitching as Princeton starter Zak Hermans held Dartmouth to a single hit through six full innings. Dartmouth's Kyle Hendricks also settled in and would keep Princeton off the scoreboard over the remaining six innings of his outing.

Dartmouth broke through in seventh with two runs on a homer from Jeff Onstott. Both runs were unearned as Chris O'Dowd had previously reached on a dropped ball in the outfield.

Dartmouth completed its come back in the eighth inning, scoring three runs on three hits all with two outs. Sam Bean doubled in a run off of reliever David Palms and Jason Brooks hit a two-run double to the corner in left to plate the tying and go-ahead runs off of reliever Matt Grabowski.

Hendricks allowed four runs on nine hits in eight innings for the win. Ryan Smith got the save, while Palms took the loss for the Tigers. Hermans went 7.2 innings and allowed a single earned run on five hits.

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Princeton is now 22-22 overall while Dartmouth moved to 30-11. The teams play in the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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