Baseball Splits with Cornell to Conclude 2012 Season
The Princeton baseball team concluded the 2012 season with a split versus Cornell Sunday at Clarke Field. After defeating the Big Red 6-0 in game one, Cornell outlasted the Tigers, 4-3, in 12 innings to win the Gehrig Division to advance to the Ivy League Championship Series.
Matt Bowman threw 11 strikeouts in game one of Sunday's twinbill en route to his second shutout victory on the year, 6-0. The junior pitcher allowed only two hits in 25 batters faced.
It was a pitchers' duel through 3.5 innings, until Princeton broke up the scoreless draw in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second, freshman Tyler Servais hit an RBI single to score what would be the game-winner. Blake Thomsen followed with a two-RBI double to center field and Tom Boggiano made it a 4-0 game with an RBI single center field.
Princeton added to its lead in the fifth off a Steve Harrington, who went 2-for-2, two-RBI double to left center to make it a 6-0 game.
After Princeton went 3-0 versus Cornell leading up the series finale, it was the Big Red's Ben Swinford who hit the game-winner in the 12th inning to edge Cornell past the Tigers 4-3.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off a John Mishu solo homer to right field and Princeton preserved its lead until the fifth inning, as Cornell evened the score off an RBI single.
In the sixth, Bowman hit a one-out triple to center field and scored on a Mike Ford RBI single up the middle to make it a 2-1 game in favor of Princeton.
Cornell took the lead for the first time in the game in the following frame, off a two-run Big Red home run.
Harrington evened the score in the ninth with an RBI bunt single. Pinch runner Peter Owens was on first and was advanced to third on the play. A throwing error by the Big Red's first basemen allowed Owens to score the tying run.
After two scoreless extra frames, Swinford hit the game-winning knock over the left field fence to end the Tigers' season in the top of the 12th.