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Baseball Heads to Georgetown, Series Adjusted Due to Inclement Weather

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/14/2013
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 Princeton (1-7) at Georgetown (9-6)
  Game Info:
Friday, Mar. 15 & Sunday, Mar. 17
  Location:
Washington, D.C.
Game Notes:
Princeton at Georgetown
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Game One:
Princeton RHP Zak Hermans
(0-1, 3.48 ERA, 10.1 IP, 5 BB, 11 SO)
Friday, Mar. 15 •
1 p.m.
Georgetown RHP Jack Vander Linden
(1-0, 3.80 ERA, 21.1 IP, 8 BB, 17 SO)
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Game Two: Princeton LHP Michael Fagan
(0-3, 4.34 ERA, 18.2 IP, 10 BB, 16 SO)
 Friday, Mar. 15 •
3 p.m.
Georgetwon LHP Matt Hollenbeck
(0-3, 4.34 ERA, 18.2 IP, 10 BB, 16 SO)
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Game Three: Princeton RHP Mike Ford
(0-0, 0.90 ERA, 10.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO)
Sunday, Mar. 17 •
1 p.m.
Georgetown LHP Thomas Polus
(1-1, 4.82 ERA, 18.2 IP, 8 BB, 13 SO)
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This Week for the Tigers:  The Princeton baseball team (1-7) opens its 10-game spring break trip with a three-game weekend series at Georgetown (9-6). Due to impending inclement weather the series has been adjusted, opening on Friday, Mar. 15 with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, Mar. 17 at 1 p.m. 

Last Time Out: The Tigers went 1-3 at Stetson from Mar. 8-10. All three losses were by one run, including a 7-6 12-inning defeat to open the series. Princeton did earn its first win of the year, 2-1, behind seven scoreless Kevin Link innings a 4-for-4 game-winning RBI performance from Alex Flink.

On Deck: Princeton travels to the state of North Carolina for three midweek games at North Carolina, Elon and UNC-Greensboro on Mar. 19-20.

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Scouting Georgetown: Georgetown (9-6) enters this weekend's series following its 7-4 midweek victory over UMBC. The Hoyas opened their season on Feb. 15 and have played 15 games already.

Georgetown's offense is powered by Justin Leeson and Danny Polawski. Leeson leads the team with a .404 batting average (23-for-57), while Poplawski is hitting .328 (19-for-58) and has a team-best eight doubles.

The Hoyas have employed 13 pitchers, relying on Friday starter Jack Vander Linden (1-0) for the majority of their innings. Over 21.1 innings, he has a 3.80 ERA and tossed 17 strikeouts and eight walks.

Foote Earns First Career Win: Left-handed pitcher Tyler Foote earned his first career win in Princeton's 2-1 victory over Stetson on Mar. 8. The sophomore allowed one run on one hit, while striking out a batter.

A Look at the Hurlers:
Zak Hermans has a team-high 11 strikeouts over 10.1 innings.
• Freshman Cameron Mingo leads the newcomers with 6.0 innings and six strikeouts.
Mike Ford leads the rotation with a team-best 0.90 ERA.

Flink's on Fire: Senior infielder Alex Flink went a perfect 4-for-4 on Mar. 9 at Stetson to help guide the Tigers to their first win of 2013, 2-1. He hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth.

Finding Their Way: Last weekend's series at Stetson showed the progression of the Tiger offense, only being outscored 17-15. Princeton lost three of the four games by only one run, including playing their first extra frame game of the year.

Road Warriors: Princeton will play its first 18 games on the road before its home opener versus Yale on Saturday, Mar. 30.

Extra Innings: Princeton played in its first extra inning game of the year at Stetson on Mar. 8. After three scoreless frames, the Tigers took a 3-0 fifth inning lead. Stetson would tie things up in the seventh, 3-3, and again in the ninth, 4-4. Princeton scored a pair of runs in the 11th, but the Hatters managed to add three of their own in the 11th and 12th innings to edge past the Tigers, 7-6.

2013 Outlook:
• Princeton boasts one of its deepest rosters in 2013 with 32 players.
• The Tigers return six field starters from a year ago, along with three starting pitchers.
• Including the three starting pitchers returning, the Tigers welcome back 11 hurlers.
• Princeton welcomes eight newcomers in 2013. The addition of three pitchers and five field players will look to bolster the lineup.
• The Tigers lost five letterwinners from a year ago, including a pair of starters in shortstop/RHP junior Matt Bowman and catcher/utility senior Sam Mulroy. The duo was both drafted last spring by the Mets and Angels, respectively.

2012 All-Ivy: Six Tigers earned All-Ivy League honors in 2012 wiht Ivy Pitcher of the Year Zak Hermans leading the way. Hermans, Sam Mulroy and Alec Keller were named to the first team, while Mike Ford was tabbed to the second team. Matt Bowman earned honorable mention accolades at both pitcher and shortstop, along with outfielder Steve Harrington.

Princeton returns four All-Ivy selections in 2013.

 

 

 

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