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First Place on the Line, Time Change vs. Columbia This Weekend

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/19/2013
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 Princeton (11-22, 8-4 Ivy) vs. Columbia (17-16, 9-3 Ivy)
Game Info:

Saturday, Apr. 20 • First pitch 1 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 21 • First pitch 12 noon

Location: Clarke Field • Princeton, N.J.
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Game One: Princeton RHP Zak Hermans
(3-2, 1.91 ERA, 42.1 IP, 44 SO, 9 BB)


Columbia LHP David Speer
(4-2, 2.00 ERA, 45.0 IP, 39 SO, 13 BB)

Game Two:

Princeton RHP Kevin Link
(1-3, 6.39 ERA, 38.0 IP, 16 SO, 16 BB)


Columbia RHP Joey Donino
(4-0, 3.34 ERA, 32.1 IP, 38 SO, 12 BB)

Game Three:

Princeton RHP Mike Ford
(4-0, 1.15 ERA, 47.0 IP, 26 SO, 11 BB)
  Columbia RHP Tim Giel
(2-2, 3.13 ERA, 46.0 IP, 33 SO, 7 BB)

Game Four:

Princeton RHP Cameron Mingo
(0-3, 3.22 ERA, 36.1 IP, 27 SO, 11 BB)
  Columbia RHP Adam Cline
(3-3, 4.29 ERA, 35.2 IP, 39 SO, 9 BB)
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With first place on the line in the Gehrig Division, the Princeton baseball team will host Columbia in a pivotal four-game series this weekend at Clarke Field. The series opens on Saturday, Apr. 20 with an adjusted first pitch time of 1 p.m. The Tigers (11-22, 8-4 Ivy) and Lions (17-16, 9-4 Ivy) close out the weekend the next day with first pitch at 12 noon.

Last Time Out: The Tigers struggled to respond to St. John’s early offensive production and ultimately fell 17-2 on Apr. 17. The Red Storm held a 16-5 hit differential, while two pivotal errors by the Tigers in the first displaced them for the remainder of the game. Danny Hoy and Bobby Geren both hit RBI singles to score Princeton’s pair of runs.

On Deck: Princeton concludes its non-conference midweek action with Rider on Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at Clarke Field. The Tigers close out the regular season with a home-away series with Cornell over the weekend.

Hermans Named Ivy Pitcher of the Week: Following his third complete game victory, Princeton baseball senior Zak Hermans was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. The righty is the second Tiger honored in as many weeks and first hurler.

Hermans set the tone in Princeton’s series victory at Penn with his opening 7-2 win on Apr. 13. Over seven innings, he tallied a season-high 12 strikeouts over 27 batters faced. Hermans commanded the defense, limiting the Quakers to two runs, a walk and scattered five hits.

Flashback to the Penn Series: Princeton went 3-1 at Penn last weekend, opening the series with a 7-2 victory behind a complete game performance from pitcher Zak Hermans. A ninth inning rally was not enough in game two, as the Quakers split the day with an 8-7 win.

The Tigers closed out the series with a sweep on Apr. 14, again commanding game one with a 7-1 victory behind Mike Ford’s complete game. He retired Penn’s first 12 batters and gave up only two hits. The series finale proved to be a roller coaster, as Princeton held a 6-3 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, things unraveled and the Quakers tied things up to force extra innings. A two-out Alec Keller home run would be enough to propel Princeton to a 7-6 victory.

Divisional Standings: The Tigers (8-4) are one game behind first-place Columbia (9-3) in the Gehrig Division following their 3-1 weekend at Penn. After entering the weekend in a three-way tie for second with Cornell and Penn, Princeton now sits in sole possession of second.

Pitching Success:
Mike Ford: Improved to 3-0 with complete game 7-1 victory on Apr. 14. He owns team-best 1.15 ERA over team-high 47 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .192 against the junior righty.

Zak Hermans: Earned his third straight complete game win to open series at Penn, 7-2, on Apr. 13. He has thrown a team-high 44 strikeouts spanning 42.1 innings. In Ivy play, he has 1.29 ERA, struck out 21 and batters are hitting .173 against.

Scouting Columbia: Columbia (17-16, 9-3 Ivy) enters this weekend following its 3-1 series versus Cornell to hold a one-game lead in the divisional standings. Alex Black serves as the Lions leading batter with a .306 average (34-for-111). He has a team-high five homers, while Nick Ferraresi has knocked in a team-leading 20 RBI.

Columbia will toss its three top pitchers versus the Tigers. Game one starter David Speer has a team-best 2.00 ERA and 4-2 record. Both Speer and game four starter Adam Cline have thrown a team-high 39 strikeouts

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