Following Marathon Opener, Baseball Earns Split In Final Ivy Doubleheader
The final day of the 2014 Ivy League season may have felt like an entire season in itself, but at least it ended on a positive note. After falling 4-2 in a 14-inning thriller on Clarke Field, the Princeton baseball team used a four-run outburst in the sixth inning to earn a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.
Senior Michael Fagan got everything he could have asked for out of his final collegiate start, except for a victory. The lefthander from San Diego, Calif., struck out 11 batters over nine innings — when he started the seven-inning opener — and scattered five hits while allowing only one earned run, but limited run support left him as a spectator as Cornell scored twice in the top of the 14th inning for a 4-2 win.
A walk and a single put two Cornell runners on base in the top of the 14th inning, and they both scored in unusual fashion. A balk brought home the first runner and sent the second to third base, and he scored on a failed pickoff attempt.
Princeton put its first two batters on in the bottom of the inning, but Cornell got the next three in order to win a game in twice as many innings as the teams were scheduled to play.
Cornell nearly ended it in the top of the 12th inning when designated hitter Ryan Karl launched a home run over the right field fence, but Peter Owens drove in Brett Geren in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single to continue the game.
A two-run triple by Jonathan York and a pair of RBI singles helped Princeton post four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and strong pitching helped the Tigers hold off Cornell for a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
Princeton trailed 3-1 entering the inning, but a two-out RBI single by Tyler Servais scored Paul Tupper to get the Tigers within one run. Pinch hitter Will Davis struck out, but he reached first on a wild pitch. That allowed York an opportunity to put Princeton in front, and the senior took it. He tripled to right center to score both runners and open the lead.
Luke Strieber picked up the win for Princeton, striking out seven batters over six innings and allowing only three earned runs.
Princeton will complete its season Tuesday night at St. John's; the game will be shown live on ESPN3.