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Baseball Team Splits Doubleheader With Dartmouth
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 04/04/2010
PRINCETON (4/4/10) - The Princeton baseball team split its Ivy League doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with Dartmouth, earning a split on the opening weekend of league competition. Princeton won the opener 2-0 before Dartmouth rallied for an extra innings win in the nightcap on Sunday afternoon at Clarke Field.

Game 1 (Box Score

Brian Berkowitz and Zak Hermans led Princeton in the opening game as Berkowitz provided three extra-base hits, including a home run, and Hermans tossed six shutout innings in a 2-0 Princeton shutout.

Berkowitz was Princeton's offensive spark at the plate, doubling in the second inning, hitting a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning and doubling in the sixth inning. Matt Connor came on to pinch-run for Berkowitz after the double and scored Princeton's second run when Jon Broscious singled. Princeton had a total of eight hits in the game and only Berkowitz had more than one.

On the mound, Hermans scattered four hits in six-plus innings to earn his first collegiate win. He also struck out six and walked one in the winning effort. Matt Bowman came on in the seventh win one aboard and retired the side for the save.

Game 2 (Box Score)

Princeton and Dartmouth went back-and-forth in nightcap in a game that saw four-lead changes. Princeton led 4-3 entering the ninth but Dartmouth's Chris O'Dowd hit a solo homer in the ninth to tie the game and then doubled home Brett Gardner in the 10th to lead the Big Green to the win.

Princeton went ahead 1-0 in the first when Sam Mulroy's ground ball plated Mulroy. The Big Green answered with a run in the top of the second, but Alex Flink led off the second with a solo home run to give Princeton the 2-1 lead. Dartmouth answered with two runs in the third on Jim Wren's single and then held a 3-2 lead until the seventh inning.

In the seventh, the Tigers plated two runs as Bowman and Mulroy reached base before a Berkowitz drive to the gap in left center plated both runs. Princeton then held the one-run advantage until the ninth when O'Dowd and the Big Green rallied for the tie and win.

Starter Langford Stuber allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Ryan Makis pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up the O'Dowd homer to lead off the ninth. Bowman would enter game in relief and wound up on the long end of the decision. Cole Sulser got the win in relief for Dartmouth and Ryan Smith earned the save.

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Princeton is now 7-15 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. Princeton sits a game behind both Columbia and Penn in the Gehrig Division standings after one weekend of league play. The Tigers visit Rutgers on Tuesday in non-league action.

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