BATON ROUGE, La. (3/6/11) - The Princeton baseball team picked up its first win of the year on Sunday afternoon in the series finale of a three-game set at seventh-ranked LSU. Nate Baird had two hits and drove in a team-high three runs in the win.
Princeton's eight runs came on nine hits as the Tigers outhit LSU after dropping the first two games of the series. Johns Mishu was the only other Tiger with multiple hits in the game while Mike Ford added two RBIs.
Princeton built a big lead in the game, scoring a run in the third and three in the fifth and sixth before LSU made a game of it with a six-run eighth. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third when Baird singled home Bobby Geren.
Two innings later Princeton went ahead with three runs in the fourth all coming after two outs. Baird got the first run when an error on an infield single allowed him to come around and Ford doubled.
Princeton added another three runs in the sixth inning to go up 6-1. Baird drove in the first two runs with a single to left that fell just in front of LSU's diving left fielder. Mishu then plated Baird when he singled through the right side.
LSU closed the gap in its eighth but an inning ending groundout ended the inning and after a leadoff walk in the ninth, David Palms got the next three batters in order, including a strikeout looking to end the game and give Princeton the win.
Zak Hermans got the win after four solid innings as he surrendered one unearned run on three hits and fanned four. Michael Fagan surrendered five runs in three and a third of relief and Palms got the save.
Princeton is now 1-2 overall as it handed LSU its first loss of the season after 11 straight wins. The win was Princeton's first over a Top 10 team since the Tigers defeated Virginia 4-2 in the opening game of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Virginia was ranked eighth at the time.
Princeton opens the Spring Break trip next weekend at VCU and will face both Holy Cross and VCU while there.