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Seventh Inning Rally Helps Baseball Team to Sweep of Yale in Ivy Doubleheader

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/03/2011
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The Princeton dugout celebrates following Sam Mulroy's bases clearing triple.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
PRINCETON (4/3/11) - The Princeton baseball team completed an opening weekend Ivy League sweep with two wins over Yale on Sunday at Clarke Field. Princeton used Mike Ford's complete game for a 7-1 win in the opener and rallied with a five-run seventh to take the nightcap 6-3.

Princeton won the first game in similar fashion to both wins on Saturday by taking an early lead and getting a solid start on the mound. Princeton also received good pitching in the second game on Sunday, but needed to rally after Yale scored a few unearned runs to lead in the early innings.

Game 1 (Box Score)

Princeton scored five runs over the first three innings to build its lead in the opening game. It was the third time over the weekend that Princeton scored in the opening inning and went ahead 2-0 by taking advantage of a Yale error in the field.

With an out, Matt Bowman walked. He stole second and later scored when Sam Mulroy reached on an error. Mulroy got to second on the two-base error and cane home when Ford helped his own cause by doubling to the left field. Princeton added three more runs in the third inning as Alex Flink and Steve Harrington singled in runs and Jonathan York plated the final run with a sac fly.

Princeton added an additional two runs in the sixth when Mulroy hit his fifth home run of the season. The homer came after John Mishu reached on an error and it gave Princeton a 7-0 lead.

Yale scratched across a run in the seventh, but Ford got the final two outs to secure his first college win. He scattered six hits and fanned five over seven innings to go the distance and win the opening game.

Game 2 (Box Score)

Mulroy had the big hit as Princeton came from behind to defeat Yale in Sunday's second game. With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Mulroy tripled to the gap in right center to drive in all three runners and snap a 3-3 tie. Yale's right fielder Charlie Neil ran down the ball and nearly made a diving catch to end the inning but he couldn't come up with it as Princeton went ahead.

Princeton trailed the game up until that point as Yale took advantage of two Princeton errors to build a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Princeton got a run back in the bottom of the third as Mishu tripled to drive in the first Tiger run.

Yale added a run in the fifth, setting up the Princeton seventh. Nate Baird led off the inning with a double and a hit batsman put two on. Baird scored when Ryan Albert hit a pinch-hit single to center field to make the score 3-2. Yale's Eric Schultz then hit Bowman to load the bases and walked Mishu on four pitches to push across the tying run and set up Mulroy's triple.

David Palms earned the win in relief, pitching 4.2 shutout innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four in the win. Matt Grabowski started and allowed one earned run on three hits in 4.1 innings of work.

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The win moved Princeton to 4-0 after one weekend of Ivy League play. The Tigers are now tied atop the Gehrig Division standings with Penn, who swept doubleheaders this weekend at home against Harvard and Dartmouth.

Princeton hosts local-rival Rutgers on Tuesday in non-league action at Clarke Field.

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