Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Penn; Teams Remained Tied Atop Standings
Game 1 (Box Score)
Penn used a six-run second inning to break open a 1-1 tie on its way to a 12-4 win in Friday's opening game. All six runs in the inning were unearned as the Tigers looked to get out of the inning and strand two runners but an error in the field allowed the inning to continue.
After Penn's Greg Zebrack led off the Penn first inning with a homer, the Tigers drew even in the second when Ryan Albert doubled and came home on an Andrew Whitener single. Penn took control in the second with the six runs and never looked back in picking up the win. Princeton chipped off a run in the fourth when Sam Mulroy led off with his six home run of the season to the opposite field. The Tigers scored twice more in the sixth as singles from Steve Harrington and Alex Flink drove in runs.
Paul Cusick got the win for Penn with a complete game. He allowed four runs on six hits. Matt Bowman took the loss for the Tigers.
Game 2 (Box Score)
Princeton won a back-and-forth game to earn the split in the nightcap. Princeton led 1-0 and 2-1 before Penn came back to take leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Princeton went ahead for good with three runs in the eighth inning as the Tigers plated three runs on two hits and three Penn errors.
Down 4-3 entering the inning, Bowman hit a leadoff single. After an out, Mulroy and Mike Ford both reached on fielding errors, the second of which allowed Bowman to score to knot the game up. That brought Flink to the plate and he singled to center field to plate Mulroy and Ford would come around to score as the center fielder committed a throwing error on the play and Princeton had a 6-3 lead. Penn chipped a run off that lead in the eighth, but Matt Grabowski got the final four outs in order to end the game.
Jonathan York had three hits in the win with an RBI and a run scored, with Bowman and Tom Boggiano each getting two hits. Boggiano hit a bunt single in the seventh, stole second and then scored on a York single to knot the game at 3-3 at the time.
The split moves both teams to 7-3 in the Ivy League with Sunday's doubleheader at Penn up next. Princeton is now 13-16 overall.