Baseball Sweeps Penn; Takes Two-Game Lead in Gehrig Standings
Princeton won a pair of tight games on Sunday and came from behind to win both ends of the doubleheader. In the opener Mike Ford battled through giving up two runs in the first inning to pitch the complete game and earn a 3-2 win. His double in the top of the seventh drove in the winning run for the Tigers. In the nightcap Princeton trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before tying the game in the eight and winning in the 10th. Ryan Albert hit a solo homer in the win and then drove in the two runs in the 10th as Princeton won 4-2.
Game 1 (Box Score)
Ford continued his run of strong starts on the mound with a complete game win in the opener. The two-time defending Ivy League Rookie of the Week scattered two runs and six hits over seven innings to earn his second win of the season.
Penn got to ford with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff double and a hit batsman put two on for, whose double plated both runs and had Penn up.
Princeton answered with two runs in the third inning as Tom Boggiano and Alec Keller began the inning with consecutive singles. A passed ball advanced the runners up and John Mishu drove in both with a double to center field.
The Tigers left two on the sixth but would get the go-ahead run across in the seventh as Keller hit a leadoff double. Penn starter Vince Voiro got the next two outs but Ford doubled to left center to plate Keller and give Princeton the 3-2 lead.
Penn nearly had taken a lead in its previous at bat as the first two Quakers reached base. A fielder's choice and out at third brought up Derek Vigoa who singled to center field, but a Princeton relay threw out Jeremy Mass trying to score as Boggiano, Matt Bowman relayed the ball to Ford at the plate where he made the tag. Ford got the Quakers in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win, including strikeouts of the last two batters, Greg Zebrack and Dan Williams.
Game 2 (Box Score)
Princeton completed the sweep with a 10-inning win in the nightcap. Princeton won in the 10th when Mishu singled and Ford walked to begin the inning. Penn got the next two batters but Albert ripped a two-out double to left center to plate both runs and David Palms retired the side in order in the bottom of the 10th to secure the win.
Penn scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning when two walks and a bunt single loaded the bases with no outs. Adrian Lorenzo hit a sac fly to plate the first Penn run, but Princeton starter Matt Grabowski and catcher Sam Mulroy teamed for a strike em out-pick em off double play to get out of the inning.
Princeton immediately evened the game in the top of the sixth when Albert hit a solo home run to right center, his first career home run. Penn regained a 2-1lead in the seventh when Vigoa singled in a run but again Princeton answered with a run in its next at-bat. This time Mishu and Ford were both hit by pitches to begin the inning and a Mulroy single brought home Mishu from second.
Palms got the win in relief. He allowed two hits over 2.1 innings to improve to 3-2. Grabowski allowed two runs on four hits in six and A.J. Goetz game up two hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Princeton is now 15-16 overall and 9-3 in the Ivy League. The Tigers have a two-game lead on 7-5 Penn and both teams have four-game series remaining with Columbia and Cornell. Princeton also leads the race to host the Ivy League Championship series by a game over Rolfe Division leader Yale (8-4), which took four games from Dartmouth this weekend.
Princeton plays twice this coming week in mid-week action. The Tigers visit St. John's on Tuesday night and Monmouth on Thursday afternoon.