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Baseball Splits With Columbia; Maintains Two-Game Lead in Gehrig Standings
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 04/24/2011
PRINCETON (4/24/11) - The Princeton baseball team split a doubleheader with Columbia at Clarke Field on Sunday to remain two games up on the field in the Gehrig Division standings. Princeton dropped the opener 8-5 in a game that lasted nine innings and topped the Lions 6-4 in the nightcap.

Game 1 (Box Score)

Columbia scored four times in the top of the ninth inning to break open a tie game and earn an 8-5 win in Sunday's opening game. Columbia led 2-0, but Princeton rallied to go ahead 3-2 in the fifth. Columbia tied the game and took a lead in the eighth before winning in the ninth.

Eric Williams led off the ninth with a solo home run and Emmanuel Cabreja and Jason Banos drove in runs in the inning as Columbia opened an 8-4 lead. Princeton got one run back in the ninth when Steve Harrington singled in a run but Princeton left two on base as Columbia sealed the win.

Columbia went ahead with a two-run second inning as Alex Ferrera and Nick Cox drove in runs. Princeton got one back in the fourth when Jonathan York's fielder's choice plated Harrington. An inning later, Harrington delivered a two-out single down the right field line to score both Sam Mulroy and John Mishu.

Banos doubled to lead off the sixth and would score on a sac fly to knot the game at 3-3 and send it to extra innings. Columbia went up 4-3 in the eighth as Dario Pizzano homered to right center, but Princeton answered in the bottom half as Alex Flink scored on a wild pitch. Princeton had the winning run at third with one out, but couldn't bring it home and the game went to the ninth where Columbia would win.

Tim Giel got the win for Columbia in relief of starter Pat Lowery. Each allowed seven his with Giel giving up two runs and Lowery three. Matt Bowman took the loss for Princeton as he allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits in 8.1 innings of work.

Game 2 (Box Score)

Princeton bounced back to take the nightcap behind a five-run fourth inning. The Tigers got a run in the first and then added five more in the fourth to lead 6-0. Columbia chipped four runs off that lead but would go down in order in the ninth as Princeton earned the split.

Princeton got its first run in the first inning as Bowman reached on a three-base error to begin the game. His grounder to third was fielded cleanly but the throw went into the right field corner and allowed Bowman to reach third. He scored on a Mike Ford single.

The Tigers then scored five times in the fourth to build the lead. All five runs came with two outs. First Andrew Whitener singled in a run and then Bowman and Mishu delivered back-to-back two-run hits.

Columbia got two runs back in the fifth as Alex Godshall got the Lions first hit, a double with one out, and runs scored on a ground ball and a wild pitch. Columbia would add two more in the eighth when Pizzano homered down the right field line with one on base.

Zak Hermans got the win as he allowed four runs on five hits in 7.2 innings. He is now 4-1 this season. David Palms got an out to end the eighth inning and A.J. Goetz got the Lions in order in the ninth to save the win. Stefan Olson took the loss as he allowed six runs on seven hits in six innings.

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Princeton moved to 16-18 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League with the split. Princeton remains two games ahead of Penn in the Gehrig standings and three games ahead of third-place Columbia. Princeton and Columbia complete their four-game series on Monday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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