The Princeton baseball team won its season series versus Penn, 3-1, behind a Sunday split versus the Quakers. A ninth inning rally lifted Penn to a 7-5 win in game one, before the Tigers earned a 13-7 series finale victory.
Penn took advantage of a Princeton error in the top of the ninth to edge past the Tigers 7-5 to open Sunday's twinbill.
In a pitchers duel over the first five innings, it was Penn
who broke out with four runs in the top of the sixth. Princeton was not down
for long, as the Tigers responded with a five-run bottom half of the inning.
Mike Ford hit a two-RBI single and Steve Harrington hit a triple to left center
to score a pair of runs. Harrington would score on the play off a throwing
error from Penn's center fielder Greg Zebrack.
Penn evened the game, 5-5, in the seventh to force extra innings, as game one in Ivy doubleheaders are seven innings. In the ninth, with two outs and runners on the corners, Ryan Deitrich reached on an error sending home the go-ahead run. The next batter Derek Vigoa then hit an RBI single to left center to make it a two-run ballgame, 7-5.
The Tigers responded from their extra inning loss with a 13-7 victory to wrap up the four-game series.
After giving up a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Princeton scored eight runs on seven hits in the bottom half of the frame. Sam Mulroy evened the game with an RBI single and Ford followed with a two-RBI double to right center. Two batters later, Ryan Albert loaded the bases with his RBI single and freshman Thomsen capped off the inning with his first career grand slam over the left field fence.
The second inning saw an RBI double from Harrington, before Penn opened up its scoring game.
In the top of the third, the Quakers made it a 9-4 game, but Princeton maintained control of the scoreboard. In the next frame, Ford lifted the Tigers to a six-run advantage with a sacrifice fly to right field.
With runners on first and second in the seventh, Jonathan York came to the plate to pinch hit. York sailed the ball to left center to score both runners in his only at bat of the game. Following a pair of Penn runs, John Mishu added the final run of the game with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the eighth.
Mishu went 4-for-5 in the game, with a pair of runs and an RBI.
Pitcher Kevin Link earned his third win of the season over 5.0 innings. During that span, he threw four strikeouts, while relievers Ryan Makis and Nick Donatiello each had a pair of strikeouts apiece.
Princeton (16-13, 9-3 Ivy) remains in second place in the Gehrig Division with the Sunday split, as first place Cornell split with Columbia to remain a game ahead of the Tigers at 10-2.