Laing 14 Strong

Baseball Slated to Face Rider on Wednesday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/24/2012
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Alex Flink and the Tigers head to Rider for a midweek meeting versus the Broncs.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

The Princeton baseball team wraps up the regular season this week with a five-game slate, beginning at Rider on Wednesday, April 25 in Lawrenceville, N.J. First pitch between the Tigers (17-17, 10-6 Ivy) and Broncs (12-26, 7-8 MAAC) is at 3:30 p.m.

Last Time Out: For the first time this season Princeton lost an Ivy League series, going 1-3 at Columbia from April 20-21. The Tigers earned their lone win, 8-5, in game two of the four-game series.

Last Chance for Postseason: The Tigers are currently three-games behind first place Cornell (13-3), this weekend's opponent. Princeton will have to sweep the Big Red 4-0 to move into sole possession of first place in the Gehrig Division and advance to the Ivy League Championship Series for the second consecutive season. The winner of the ILCS earns the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Baseball Championships.

Hermans Wins Fifth on the Mound: Pitcher Zak Hermans won his fifth game of the year at Columbia on April 20. The junior went 8.0 innings, tallying six strikeouts in 32 batters faced. Hermans (5-2) sports a team-best 3.50 ERA in eight starts. He's thrown a team-leading 54.0 innings, tallying 46 strikeouts and batters are hitting .258 against him.

League Leaders: Senior Sam Mulroy is in the top-5 in the Ivy League in: hits, runs scored, home runs, total bases and stolen bases, while pitchers Matt Bowman and Zak Hermans are No. 3 and 4, respectively in strikeouts. Bowman holds the conference's record for strikeouts in a game this year with 12 at Brown on April 8.

Scouting Rider: Rider currently is riding a 1-4 streak entering this week's non-conference action. The Broncs are 12-26, 7-8 MAAC on the year and will travel to St. Joseph's on Tuesday before hosting Princeton.

Ian Lindsay is batting .331 in 37 appearances to lead the Rider offense. He's 39-for-118, tallying 19 runs and 17 RBI. Brandon Cotton, who is 13-for-14 in stolen base attempts, is the squad's second-leading batter, averaging .303 (44-for-145).

Scheduled to start for the Broncs versus Princeton is pitcher Patrick Devlin (1-4). In six starts spanning 21.2 innings, he's thrown 16 strikeouts, allowed 25 hits against and has a 9.14 ERA.

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