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Baseball Set to Play Three Midweek Games, Open with No. 1 UNC

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/18/2013
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 Princeton (1-10) at No. 1 North Carolina (18-1, 5-1 ACC)
  Game Info:
Tuesday, Mar. 19 • 6 p.m.
  Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Game Notes:
Princeton at North Carolina
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Princeton RHP Kevin Link
(0-1, 3.27 ERA, 11.0 IP, 5 BB, 5 SO)

North Carolina RHP Trent Thorton
(3-0, 0.47 ERA, 19.1 IP, 3 BB, 16 SO)
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 Princeton (1-10) at Elon (11-8, 5-4 SoCon)
  Game Info:
Wednesday, Mar. 20 • 2 p.m.
  Location:
Elon, N.C.
Game Notes:
Princeton at Elon
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Princeton LHP Tyler Foote
(1-1, 6.75 ERA, 5.1 IP, 4 BB, 4 SO)

Elon TBA
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 Princeton (1-10) at UNC-Greensboro (8-9, 0-3 SoCon)
  Game Info:
Wednesday, Mar. 20 • 2 p.m.
  Location:
Greensboro, N.C.
Game Notes:
Princeton at UNC-Greensboro
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Princeton RHP Cameron Mingo
(0-1, 6.23 ERA, 8.2 IP, 3 BB, 8 SO)

UNC-Greensboro TBA
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This Week for the Tigers: The Princeton baseball team (1-10) heads to the state of North Carolina for three midweek games. The Tigers face No. 1 North Carolina (18-1, 5-1 ACC) on Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 6 p.m. The following day Princeton heads to Elon (11-8, 5-4 SoCon) for a 2 p.m. game, before traveling to UNC-Greensboro (8-9, 0-3 SoCon) for a 7 p.m. meeting.

Last Time Out: The Tigers were swept by Georgetown last weekend, suffering a pair of one-run defeats including a 12-inning series finale loss, 3-2 on Mar. 17.

On Deck: Princeton closes out its non-conference slate with a four-game series at Navy from Mar. 22-24.

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Scouting North Carolina: Top-ranked North Carolina (18-1, 5-1 ACC) suffered its first loss of the year versus Miami, 4-1, before winning the final two games of the series.

Six Tar Heels are batting above .300, with Skye Bolt leading the charge with a .418 (28-for-67) average. Bolt has 20 RBI, seven extra-base hits and four homers.

UNC has employed 16 different pitchers over its first 19 games. Tuesday's starter Trent Thorton (3-0) has a 0.47 ERA over five appearances and 19.1 innings. He's tallied 16 strikeouts, and given up three walks and  nine hits against.

Elon:  Elon is riding a four-game winning streak entering Wednesday's meeting and sits at 11-8, 5-4 SoCon.

Antonio Alvarez headlines the offense with a .387 batting average (24-for-62). He has 21 runs and 16 RBI in 18 starts.

The Phoenix have seen 14 different hurlers take the mound this year. Wednesday's probable starter has yet to be announced.

UNC-Greensboro:  UNC-Greensboro (8-9, 0-3 SoCon) enters Wednesday's meeting riding a five-game losing streak.

Christian Wolfe serves as the team's top batter with a .448 average (30-for-67) and 15 RBI, 14 runs and a pair of homers. He is one of seven Spartans hitting above .300.

Defensively, 15 pitchers have seen at least an inning of work for UNCG. A Spartan starter has yet to be announced.

Foote Earns First Career Win: Left-handed pitcher Tyler Foote earned his first career win in Princeton's 2-1 victory over Stetson on Mar. 8. The sophomore allowed one run on one hit, while striking out a batter.

Road Warriors: Princeton will play its first 18 games on the road before its home opener versus Yale on Saturday, Mar. 30.

Hot Hand Hoy: Freshman Danny Hoy currently is riding a five-game hitting streak. He leads the offense with a .345 batting average in seven starts and eight appearances.

Extra Innings: Princeton has lost a pair of 12-inning games this year, falling by one run to the home team. Most recently the Tigers gave up a 2-1 lead in the eighth and were unable to hold off Georgetown, 3-2 on Mar. 15.

2013 Outlook:
•The Tigers return six field starters from a year ago, along with three starting pitchers.
•Including the three starting pitchers returning, the Tigers welcome back 11 hurlers.
•Princeton welcomes eight newcomers in 2013. The addition of three pitchers and five field players will look to bolster the lineup.
•The Tigers lost five letterwinners from a year ago, including a pair of starters in shortstop/RHP junior Matt Bowman and catcher/utility senior Sam Mulroy. The duo was both drafted last spring by the Mets and Angels, respectively.
•Princeton boasts one of its deepest rosters in 2013 with 32 players.

2012 All-Ivy: Six Tigers earned All-Ivy League honors in 2012 wiht Ivy Pitcher of the Year Zak Hermans leading the way. Hermans, Sam Mulroy and Alec Keller were named to the first team, while Mike Ford was tabbed to the second team. Matt Bowman earned honorable mention accolades at both pitcher and shortstop, along with outfielder Steve Harrington.

Princeton returns four All-Ivy selections in 2013.

 

 

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