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Princeton Heads To Brown, Yale With Good Weather Expected

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/04/2014
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Alec Keller and the Tigers are at Brown and Yale this weekend.
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Records

Princeton 7-12, 2-0 Ivy League

Brown 6-10, 0-4 Ivy League

Yale 9-12, 2-2 Ivy League

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The weekend forecast in Providence and New Haven is pretty good. The temperature is supposed to be around 60, and there is little chance for rain.

After last weekend, which actually drifted into early this week, the Princeton baseball team will take it.

Instead of heading into the weekend worry about forecasts and backup plans, Princeton’s focus can be strictly baseball this time around. Or, at least if the weather channel can be believed.

Princeton was supposed to be four games into its Ivy League season by now, except last weekend’s heavy rains wiped out any chance of getting two of those games in. Princeton played four scoreless innings against Harvard before the rains started for good and will have to resume its doubleheader from that point.

It was Monday by the time the rain stopped and Tuesday by the time Clarke Field was playable for the doubleheader against Dartmouth, which the Tigers then swept in two fast-paced, well-played, well-pitched games.

This weekend sees the second weekend of cross-divisional play, as the Tigers travel to Brown Saturday and Yale Sunday for a pair of doubleheaders. After that it will be three straight weekends with four games against Gehrig Division opponents.

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Princeton and Harvard were the only Ivy teams not to get four games in from the first weekend.

Right now, all four Gehrig Division teams are at least .500, while no team in the Rolfe Division is over .500.

Penn swept Yale and then won back-to-back 3-2 games against Brown to go 4-0. Along with Princeton, Penn is the only team unbeaten in ivy play.

Cornell and Columbia are both 2-2.

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Princeton leads the all-time series with Brown 98-59-4. Yale leads the series with Princeton 180-152-4.

In the last five years, Princeton is 5-5 against Brown and 7-3 against Yale. The Tigers split with Yale and swept Brown a year ago.

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Jonathan York was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week after saving both ends of the doubleheader against Dartmouth – and doing so rather dramatically.

York, who played rightfield up until the last inning of each game, inherited a two-on, no-out situation in Game 1 and then after walking the bases loaded got a pop up and double play to end a 3-0 win. He then came into Game 2 with a runner on and Princeton up 4-3 with nobody out and got a pop-up, strikeout and groundout to end it.

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Princeton has team 6.50 ERA in all of its games. In its two league games, the team ERA is 1.12.

Princeton’s pitchers walked six in 16 innings in the two games against Dartmouth, or 3.38 per nine innings. In its non-league games, Princeton has walked 86 in 136 innings, or 5.7 per nine innings.

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Princeton has four players who have at least 40 at-bats and are hitting over .300, and two of them are freshmen. Danny Baer, from Edina, Minn., is at .333 for 45 at-bats, and Paul Tupper, of Milford, Conn., is hitting .304 in 69 at-bats. Tupper also leads the team with 13 RBIs and has hit one of the team’s two home runs.

Danny Hoy, who hit .307 as a freshman last year, leads the team with a .365 average. A year ago Hoy struck out once every 4.4 at-bats; this year he has struck out once every 6.2 at-bats.

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