ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Brad Gemberling threw a complete-game one-hitter to lead the Princeton baseball team to a split of its doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Cornell. Cornell won the opening game 6-5 in nine innings before the Tigers took the nightcap by a 19-1 score.
Cornell scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up a 6-5 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Down 5-4 in the ninth, Cornell rallied with two runs on the bottom of the inning for the win. Sophomore David Hale had three hits and drove in two in the loss.
Cornell jumped out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. A fielders choice, hit batter and single filled the bases and back-to-back walks drove in the first two Cornell runs. Then with the bases still loaded, Mickey Brodsky singled up the middle to push two more runs across the plate.
The Tigers began to chip away on the Cornell lead in the fourth inning with two runs. A pair of walks put two aboard in the inning and both runners came around to score when sophomore David Hale tripled to right center. Princeton got another run back in the fifth when junior Adrian Turnham hit an RBI-single. Princeton then drew even in the sixth when freshman Matt Connor singled home Hale.
The game then stayed tied at four until the ninth inning when Princeton pushed across a run on senior Spencer Lucian’s sac fly. Cornell rallied though in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with no outs and scoring the tying run on a squeeze play and the winning run on an overthrow.
Hale was responsible for four of Cornell’s runs in three innings. Freshman David Palms came on after that and pitched five solid innings before leaving with two on in the ninth. Palms took the loss allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out seven.
Princeton was all over the Cornell pitching in the nightcap by scoring19 runs on 21 hits. Eight of Princeton’s nine batters had hits in the win and all nine drove in at least one run in the contest. Gemberling was equally impressive on the mound as he held Cornell to two hit in a complete game win.
Princeton jumped on Cornell starter Corey Pappel early scoring seven runs in the first four innings. Juniors Derek Beckman and Dan DeGeorge reached in the first and came around to score on a sophomore Jack Murphy’s sac fly and Lucian’s single to right field.
Princeton added a run in the second when Beckman’s groundout scored senior Micah Kaplan who had reached on a leadoff double. The Tigers then broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Junior Andrew Doupe, Kaplan and sophomore Noel Gonzales-Luna started the inning with three straight singles. Gonzales-Luna’s single scored the first run and DeGeorge added a run-scoring single, followed by a two-run single from Turnham.
Princeton pushed across an eighth run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Hale and then added five runs in the eight as both Hale and Doupe delivered two-run doubles. The Tigers then plated six runs in the ninth as Hale and Turnham singled home runs and Kaplan doubled home two runs.
Gemberling was stellar on the mound for the Tigers as he picked up his second win of the year. He pitched nine innings and allowed a run on two hits, while fanning 10. Gemberling held the Big Red hitless for six and two-thirds before Jimmy Heinz broke up the no-hit bid with a single in the seventh inning.
Princeton is now 17-22 overall and 9-9 in the Ivy League. The Tigers host Cornell for a doubleheader on Sunday at Clarke Field beginning at 12 noon. Princeton is now 2.5 games behind first-place Columbia. Princeton needs Columbia to lose all four of its remaining games, while the Tigers need to sweep Cornell on Sunday to force a playoff game for the Gehrig Division title.