Derek Beckman had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice in the win as the Tigers and Pirates battled through the cold and rain.
The weather had a significant impact on the game as it rained throughout and was cold. By the end of the game there was standing water on the FieldTurf. The teams combined for 27 runs on 25 hits, but also combined for nine errors and 14 walks. In total, only 11 of the 27 runs scored in the game were earned. "Those may have been the worst conditions that we have ever played in," commented Princeton head coach Scott Bradley.
Beckman was one of four Tigers to have multiple hits in the game and one of eight to record a hit. Junior Jack Murphy also drove in three runs in the game and seven of Princeton’s nine starters crossed the plate two times.
Beckman got things started right off the bat as he led off the game with a single. A batter later, senior Dan DeGeorge doubled to plate Beckman and Princeton was up two batters into the game. DeGeorge would then scored on a junior Greg Van Horn sacrifice fly.
The Tigers added to their lead when Beckman plated a run with a sac fly in the second and built the lead to 8-0 in the third inning by pushing five runs across the plate. In the inning, back-to-back doubles from junior Brian Berkowitz and senior Adrian Turnham plated runs and two more came home on a Beckman single.
The Pirates got a run back in the third inning and moved within one with a six-run fifth inning as a pair of Princeton errors in the field led to three unearned runs in the frame.
Princeton bounced back in the sixth with two runs when Murphy tripled to center field to bring home two. The lead would not last though as Seton Hall responded with three in the bottom of the inning to draw even at 10-10. A.J. Rusbarsky’s two-run single was the big hit in the inning.
Seton Hall had evened the game, but the tie was short-lived as Princeton responded with five runs in the top of the seventh to go back ahead 15-10. Sophomore Matt Connor led off the inning with a double to extend his team-leading active hit streak to eight games. A walk and an infield bunt single loaded the bases and DeGeorge brought the go-ahead run home with a single through the left side. Runs then scored on successive groundouts, before a booted groundball and freshman Sam Mulroy’s single brought home additional runs.
The Pirates chipped two runs off of Princeton’s lead in the eighth, but sophomore closer Matt Grabowski came on to get the final four outs and record his third save of the season.
The winning pitcher was freshman Ryan Makis, who collected his first collegiate win. He allowed six runs on five hits in three and a third innings. Seton Hall’s Matt Singer absorbed the loss.
Princeton ran its record to 12-15 overall as the Tigers have now won four games in a row for the first time this season. The Tigers return to action this weekend with a four-game set at Penn. Seton Hall fell to 15-15 overall.