DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Princeton baseball team used an eight-run first inning and six excellent innings from senior starting pitcher Eric Walz to defeat Davidson 19-9 on Tuesday night at Wilson Field. Junior Spencer Lucian led the way with five hits in the game, while freshman Jack Murphy drove in five runs as Princeton won its second-straight game.
Princeton had a great game at the plate, scoring 19 runs on 21 hits and scoring eight times before Davidson even had a chance to bat. The Tigers managed five doubles and three home runs in the game, marking the second-straight game where three Tigers hit long balls.
Lucian led the charge with five hits, while Murphy and sophomore Adrian Turnham both had four hits apiece. Three of Turnham’s four hits were doubles, tying a Princeton record for doubles in a game.
Princeton got the offense going with eight runs in the first inning on four hits. The first pitch of the game hit freshman Greg Van Horn, putting one on base. Two consecutive walks then loaded the bases, until Van Horn scored on a wild pitch. Another walk reloaded the bases before another wild pitch made it 2-0. With two runners remaining on base, Murphy drove in the first two of his five RBIs with a double to left center. He then scored on a Turnham double, a Turnham later scored on a single from freshman Brian Berkowitz. Van Horn closed out the scoring in the half inning when he hit his second homer of the season to left field.
While the Davidson pitching struggled with the Tiger bats, it was not the case for Walz, who cruised through six innings, allowing just one hit, a second-inning double and two walks. He struck out four as well as he earned his first win of the season.
Princeton added onto its lead with three runs in the second inning as a Lucian single, an error and a bases loaded walk to freshman David Hale pushed Tiger runs across the plate.
After scoring a run in the third inning, Princeton added two more in the fifth inning to make the score 14-0. Sophomore Dan DeGeorge led off the inning with a single and then came around to score on Murphy’s second home run of 2007.
The Tigers added four runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to reach 19 runs. In the seventh Turnham drove in a pair on a ground-rule double, and later freshman Jon Broscious hit a two-run homer.
Princeton led 18-0 before Davidson scored nine runs over the final two innings.
Princeton improved to 3-7 with the win and will look to complete a two-game sweep of the Wildcats tomorrow night when Hale takes the mound for the Tigers at 6 p.m.