Sal Iacono hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead Princeton to a come-from-behind win in the second game and a two-game sweep over Yale in an Ivy League baseball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Clarke Field. Iacono was 5 for 8 on the day with four RBIs.
Iacono had hits in both games to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, setting a new Princeton record. The previous record of 17 games was set a season ago by classmate Aaron Prince. After going hitless in the first game of the season, Iacono has hit in every game since.
The Tigers swept the doubleheader to even their Ivy League record at 2-2. Princeton is now 6-13 overall with the two wins. The Tigers got their first walk-off win of the year, after having their opponents do it four times this season, and it came a day after Brown came from behind in the ninth to win yesterday.
Princeton freshman David Hale was the story in the first game as he pitched a complete-game, scattering eight hits and two runs in a 5-2 win. Hale got things started by striking out the side in the first inning and drew two double plays after leadoff batters reached base.
Princeton went up in the game with an unearned run in the second inning. Sophomore Adrian Turnham singled with an out, and went to second on a walk. A fielder’s choice pushed him to third and he scored an unearned run on a throwing error by Yale third baseman Charles Bush.
The score remained 1-0 until Princeton pushed four runs across the plate in the fifth inning with a two-out rally. Junior Spencer Lucian reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, the scored on an Iacono single. Iacono then stole second and was able to score when freshman Jack Murphy doubled. Murphy then scored on a single from Turnham. The final run scored on sophomore Andrew Doupe’s single through the left side.
Yale chipped off a pair of runs with a single run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Hale was able to pitch around two hits in the top of the seventh to secure the win and improve to 1-1 on the season. He struck out six in the win.
Princeton’s four-run ninth inning completed a Tiger comeback and gave Princeton a 7-4 win in the nightcap. Trailing 4-3 entering the final at bat, freshman Greg Van Horn was hit by a pitch to start the rally. Good base running got Van Horn to third when senior Aaron Prince dropped a single into right field, and he scored when Lucian singled to center field. With the game tied and two on, Iacono then went the other way with a 2-1 pitch and hit it over the wall in right field to plate three runs and hand Princeton the win. It was his second homer of the season.
Princeton’s comeback spoiled a good outing from Yale starter Chris Wietlspach, who struck out 15 Tigers through eight innings. Princeton freshman Jon Broscious took the win in relief as he pitched a perfect ninth inning. Senior Eric Walz started the game and pitched eight innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out eight.
Yale jumped on top in the game with two runs in the first inning with an RBI-gourndout and a sac fly. Princeton, which stranded two runners in each of the first four innings, cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when Murphy’s single scored Prince.
Yale made it 3-1 in the fourth on a solo homer from Bush, but the Tigers made it 3-3 in the bottom of the inning when Lucian’s two-run single plated Van Horn and sophomore Dan DeGeorge.
The Bulldogs then went up 4-3 in the fifth inning as Yale took advantage of a wet surface in the outfield to plate a run. Justin Ankney hit a two-out single and was able to score when Marc Sawyer’s fly ball to left field turned into a double when DeGeorge slipped as he tracked down the ball.
The score remained 4-3 from that point until Princeton’s ninth-inning comeback.
Princeton does not have a mid-week game this week and will return to action next Saturday at Harvard.