Princeton Sweeps Penn in Baseball Doubleheader
PHILADELPHIA -- The Princeton baseball team won 7-3 and 10-6 to sweep Sunday’s Ivy League baseball doubleheader at Penn on Sunday afternoon. Princeton outlasted the Quakers in the opener, winning 7-3 in 10 innings. The Tigers then rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win the nightcap 10-6.
Princeton plated four runs in the top of the 10th inning to take the opening game 7-3 in 10 innings. The Tigers jumped to a 3-0 lea din the second inning of the game, only to have Penn even the game with three runs in the sixth inning, before the Tigers eventually won in 10.
Junior Spencer Lucian went 4 for 4 in the game with an RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Adrian Turnham and freshman Brian Berkowitz both drove in a pair of runs as well. Berkowitz’s RBIs came on a two-run homer to right center field, his first of the season.
Princeton opened the scoring in the second. Lucian started the inning with a double and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Turnham single. Turnham came around to score when Berkowitz hit his first collegiate home run.
The Tigers held the lead until the sixth inning when Penn drew even. Joey Boaen led off the inning with a single and a fielder’s choice with an error put runners on second and third for Kyle Armeny, who drove them in with a double off the wall in center field. Armeny then came around to score on Alex Nwaka’s single up the middle.
The game went to extra innings tied at 3-3, and Penn had a good chance to win in the eighth inning. Back-to-back walks to start the inning and a sac bunt put runners on second and third with an out. Princeton intentionally walked Reid Terry to load the bases and the strategy worked as he grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Both teams went quickly in the ninth before Princeton went ahead with four runs in the top of the 10th inning. Sophomore Dan DeGeorge started the inning with a lead off double. Senior Aaron Prince then bunted to advance the runners, but was able to leg out the throw for an infield single, but Penn overthrew the ball allowing DeGeorge to score the go-ahead run. Another error, a Lucian sac fly and a Turnham single plated the other three Tiger runs in the inning.
Princeton sophomore Brad Gemberling got the win, pitching five innings in relief and allowing a single hit. Freshman David Hale allowed the three Penn runs in five innings of work. Doug Brown took the loss for Penn and was responsible for four Princeton runs.
The Tigers rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the sixth inning to take the nightcap 10-6. Prince drove in four runs in the win, two on a triple in the seventh and one in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Penn jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The first two runs came home when Nwaka doubled to deep center, and Matt Toffaletti drove in the third run with a sac fly. Penn scored another three runs in the fourth inning when two singles sandwiched a walk to lead the bases with no outs. An error on a groundout plated the first run and fielder’s choices bought home the next two to make Penn’s lead 6-0.
The Tigers got a run in the sixth inning when Prince led off with a single. A Turnham single pushed him to second and he scored when Lucian singled up the middle. Princeton took another three runs off the Penn lead with a three-run seventh inning. With an out, sophomore Derek Beckman and freshman Greg Van Horn singled and walked, respectively. Both runners came around to score when Prince hit a triple into the right field corner. Senior Sal Iacono then drove in Prince with a single over the head of Penn’s first baseman.
Princeton drew even an inning later with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. DeGeorge hit a one-out single and Princeton proceeded to load the bases as Beckman walked and Van Horn was hit by a pitch. Prince then drew a four-pitch walk to with the bases full to plate the Tigers’ fifth run in the game, and Iacono hit a sac fly to right field that scored Beckman as the tying run to even the score at 6-6.
Penn loaded the bases a half-inning later looking to regain the lead but senior starter Eric Walz got the groundout he needed with two outs to end the Penn threat and send the game to the ninth inning tied.
Princeton completed the comeback with a big ninth inning as the Tigers scored four runs to take a 10-6 lead. The Tigers began the inning by taking advantage of a Penn error in the field. Lucian reached on a throwing error to begin the inning and scored an unearned run when sophomore Andrew Doupe doubled to the wall in left center, scoring Lucian from first and giving Princeton its first lead of the game. DeGeorge reached on an error and Van Horn was hit to fill the bases for Prince, who drew a bases loaded walk for the second straight trip to the plate. The final two runs came when Iacono legged out an infield single and Turnham singled to center.
Walz pitched a complete game and improved to 3-0 with the win as he scattered nine hits and six runs.
The sweep moves Princeton’s record to 12-21 overall and 8-8 in the Ivy League. Penn is now 19-16 overall and 11-7 in the league. Princeton returns to action on Tuesday night at St. John’s at 7 p.m.