Jack Murphy had four hits, two homers and drove in six runs to help the Princeton baseball team keep its Gehrig Division championship chances alive as the Tigers swept Cornell in a doubleheader on Saturday at Clarke Field. The Tigers won the opener 7-5 and took the nightcap 4-3.
Princeton jumped out to an early lead and held on late for a 7-5 win in the opener. Princeton went ahead 3-0 in the game when Murphy hit his fifth homer of the season to right field. Senior Aaron Prince singled and classmate Sal Iacono doubled to put two on for Murphy, whose homer gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.
The score remained at 3-0 entering the third when Murphy made it 4-0 with a solo homer to left center field. The homers gave sophomore Brad Gemberling a lead to work with as he went the complete seven innings to improve to 3-0. He allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out six.
Princeton added insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Sophomore Andrew Doupe scored on a run on an Iacono sac fly in the fourth, while Iacono and junior Spencer Lucian drove in runs with singles in the sixth.
In the second game, Princeton used single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, then held off Cornell late for a 4-3 win. Murphy had two RBIs in the win, while Iacono had three hits and an RBU for the Tigers.
In the opening inning, Prince hit a one-out double and came around to score on an Iacono single. Two innings later, freshman Greg Van Horn reached on an infield single, then scored on a wild pitch. Princeton made it 3-0 when Murphy singled home Prince in the fifth and another Murphy single, this time driving in Iacono, who had tripled, made it 4-0 in the seventh.
Junior Steven Miller, who was excellent through seven innings ran into trouble, loading the bases in the eighth, and Cornell was able to score three runs to make the score 4-3. However, no additional runs were able to score and Princeton won 4-3.
Miller went 7.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits and striking out seven. He improved to 3-5. Junior Christian Staehely got the save pitching in relief.
Princeton is now 14-22 overall and 10-8 in the Ivy League. Princeton needs to sweep its doubleheader at Cornell tomorrow to force a Gehrig Division playoff against Penn.