Box Score - Game One
Box Score - Game Two
Guided by seven scoreless Kevin Link innings and an Alex
Flink ninth inning RBI single, the Princeton baseball team defeated Stetson,
2-1, to earn its first win of 2013. The Tigers (1-6) were unable to sweep
Saturday's doubleheader against the Hatters, falling by an identical 2-1 score
to close out the day.
Over his seven frames, senior Link struck out three and
allowed only three hits and two walks in 28 batters faced. Despite his solid
work on the mound, the righty ends with the no decision because Stetson tied
things up in the eighth inning.
Princeton carried a 1-0 lead through eight frames off a Mike
Ford RBI single up the middle in the first.
The Tigers had six of their nine hits between the second
through ninth innings, but they were unable to capitalize on their offensive
production and left all six batters on base.
Tyler Foote (1-0) came in the eighth and put his leadoff
batter on third off a walk and consecutive wild pitches. With runners on the
corners, James Rasmussen sent a single up the middle and tied the game up 1-1.
Unyielding to its fate the night before in extra innings, Princeton
took advantage of its chances in the top of the ninth. Pinch runner Alec Keller
reached second on a failed pickoff attempt and Flink, who went 4-for-4, hit the
game-winning RBI single up the middle to send Keller home.
It was another tight defensive battle, but one that went in
favor of the Hatters off a two-run sixth inning in game two.
Starting pitcher Michael Fagan struck out five over his five
scoreless innings, but Princeton was unable to provide run support only
tallying one hit during that span.
The bottom of the sixth saw Stetson score twice on two hits
and an error.
The Tigers' bats remained quiet until the ninth. Peter Owens
led off with a single and was advanced to third on a Danny Hoy single. Owens
broke up the shutout on a Ford double play, but Princeton only had one more
base runner before its third out to close out the day.
The final game of the series is Sunday at 1 p.m.