Box Score: Game One
Box Score: Game Two
The Princeton baseball team closed out its first Ivy League
weekend with a sweep versus Brown Sunday. The Tigers went 3-1 in their first
homestand behind a pair of 3-1 victories over the Bears. Both starting pitchers
Mike Ford and Kevin Link put together complete game performances, while the
offense scored early runs and managed to protect the lead down the stretch.
Turning Point of the
Game: After earning a 1-0 lead off a bases loaded walk in the second, Brown
countered with a run of its own in the top of the sixth to tie things up. In a
familiar situation as they have been in numerous non-conference games this
year, conceding the lead before being able to add some run support, the Tigers
responded with a scoring rally in the bottom half of the frame. With runners on
second and third, Will Davis singled to right field to send home the
game-winning run and Billy Arendt added a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers up
3-1 for good in the early game.
In the seventh inning of game two, Link loaded the
bases with no outs. With the Tigers 2-0 lead on the line, Link managed to get
out of the inning only giving up one run on a sacrifice fly and did not allow
another base runner after loading them up.
Noteworthy Play of
the Day: Princeton's game two offense opened with two runs on two hits in
the bottom of the first. Steve Harrington knocked an RBI single to right field with
one out and runners on the corners. Two batters later, Brown's starting pitcher
Kevin Carlow threw a wild pitch to send home the Tigers second run. The run
proved to be the deciding factor after Brown broke up Link's shutout in the top
of the seventh.
Player of the Game: The
versatile Ford was an asset on both ends of the ball for the Tigers. The game
one starter, he went all seven innings, striking out five, scattering five hits
and giving up only one run in 27 batters faced to improve to 2-0. Runners only
advanced to third once versus Ford.
He also had a hit, two runs and two walks at the plate,
getting on base in four of his five at-bats.
Pitcher of the Game: Link earned his first victory of the year behind his nine-inning,
four-strikeout performance. He gave up only three hits on one run, holding
Brown scoreless until the seventh inning. Link found himself in a jam in the
seventh when he walked a pair and hit a batter to load the bases with no outs.
The righty was able to get out of the inning only giving up a run on a
sacrifice fly, as he forced two fly outs and a pop out to close out the frame.
Batters of the Game: Alec
Keller and Harrington were key in getting the Tigers' offense ignited in
both games. Keller finished the day going 3-for-6, including his first triple
of the year, with a pair of runs in the leadoff role in both outings. In game
two he was hit by a pitch in the first and accounted for Princeton's opening
run. In the seventh he hit a one-out triple down the right field line to score
Princeton's insurance run.
Harrington went 2-for-7 with two RBI and two runs. In game
one, Harrington led the second off and struck out swinging, but it was a wild
pitch and Brown's catcher Van Broom was unable to stop it before it rolled to the
backstop. A quick thinking Harrington safely sprinted to first and was the Tigers' opening run. The latter game's scoring opened with his RBI
single to right field and he was credited with Princeton's final run of the day
on an RBI ground out.
Honorable Mention of
the Game: Freshman Arendt went 1-for-3 with an RBI and three walks. Two of
his walks contributed to runs and he had a sixth inning sacrifice fly in game
On Deck: The
Tigers (5-17, 3-1 Ivy) head to Seton Hall on Wednesday, Apr. 3 in midweek