Late scoring opportunities fell short for the Princeton baseball team in both ends of a doubleheader sweep by the Yale Bulldogs Sunday in New Haven. The losses were Princeton's first in Ivy League play, though Saturday's sweep at Brown ensures that the Tigers will go into Gehrig Division play next weekend with a winning Ivy mark.
A bases loaded walk in the eighth inning scored Robert Baldwin and clinched a 2-1 victory for Yale, which handed the Tigers their first loss in Ivy League play despite a late Princeton rally.
Princeton starter Cameron Mingo took the hard-luck loss, allowing only two runs in 7.1 innings while scattering only four hits and four walks. He allowed one run in the fourth without allowing a ball out of the infield, and he kept Yale off the board long enough to give his offense a final opportunity to tie the game.
That came in the top of the seventh, and it started with a one-out base hit by Jonathan York. Following a walk to Billy Arendt, Danny Baer drove an RBI single to right field to score York and tie the game. Arendt advanced to third, but a strikeout and a groundout kept him from giving Princeton the lead.
Mingo got out of the seventh unscathed, but a single and outfield error in the top of the eighth would ignite Yale's winning rally. A sacrifice bunt moved Baldwin to third, and a pair of walks loaded the bases and set up a force at home; unfortunately, it also left no margin for error. York came in to relieve Mingo, and he walked Richard Slenker to score Baldwin.
It was a tough end for York, who had three of Princeton's six hits and the team's lone RBI in the opener.
Two double plays in the final three innings kept Princeton from breaking out of a late two-run deficit in a 4-2 loss.
Princeton scored runs in each of the first two innings on an RBI single by Tyler Servais and an RBI flyout by Danny Hoy, but the Yale pitching duo of David Hickey and Chris Moates limited the damage from there, allowing only five hits over the final seven innings and getting out of tough situations late.
Yale tied the score in the bottom of the third inning on back-to-back RBI flyouts, and then grabbed the lead on a two-out, two-run double by Baldwin in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Princeton threatened to immediately get those runs back by loading the bases with one out in the seventh inning, but Moates began a 1-3 double play by catching a line drive off Hoy's bat. The Tigers had runners on in both the eighth and the ninth innings, but neither would cross home plate. The final swing ended as a 3-6-3 double play off the bat of Nick Hernandez.
Keelan Smithers allowed only four runs in seven innings, but he took the loss. Chris Bodurian pitched the eighth and struck out one in relief.
Princeton is now 4-2 in Ivy League play, and still needs to make up a home doubleheader with Harvard that was rained out the previous weekend. The Tigers trail Penn by two in the loss column, as the Quakers went unbeaten through their tour of the Rolfe Division.
Princeton will host Monmouth Wednesday afternoon (3:30), and then will begin Gehrig Division play next Saturday with four games at Columbia.