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Keller Drives In Three In Opener, Helps Princeton To Sunday Split v. Penn

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/20/2014
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Alec Keller had a home run and a two-run double in the opener to lead Princeton to a 4-2 win.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

BOX SCORES: Princeton 4, Penn 2 l Penn 6, Princeton 1

Senior Alec Keller drove in three runs, including one on a solo shot in the sixth inning, to lead Princeton to a 4-2 win over Penn in Sunday's doubleheader. Penn came back with six runs in the nightcap to complete the split with a 6-1 win.

Game One

A two-run double down the rightfield line by Alec Keller and an 11-strikeout performance by starter Michael Fagan helped Princeton to a 4-2 comeback win in the opener.

Fagan allowed only five hits and three walks while registering double-digit strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Senior Jonathan York continued to flourish in his new role as closer this season, striking out one and keeping Penn off the scoreboard to record the save.

Penn led 1-0 entering the bottom of the third inning, but the Tigers opened with back-to-back singles and then loaded the bases on a walk to Danny Baer. A single by Danny Hoy evened the score at 1-1, and Keller's ensuing two-run double gave the home team a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Keller added a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning to open a 4-1 lead. Penn picked up one run in the top of the seventh, but York shut the door to close out Princeton's second win of the weekend.

Game Two

Shortstop Billy Arendt had three hits, but Penn turned a pitcher's duel into a six-run outburst between the sixth and eighth innings to claim the 6-1 win.

Penn got a critical two-out, bases-clearing double from second baseman Michael Vilardo to turn a scoreless game into a 3-0 Quakers lead. Penn added another run in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch, though Princeton got that run back on an RBI single by Zack Belski down the third base line.

Any hopes of that run grabbing momentum for Princeton faded in the top of the eighth, when Rick Brebner launched a two-out, two-run home run to grab a 6-1 lead. Princeton did threaten in the ninth inning by loading the bases, but Mike Reitcheck closed the game with a pair of strikeouts.

Starter Nick Donatiello took the loss for Princeton after allowing three earned runs over 5.2 innings.

Princeton will travel to Rider for a midweek game Wednesday, then will conclude its Ivy League second next weekend against Cornell.

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