Delays Not a Factor, Baseball Sweeps Dartmouth at Clarke Field
It has been a wild couple of days for the Princeton baseball team, seeing its Ivy League opener versus Harvard suspended mid-game one due to rain and then its series versus Dartmouth subject to multiple postponements.
Despite the delays, the Tigers were able to respond with a doubleheader sweep over the Big Green in their first completed Ivy series of 2014. Princeton kicked off the day with a 3-0 shutout win, followed by a late rally to edge past Dartmouth, 4-3, to close out the twinbill.
Princeton (7-11, 2-0 Ivy) will have a quick turnaround, hosting Seton Hall in a midweek non-conference game Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Clarke Field.
Contributions were felt from numerous players, but ensuring the wins was reliever Jonathan York, who earned his third and fourth career saves in the doubleheader. York did not just see action in the final innings, but started in right field before taking over relief duties. On the mound, he pitched 2.0 hitless shutout innings with a strikeout and a walk.
At the plate sophomore Danny Hoy headlined the effort, going 5-for-7 with three runs and two RBI, including his first home run of the season.
Guided by 6.0 shutout innings from pitcher Cameron Mingo and a first inning Hoy home run, Princeton remained in control from start to finish.
After five strong innings from Mingo, scattering four hits, Dartmouth poised its biggest threat in the top of the seventh. The first two batters would reach on a single and walk, before York came in and got out of a bases loaded jam with a pop up and a double play.
Mingo finished with four strikeouts in his first win of the season.
Both Princeton and Dartmouth tallied five hits, while the Big Green also gave up an error.
Guided by its 10-hit effort and a seventh inning two-run rally, the Tigers were able to successfully earn the sweep over the Big Green.
The Tigers established the early lead, 1-0, behind a Belski RBI grounder. The freshman first baseman would finish going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Dartmouth threatened in the third inning, leaving a bases loaded situation, but managed to score its first run at Clarke Field the following inning. Bo Patterson’s sacrifice RBI sent home the tying run, 1-1.
Princeton regained its advantage, 2-1, following a Hoy RBI single to left field in the fifth. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
A battle for control ensued, seeing the Big Green respond with two runs on three hits in the sixth.
With two outs, back-to-back singles and then a wild pitch put runners on second and third. Tupper kicked off the rally with an RBI single to the pitcher and Belski followed with an RBI single up the middle. The pair of runs would be enough to sustain the Tigers’ advantage.
As the offense found a late surge, reliever freshman Chad Powers held Dartmouth off the board further and went on to earn the second win of his young career over his 3.2 innings stint.
Powers faced the first batter of the ninth, before York closed it out with a pop up, strikeout and a ground out.