For the first time this season, the Princeton baseball team lost a season series versus an Ivy League opponent. The Tigers were swept by Columbia in doubleheader action Sunday, 8-7 and 8-5, losing the season series 1-3.
Princeton (17-17, 10-6) is now three games behind first place Cornell (13-3) in the Gehrig Division. Following a midweek meeting with Rider on Wednesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m., the Tigers will face the Big Red in its final Ivy series of the year on Friday, April 27 and Sunday, April 29. The weekend series will be a battle to represent the division in the Ivy League Championship Series.
A late rally by the Tigers was not enough, as Columbia put together one of its own in the bottom of the seventh to edge Princeton 8-7 in game one action.
Columbia countered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame and made it a 5-3 game with a lone run in the second.
In the third, Sam Mulroy hit a one-out double to center field and was advanced on a wild pitch. Tyler Servais, who led the Princeton offense going 3-for-3, followed with an RBI single through the left side to bring Princeton with in a run, 5-4.
Alec Keller came in and pinch hit in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Keller hit an RBI sacrifice fly to even the score. Princeton took control of the game off a John Mishu two-out RBI single in the sixth and Blake Thomsen made it a 7-5 game in the seventh with an RBI double.
Michael Fagan came in to pitch the seventh for the Tigers, but things quickly unraveled for Princeton. Following consecutive walks, Billy Rumpke evened the game 7-7 with an RBI single up the middle. With two outs and the bases loaded, a Fagan wild pitch sent home the game-winner for the Lions.
In the game, Mulroy had a pair of hits and runs and a walk, and Mishu was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI.
Princeton was forced to play catch up from the opening frame and a three-run Columbia seventh inning would be too much to overcome as the Tigers fell 8-5 in the series finale.
The Lions jumped out with a 2-0 lead in the first, but a Harrington sacrifice fly would cut Columbia's advantage in half, 2-1, in the second. In the bottom half of the frame, the Lions added to their lead with two runs.
Down 4-1, Princeton worked to cut down its deficit in the third inning. With runners on first and second, Harrington hit an RBI single to cut Columbia's lead in half again, but the Lions added a lone run in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 5-2 game.
After two scoreless frames, Servais led off the sixth with a home run to right field and Keller made it a one-run game, 5-4, capitalizing on a Matt Bowman run down between first and second base.
Despite coming with in range, Columbia remained in control of the game, adding three runs in the seventh.
Andrew Whitener hit an RBI groundout in the eighth, but Princeton was unable to further close in on Columbia's lead.
Servais was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs and an RBI, while Bowman and Mike Ford each had a pair of hits in the game.