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Baseball Splits Twinbill with Columbia Friday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/20/2012
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Zak Hermans threw six strikeouts and improved to 5-2 on the year at Columbia Friday.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

The Princeton baseball team split doubleheader action Friday at Columbia to open the four-game series. The Tigers dropped a 4-1 decision to open the series, before responding with a 5-2 victory to conclude the twinbill.

Game One

Columbia held a 9-4 hitting advantage, as the Lions defeated the Tigers 4-1 to kick off the series.

After seeing its first six batters retired and Columbia take a 2-0 lead, Princeton saw its first base runners in the top of the third. Blake Thomsen and Alex Flink were dealt consecutive one-out walks, and the bases were loaded off an Alec Keller infield single. The Tigers were unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunity, as Matt Bowman hit into a double play.

Two frames later, Princeton again loaded the bases with one out, but the Tigers were unable to capitalize and break up the shutout.

Following 4.5 scoreless innings, Columbia doubled its lead with a pair of sixth inning runs to hold a 4-0 advantage heading into the final frame of the game.

In the seventh, the Tigers loaded bases with one out for the third time in the game. This time a Bowman fielder's choice sent home Princeton's only run in the game.

The loss marked pitcher Mike Ford's (3-4) first in Ivy play. He had a pair of strikeouts in the game.

Game Two

Princeton's offense picked up in game two, as the Tigers defeated Columbia 5-2 to conclude day one action of the two-day series.

The game was a pitcher's duel over the first three frames, as the only recorded base runner during that span was due to Lion fielding error. In the fourth, Sam Mulroy singled up the middle and was advanced on a wild pitch, but Columbia's pitcher Tim Giel managed to get out of the inning before Princeton could strike first.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Lions broke up the scoreless draw with a pair of runs on two hits.

Steve Harrington led off the fifth with a double and was advanced to third on a Tyler Servais grounder. Designated hitter Ryan Albert cut Columbia's lead in half, 2-1, with an RBI double.

While starting pitcher Zak Hermans dealt Columbia a 1-2-3 fifth inning, Princeton's offense took control of the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. Bowman reached on a leadoff error and was scored during John Mishu's ensuing at bat. Mishu hit an RBI double to left field and advanced to third on an error. Ford made it a 3-2 game with his RBI single through the right side.

With runners on second and third, Princeton added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Harrington, who went 2-for-4, with two RBI and a run, sent both runners home with his second double of the game.

Pitcher Hermans (5-2) threw 8.0 innings for the Tigers, tallying six strikeouts in 32 batters faced. Ryan Makis came in and pitched the ninth, earning his first save of the year off a 1-2-3 inning.

Princeton (17-15, 11-4 Ivy) remains in second place in the Gehrig Division, as Cornell swept Penn to improve 13-2 in conference play. The Tigers and Lions (15-22, 7-7 Ivy) conclude the series on Saturday, April 21. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.


 

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