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Baseball Wins Season Series vs. Penn, Sweeps Quakers Sunday

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/14/2013
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Alec Keller hit the game-winning homer in the 10th to guide the Tigers to the sweep.
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Box Score: Game One
Box Score: Game Two

The Princeton baseball team took over sole possession of second place in the Gehrig Division by winning the season series versus Penn. The Tigers swept the Quakers Sunday, easily commanding a 7-1 game one victory, before needing 10th inning Alec Keller heroics to finish off Penn 7-6.

The extra inning victory marks the first of the year for Princeton and is its second Ivy series win on the year.

Turning Point of the Game: First inning offensive success propelled the Tigers to their 7-1 game one victory. With the first two batters reaching on hits, Penn committed consecutive errors to open Princeton’s scoring. An Alex Flink sacrifice fly and a Nate Baird RBI single put the Tigers up 3-0 and it would be enough to carry them for the remainder of the game. Princeton managed to add four insurance runs, while Mike Ford pitched a two-hitter.

After leading 6-3 entering the ninth in game two, things unraveled for starting pitcher Cameron Mingo. The freshman got the first two batters out, but the next four would reach to open a three-run inning for Penn.

With things knotted 6-6 and two outs in the top of the 10th, Keller sent the game-winning home run over the center field fence to put Princeton up for good, 7-6. Reliever Danny Thomson worked around a two-out walk to close out the game.

Player of the Game: Mike Ford was nearly flawless in game one, as he went seven strong to guide the Tigers to a 7-1 complete game victory. The righty retired Penn’s first 12 batters, before giving up two hits and a run in the fifth. It would be the only inning Penn put base runners on.

Along with improving to 4-0 at the plate, Ford finished the day 3-for-7 with four runs, four RBI and two walks. In the series finale, he hit a double in the first and a two-run bomb in the sixth to put the Tigers up 6-2.

Pitcher of the Game: Sophomore reliever Thomson earned his first career victory in game two. After Princeton conceded its lead in the bottom of the ninth, the righty got out of the frame forcing a pop out for the final out. He tossed the 10th, tallying a strikeout and a walk. Thomson went 1.1 hitless innings to improve to 1-2 on the year.

Batter of the Game: When the Tigers needed a clutch at-bat it was Keller who delivered. The team’s leadoff batter slammed a two-out solo home run over the center fielder fence to prop Princeton to a 7-6 lead in the 10th in game two.

The center fielder went 4-for-9 with three runs, two RBI and a walk on the day.

Honorable Mention: Despite coming up with the no decision, game two starter Mingo held his own until the ninth. He finished tossing a season-high seven strikeouts. Mingo had limited the Quakers to five hits and one earned run prior to the ninth, and finished going 8.2 innings with eight hits, four earned runs and two walks.

Gehrig Division Breakdown: Princeton improves to 11-21, 8-4 Ivy with the Sunday sweep. Columbia is amidst its series finale versus Cornell and sits in first place at 8-3 in the division.

On Deck: The Tigers head to St. John’s for a final non-conference road game on Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 6 p.m. in Queens, N.Y. Following the midweek meeting, Princeton hosts a four-game series versus Columbia at Clarke Field from Apr. 20-21.

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