Despite both sides recording five hits apiece, the Princeton
baseball team was unable to find momentum at the plate and fell 6-0 to Maryland
in its 2013 season opener.
The series continues between the Tigers (0-1) and Terrapins
(6-3) on Saturday in doubleheader action in College Park, Md. First pitch is
slated for 12 noon.
In the top of the third with two outs, Alec Keller was
walked and advanced to third on a balk and a wild pitch, but Princeton was
unable to break up the scoreless draw. He would be the only Tiger base runner
to advance past second for the remainder of the game.
Senior Zak Hermans' tossed two scoreless frames and struck
out a pair before things unraveled in the bottom of the third. The righty gave
up four consecutive walks and Maryland scored the eventual game-winning run.
Over four innings, Hermans threw five strikeouts and
conceded only the lone earned run.
Sophomore Danny Thomson relieved Hermans in the fifth, but
it was Maryland to add more run support during his stint. The Terrapins added
five more runs versus Thomson, including a two-run homer his second batter into
his three-inning outing.
Princeton only managed two hits between the fifth through
Making their Princeton debut in the starting lineup were
freshmen Billy Arendt and Danny Hoy. Arendt started at shortstop and hit a
double in his first career at bat in the second, while Hoy served as the
Tigers' leadoff batter and played at second base. He had a pair of walks and a
singled in his first at bat.