PRINCETON (4/3/10) - The Princeton baseball team kicked off the Ivy League season at home on Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with Harvard at Clarke Field. Princeton won the opener 4-3 on Noel Gonzales-Luna's walk-off single in the 12th inning, while the Crimson took the nightcap 4-2.
Game 1 (Box Score)
The opening game, scheduled for seven innings, took 12 before Princeton won in walk-off fashion. Harvard too a 3-2 lead in the top of the 12th inning, but the Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th and then Gonzales-Luna provided the winning hit.
After three scoreless innings, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning by stringing together three hits, all with two outs. First Brandon Englert notched Princeton's first hit of the afternoon when he doubled to left center. He then scored when Jon Broscious singled up the middle and Broscious came home on a John Mishu triple that rolled to the wall in left center.
The Crimson got both runs back an inning later as Kyle Larrow drove in a run with a groundout and Dillon O'Neill plated a run with a double.
Pitching and defense took over from there as neither team scored over the next six innings. Princeton loaded the bases in the sixth inning chasing Harvard starter Conner Hulse from the game, but reliever Will Keuper came on for the final out and ended up pitching six no-hit innings of relief.
Harvard eventually went ahead with a single run in the 12th inning as Jeff Reynolds hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on a fielder's choice, sliding into home just ahead of a tag attempt.
Princeton rallied back though in the bottom of the inning as a leadoff single from Mishu and consecutive walks to Alex Flink and Matt Bowman loaded the bases for Gonzales-Luna, who sent the first pitch he saw through the left side to scored tying and winning runs and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Dan Barnes went nine-plus innings for Princeton and allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out seven batters. Matt Grabowski earned the win, allowing one run in three innings of relief.
Joey Novak took the loss for the Crimson. He came on the 12th and walked both batters he faced.
Game 2 (Box Score)
The Crimson rebounded for a 4-2 win in the nightcap, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and never trailing in the game. Princeton would get within one on two occasions, but could not draw even.
Harvard went ahead on the fourth when Tyler Albright drew a one-out walk and Sean O'Hara followed by homering to left field. Harvard loaded the bases after the homer, but Princeton starter David Palms was able to get out of the inning with no further damage.
Princeton got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Broscious hit a leadoff double and later scored on a Flink single. The teams then traded single runs in the sixth inning. Harvard got a run when Larrow doubled home Albright, and Princeton answered in the bottom of the inning on a Broscious solo homer, his seventh of the season. Harvard added its final run in the eighth inning when Albright scored a run on a squeeze play.
Palms went six innings in the loss and allowed three runs on 10 hits for the loss. Kevin Link pitched three innings and allowed an unearned run while striking out four. Eric Eadington earned the win with eight hits and two runs in eight innings.
Princeton is now 6-14 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League. The Tigers will continue their season-opening home weekend on Sunday against Dartmouth.