Princeton Sweeps Doubleheader from Penn on Senior Day

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – With an opportunity to clinch a share of the Gehrig Division title, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by Princeton Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Tigers won a marathon Game 1, 7-3 in 10 innings and took the nightcap, 10-6.

Game 1 saw a valiant pitching effort by senior Doug Brown (2-5) in his final start at home. Brown pitched into the 10th inning and allowed just four runs. He struck out seven and allowed no free passes in the gutsy performance.

In the second, Spencer Lucian doubled with one out. He came in to score on a single by Adrian Turnham. Brian Berkham then slamed a two-run homer the opposite way for a 3-0 Tigers lead.

Princeton (12-21, 8-8 Ivy) starter David Hale kept Penn (19-15, 11-7 Ivy) off the scoreboard until the sixth when the Quakers’ bats finally woke up. Joey Boaen and William Gordon started the inning with singles. Gordon singled to short stop Dan DeGeorge, who threw the ball away trying to get Boaen at second. The error allowed Boaen to move up to third to put runners on the corners. Up stepped Kyle Armeny, arguably one of Penn’s hottest hitters. Armeny missed a home run by just a few feet; crushing the ball off the top of the center field fence to tie the score at 3-3. That marked the end of Hale’s day as Brad Gemberling (2-0) recorded all three outs in the sixth.

Princeton threatened in the seventh, getting the go-ahead run to third with one out, but Brown bared down and struck out the next two batters to retire the side. The Quakers got the winning run on in the bottom of the seventh, but could not muster any offense, sending the game to extra innings.

In the home half of the eighth, Penn had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded and one out, but Gemberling got Jeff Cellucci to ground into an inning ending double play. Princeton moved the winning run to third once again in the ninth, and once again, Brown squashed the Tigers threat with a strike out.

With a pitch count that was approaching 130, Brown went back out for the 10th inning. After allowing a lead off double to DeGeorge, Brown’s day was over and he walked off the mound to a standing ovation. John Cole called on Andy Console, who walked the first batter he faced, Greg Van Horn. Aaron Prince then laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third base side of the pitcher’s mound that Console bobbled and then threw away at first. DeGeorge scored the go-ahead run and Van Horn advanced to third. The Tigers went on to score three more runs in the inning to go ahead, 7-3.

Gemberling retired the side in order in the bottom of the 10th to end the game. He pitched five scoreless innings in relief while allowing just one hit.

Penn rebounded early on in Game 2, taking a 6-0 lead. In the first, Alex Nwaka laced a double to center with the bases loaded that drove in two runs. The Quakers plated their third run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Toffaletti.

The Red and Blue found themselves with the bases loaded again in the fourth and this time with no outs. Penn scored three runs without hitting a ball out of the infield and took a 6-0 lead on the Tigers.

Princeton would go on to score 10 unanswered runs over the final four innings. The Tigers scored one run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to pull within two runs. Princeton got to Joe Thornton for four runs in his 6 1/3 innings. After giving up a triple to Prince that scored two runs, Thornton’s day was over. Reid Terry gave up a single to Sal Iacono that scored Prince. That is all Terry allowed in his 2/3 of an inning.

Penn had chances in the seventh and eighth, but Princeton starter, Eric Walz (3-0) saw his way out of both jams. In the eighth, Gordon (2-1) came in from shortstop to pitch. After retiring the first batter, he allowed the next three to reach base and issued a bases loaded walk. A sacrifice fly by Iacono tied the game a 6-6.

In the 10th, Lucian reached on an error and came around to score an a double by Andrew Doupe for the go-ahead run. The Tigers tacked on three more runs to go up four runs.

Walz allowed just a one-out single to Josh Corn in the ninth. He retired the next two batters for the complete game victory.

Penn will now head to Cornell on Tuesday for a very important makeup doubleheader. The game time has yet to be announced. Penn, Cornell and Princeton are all still alive in the Gehrig Division race. Columbia was eliminated from contention on Sunday.