Baseball Tripped Up in Doubleheader at Princeton

Baseball Tripped Up in Doubleheader at Princeton

Fallon led the Crimson with four hits over the two games (Rob Foldy).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Taking the field for its second doubleheader in as many days, Harvard baseball dropped a pair of games to Princeton, 4-1 and 14-5, on Sunday at Clarke Field. Harvard fell to 7-14 overall and 0-4 in Ivy play while Princeton improved to 11-10 on the season with a 4-0 mark to start the conference slate.

Game One- L, 4-1

The Tigers jumped out to an early advantage in the first frame, and the Crimson could not recover to claim game one. Four Harvard hitters tallied hits in the contest, with freshman Ben Skinner connecting on his second home run of the season to lead the way.

The Harvard pitching gave up only two hits in the game, but surrendered six walks over the six innings pitched. Sophomore Ian Miller got the start, scattering the pair of hits over 3.2 innings with three strikeouts, and senior Shaun Rubin pitched a perfect 2.1 innings to close the game with two punchouts.

Princeton got out to a 3-0 lead in the first after an RBI single and two-run homer, and added its fourth tally in the bottom of the third following an error.

Sophomore John Fallon, junior Drew Reid and sophomore Matt Rothenberg tallied hits for the Crimson in the middle innings, but Harvard did not put a run on the board until the top of the seventh when Skinner teed off over the left field fence to open the inning. The play marked Skinner's fifth RBI of the season.

Princeton starter Cameron Mingo was able to recover following the homer to record three outs in-a-row to give the Tigers the win.

Game Two- L, 14-5

Fallon tallied three hits and scored two runs in the second game of the doubleheader, but Princeton pulled ahead to sweep the doubleheader.

Rothenberg, freshman Patrick McColl and junior Josh Ellis drove in runs for Harvard, with Rothenberg recording the Crimson's lone extra-base hit of the day. Fallon extended his hitting streak to five games, and has reached base successfully in each of the last 14 contests.

Freshman Kevin Stone started on the mound for the Crimson, tallying a career-high seven strikeouts over 3.2 innings while allowing six hits and six runs.

The Tigers got on the board first in the bottom of the second with an RBI triple, but Harvard took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third after an RBI-single by Ellis and an RBI-double by Rothenberg. Fallon and Skinner rounded third to score on the plays.

Princeton tacked on 13 unanswered runs in the middle frames. McColl singled home Fallon and Rothenberg in the top of the eighth, and later scored himself after a Princeton error, but the Tigers held on to finish off the game.

Harvard baseball hosts Northeastern on Wednesday, April 6 in the first round of the Beanpot. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m., and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network