Baseball Sweeps Princeton, Moves to Second in Ivy League Standings

Baseball Sweeps Princeton, Moves to Second in Ivy League Standings

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard baseball team (19-17, 9-6 Ivy) re-wrote history today with a series sweep of the Princeton Tigers (10-20, 7-8 Ivy). The Crimson has not swept an Ivy League opponent since 2009, when the team defeated Cornell in a two-game series under the previous divisional format. The last time Harvard swept a divisional opponent was Brown in a four-game series in 2008. With the three wins, Harvard moves to second place in the Ivy League standings, tied with Columbia and two wins off first place Yale. 

Matt Rothenberg and Patrick McColl had the Tigers' number at the dish today, Rothenberg going three-for-four while scoring two runs and McColl connecting on two of five attempts along with three RBI.

Simon Rosenblum-Larson pitched three innings on three days rest but was able to total seven strikeouts while allowing just one walk, two hits and no earned runs. Enzo Stefanoni earned his first career win, holding down the mound for the final four innings, striking out two without allowing a single run or walk. 

Harvard 8, Princeton 3 (9 Innings) 

With two outs gone in the second, Hunter Bigge put the Crimson on the board with his third homer of the season, sending a bullet to center field. 

After Matt Rothenberg stole second, Patrick McColl sent a single to left field where Princeton bobbled the throw allowing Rothenberg to reach in the top of the third. Patrick Robinson's seventh double of the season and 21st RBI sent in Patrick McColl to make it 3-0 Crimson. 

On the back end of the third, Connor Nolan posted a two-out RBI double up the right field line to put Princeton on the board. 

The Tigers would tie the score in the sixth on consecutive at bats courtesy of a bases-loaded single from Joseph Flynn and a single to left field from Ramzi Haddad. 

After Buddy Mrowka advanced to third on Princeton's first error of the game, Devan Peterson sent a single to right field to bring him home and take back the lead for Harvard. Ivy League RBI leader Patrick McColl added two more to his season total on his team-leading 11th extra base hit of the season, driving in Devan Peterson and Matt Rothenberg

Princeton struggled to keep control in the eighth, allowing Jake Suddleson to score on a wild pitch and Tommy Seidl, unearned, on a Hunter Bigge sacrifice fly to right field. 

What's Next?
Harvard is set to make a quick turnaround, trekking to Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend to face Cornell.