Harding’s Eight RBI Day Leads To Princeton Sweep Over Harvard – GoPrincetonTigers.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Princeton Tigers trailed in both games vs. the Harvard Crimson, but rallied with a 9-4 victory in game one and 5-3 win in game two at O’Donnell Field.
Princeton 9, Harvard 4
Much like a prized boxing match, each team threw stellar punches, but Princeton provided the knockout blow with a five-run seventh inning.
Harvard landed the first knock on a two-run home run from John Fallon in the bottom of the first inning. David Harding‘s sacrifice fly in the next half frame cut the Tigers’ deficit in half.
The Crimson responded with another tally on a RBI single from Drew Reid in the home half of the second inning, setting the score at 3-1.
Harding again came through for the Tigers as this two-run single tied the score at 3-all in the fourth inning…

It didn’t take very long for the Harvard counter as a RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth put the Crimson in front, 4-3.
In the next half stanza, Nick Hernandez ripped this home run that stayed just to the left of the foul pole to tie the Ivy League matchup for a second time.

Princeton put together a huge seventh frame to put the game away. A throwing error gave the Tigers its first lead of the game, 5-4. Four hitters later, Harding put the exclamation point on the comeback victory with this three-run double….

Jesper Horsted‘s RBI single added another insurance tally for Princeton. Ryan Smith struck out the last two hitters to lock down the win for the Tigers.
Harding finished with six RBI, tied for the eighth-highest in a game in program history. Nick Hernandez had three hits while Horsted, Danny Baer and Harding each had two hits in the contest. Eli Kimbell threw three shutout innings of relief, striking out three, earning his first career victory.
Princeton 5, Harvard 3
Just like the first game, Harvard jumped out in front on a RBI double from Patrick Robinson in the first inning.
In the third, the Tigers loaded the bases with one out, but a double play retired the side. Princeton finally broke through in the fourth. Zack Belski began the inning with a single and then move to second on a wild pitch. This Conor Nolan double would allow him to score and tie the game.

Nolan advanced to third on a wild pitch, which turned out to be a huge play, as Baer lifted a fly ball to center field that let him touch home and put Princeton ahead, 2-1.
Princeton starting pitcher Ben Gross was lights out after getting the lead. He sent down the Crimson in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, retiring 17 straight hitters before a single with two out in the eighth. He was pulled after walking the next hitter. Ryan Smith completed the eighth inning with a ground out.

In the ninth, Harding registered RBI numbers seven and eight on this two-run double with two out.

That double proved to be valuable as Jake Suddleson lined a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Smith recovered with back-to-back strikeouts to complete the sweep.
Six different Tigers had a hit in the contest, highlighted by Horsted’s two knocks. Ramzi Haddad walked three times, one shy of tying the single-game record.
Princeton improves to 9-18 overall and 5-3 in the Ivy League while Harvard drops to 12-15 this season and 1-7 in conference action. The Tigers get back at it next weekend as they travel to Penn., next Saturday (Apr. 15) and Sunday (Apr. 16). Both days will be doubleheaders that begin at 12 p.m.

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