Princeton University

Princeton Begins Gehrig Division Play at Penn This Weekend –

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton Tigers begin Ivy League Gehrig Division play this weekend with a four-game set at the Penn. Quakers on Saturday and Sunday. Each day will be a doubleheader set to begin at 12 p.m.
The Week That Was:

  • The Tigers took game one against Dartmouth last Saturday, 4-2. Conor Nolan had three hits to lead the Tigers while Nick Hernandez posted two knocks. Chris Giglio threw a quality start as he went six frames, scattering four hits, allowing two runs and striking out four.
  • Ryan Smith recorded his third save with a perfect inning in the seventh. The Tigers gave Dartmouth starter Michael Danielak his first loss of the season in six starts.
  • Princeton dropped a 7-6 decision in game two vs. Dartmouth.
  • The Tigers trailed by four runs at one point before a RBI single from Cody Phillips and two-run pinch-hit home run from Paul Tupper got Princeton within one.
  • Princeton managed to tie Harvard twice in game one on Sunday before a throwing error in the top of the seventh gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead. David Harding then cleared the bases with a double to put the exclamation point on the victory.
  • Harding finished with six RBI in the matchup, tied for the eighth-highest in a game in program history. Hernandez had three hits while Jesper 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.
  • A Baer sacrifice fly put the Tigers ahead in game two (2-1) vs. the Crimson for good.
  • 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 batter. Ryan Smith completed the eighth inning with a ground out.
  • Harding registered two more RBI with a double in the ninth to add on to the Tigers’ lead.
  • Smith gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame, but the Tigers held on for the 5-3 victory.

Offensive Firepower:

  • David Harding leads the team with a .329 average. He was recently named as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his nine RBI last week. His seven doubles are tied for ninth in the conference.
  • Nick Hernandez is the other Tiger hitting over .300 (.320). He leads the squad in slugging percentage (.454) and total bases (44). The senior is in the Ivy League’s top ten in hits and home runs (three).
  • Asher Lee-Tyson‘s two triples are tied for fourth in the Ivy League while Zack Belski‘s three home runs and 16 walks are tied for sixth in the conference.

 Freshman Impact:

  • It’s not just Harding who’s made an impact for the Tigers as a freshman.
  • Conor Nolan is third on the squad in hitting (.273) and has a .360 on-base percentage and a team-high nine steals.
  • Six of Ramzi Haddad‘s 15 hits have been for extra bases. He has scored seven runs and has seven RBI.

Pitching Staff:

  • Ben Gross‘ 1.46 ERA is the best in the Ivy League and 29th in all of Divison I.
  • Freshman James Proctor sits with a 4.02 ERA in six starts.
  • Chad Powers has 22 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.
  • Ryan Smith has appeared in 14 games and has four saves. In 26 innings, he has 28 strikeouts and 2.42 ERA.

Scouting Penn:

  • The Quakers are 14-14 on the season and 4-4 in the Ivy League. Penn is 8-1 at home.
  • Tim Graul’s .354 is tied for seventh in the Ivy League. His .431 on-base percentage is also the highest on the team.
  • Matt McGeagh has posted a .322/.376/.578 slash line this season. He has 15 extra base hits and 52 total bases.
  • Jake Cousins is the Quakers’ best starter with a 1.63 ERA in six starts.
  • Billy Lescher has a sparkling 1.31 ERA in 12 appearances out of the bullpen.
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