The Princeton baseball team opens Ivy League Gehrig Division action this weekend with a four-game series versus Penn from April 14-15. First pitch between the Tigers (13-12, 6-2 Ivy) and Quakers (14-13, 5-3 Ivy) is slated for 12 noon on both Saturday and Sunday. This weekend's series is pivotal, as Princeton and Penn are No. 2 and 3 in the division, respectively.
Last Time Out: A Mike Ford walk-off RBI single guided Princeton to a 5-4 10th inning victory over Seton Hall on April 10. In a battle to control the scoreboard, the Tigers earned their first extra inning victory of the season behind Ford's two-out knock.
Bowman Named Ivy Pitcher of the Week: Princeton right-handed pitcher Matt Bowman threw a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Brown Bears en route to an 8-0 victory on April 8. Bowman (3-2), who has won consecutive games, scattered six hits in 30 batters faced in his first complete game shutout of the year.
On the season, Bowman has started six games on the mound, throwing two complete games. Over 36.2 innings, he's thrown 39 strikeouts and has a 4.42 ERA.
Donatiello Earns First Career Win: Freshman Nick Donatiello earned his first career victory on the mound in Princeton's 5-4 10 inning win over Seton Hall. The rookie has seven strikeouts on the year, throwing one over 2.0 innings of work versus the Pirates. During that span, he allowed only three hits in 10 batters faced. He is the only newcomer to earn a victory on the rubber this year.
Gehrig Division: The Tigers are No. 2 in the Gehrig Division entering this weekend, one-game behind Cornell (7-1). Tied for third are Penn and Columbia. All four teams in the division are above .500 on the year.
In the League: Currently, Alec Keller is No. 2 in the Ivy League in batting average, No. 4 in hits and No. 7 in on base percentage, while Sam Mulroy is in the top-10 in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, RBI, home runs, total bases, hit by pitch and stolen bases. John Mishu is tied for: fifth in RBI, first in triples and fifth in home runs. On the mound, Mike Ford and Zak Hermans are in the top-10 in ERA, and Matt Bowman and Hermans are in the top-10 in strikeouts.
Scouting Penn: After splitting its weekend on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard, Penn enters this weekend's series following an 11-14 midweek loss to La Salle. The Quakers (14-13, 5-3 Ivy) are 6-5 on the road this season and their offense is led by Greg Zebrack, who's 34-for-90 (.378) in 26 starts. Zebrack is one of the top batters in the Ivy League, holding No. 3 and No. 1 rankings in batting average and slugging percentage, respectively.
On the mound, Vince Voiro (4-2) has a league-leading 2.18 ERA over 45.1 innings pitched. Voiro has struck out 42 batters, tying him for first in the conference, while allowing 44 hits in seven appearances. This weekend, Cody Thomson and Matt Gotschall will pitch on Saturday and Vioro and Sam Horn will throw on Sunday.