Despite coming within two runs twice, an early St. John's lead was too much to overcome for the Princeton baseball team in Wednesday's nonconference meeting. The Tiger offense struggled to find its rhythm, as the Red Storm handed Princeton an 8-4 loss.
After giving up a 4-0 lead in the first two frames, the Tigers cut down St. John's advantage in the third. Sam Mulroy was dealt a leadoff walk and advanced during Mike Ford's at bat, who was hit by a pitch. Princeton cut SJU's lead in half behind a pair of consecutive RBI groundouts from Steve Harrington and Ryan Albert.
From that point forward it was a defensive battle between both sides, as reliever A.J. Goetz got out of a bases loaded jam to end a third inning St. John's rally. Princeton's offense was unable to find its footing at the plate, as the only base runner was due to a walk between the fourth through sixth innings.
The Red Storm added to their lead with solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
In the seventh, Princeton got its first runner in scoring position since the third frame. With two outs, Blake Thomsen was walked and advanced on a Jonathan York infield single. Both runners were advanced on the play due to a throwing error on St. John's pitcher Kevin Kilpatrick. Tom Boggiano then hit a two-run double that glided down the left field line to the corner to make it a 6-4 game.
Center fielder Boggiano went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a walk in his return to the lineup after missing much of the year due to injury.
The Tigers would only manage to get as close at two runs, as St. John's responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the eighth to hold an 8-4 lead heading into the final frame.
Nate Baird hit a two-out triple to deep center field in the ninth, but the Tigers were unable to capitalize in their final offensive opportunity.
Princeton (16-14) next heads to Columbia for a four-game series from April 20-21.