The men’s baseball team split their four-game series against Navy this past weekend. While the team lost its first encounter, the Tigers bounced back to snatch the next two games, operating behind stellar pitching from junior Ben Gross and freshman James Proctor. However, the Tigers were unable to clinch the series as Navy edged out the Tigers in a tight closing match.
Last year, the Tigers carried out a dream season. The 2016 Princeton squad saw themselves rise from 7-32 overall and 4-16 in the Ancient Eight to Ivy League Champions. They also earned a coveted NCAA spot that year.
This year, the Tigers undoubtedly hope to recreate the magic of last season. While the team has had a rough start, having yet to win a series, the Tigers are hopeful that their season will turn around. Indeed, the 2016 squad also struggled before finding their groove in conference play.
The Tigers have managed to keep the core of their team this season, returning five of the seven all-conference players from last year. This includes senior Chad Powers, who has unanimously been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. However, the Tigers will undoubtedly be missing their former infielder Danny Hoy, who left Princeton in the top ten of the Ivy League in terms of runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, and total runs.
The Princeton team will continue their season this Wednesday with a match against Seton Hall. This will be the last non-conference game before the Tigers start conference play. The Orange and Black will next open the Ivy League season with a weekend doubleheader against the Yale Bulldogs and the Brown Bears.