Dartmouth, Princeton Clinch Baseball Championship Series Berths, Tigers to Host
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth clinched its fourth consecutive Rolfe Division title and Princeton claimed the Gehrig Division with the League's best record, pitting the two teams against each other for the 2011 Ivy League Baseball Championship Series on May 7 and 8 on the Tigers' Clarke Field.
Holding a four-game lead over Penn headed into the final weekend of Ivy League play, Princeton's Friday split with Cornell secured the Division title, but hosting rights hung in the air until Sunday's outcomes. The Tigers wrapped up the regular-season with a doubleheader sweep of the Big Red in Ithaca, completing the 20-game Ivy season with a League-best 15-5 record.
That mark outdid Dartmouth (14-6) by just one win as the Big Green concluded Ivy play with a four-game sweep of Harvard, including a 10-8 come-from-behind win in Sunday's nightcap.
The best-of-three championship series winner receives the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The teams will open with a doubleheader at Princeton's Clarke Field on Saturday, May 7 beginning at noon. The if-neccessary third game will be played Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m.
Niether team is a stranger to the Ivy League Championship Series as this marks the Tigers' League-leading 11th appearance, though their first since 2006, when they swept Harvard to advnace to the NCAA Tournament. Princeton also tied Cornell for the Gehrig Division in 2009, but was defeated, 9-0, in a one-game playoff as the Big Red advanced to the championship series.
This marks Dartmouth's seventh all-time appearance and fourth straight in the championship series. The Big Green will be in the hunt for its third straight series win, having defeated Cornell in 2009 and Columbia in 2010.