Penn pulverizes Princeton, advances to NCAA tourney

The baseball team trounced the Tigers 16-3 on Monday to earn their first berth in the NCAA Tournament in 28 years.

Group photograph of the Penn Men's baseball team holding a championship banner
Image: Penn Athletics

The baseball team opened up a 13-0 lead in the first four innings of Monday’s Ivy League Tournament Championship Game against Princeton at Tommy Lasorda Field at Meiklejohn Stadium, en route to a dominating 16-3 victory and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, their first since 1995.

The Quakers beat Columbia 10-6 on Friday and Harvard 10-7 on Sunday to set up the showdown with the Tigers.

After third-year third baseman Wyatt Henseler reached base on balls in the top of the first, and advanced to second on a passed ball, fourth-year first baseman Ben Miller batted him in with a double down the left-field line. Princeton was held scoreless in the bottom of the first and Penn held a 1-0 advantage.

With two outs in the top of the third, Henseler doubled to left field, putting himself in scoring position. The Tigers then intentionally walked Miller and hit first-year shortstop Davis Baker with a pitch, loading the bases. Up next was first-year right fielder Jarrett Pokrovsky, who hit a grand slam down the left-field line, putting the Quakers ahead 5-0.

Princeton pitchers unraveled in the fourth inning. Fourth-year center fielder Seth Werchan was walked and fourth-year second baseman Cole Palis, Henseler, and Miller were each hit by pitches, which scored Werchan.

Jarrett Pokrovsky stares down opposing pitcher during 2022- 2023 season
First-year right fielder Jarrett Pokrovsky was named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. (Image: Penn Athletics)

Palis scored on a balk, Henseler scored on a fielding error, first-year left fielder Ryan Taylor hit a two-run RBI single, and Pokrovsky, Taylor, and Werchan scored on bases-loaded walks.

The Red & Blue scored eight runs in the inning. The Tigers were blanked in the bottom of the fourth and Penn held a 13-0 lead.

Penn added three more runs in the top of the fifth; Princeton sprinkled two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the bottom of the ninth.

Pokrovsky was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He batted .467 (7-15) across the three games with five runs scored, a home run, and six RBIs. Baker, Henseler, Pokrovsky, and fourth-year pitcher Brian Zeldin were selected to the All-Tournament Team.

The NCAA Tournament features 64 teams in 16 different four-team regions, with teams seeded one through four to compete in a double-elimination format. The final eight teams advance to the College World Series. On Monday, May 29, the Quakers (32-14) will find out their opponent during the NCAA Championship Selection Show at noon on ESPN2. Play begins on Friday, June 2.