Rivet contained Princeton's offense for two innings, but the Tigers erupted in the third inning and never let up in handing the Patriots a 24-1 season-opening defeat in five innings at St. Vincent's Field on Wednesday.
The brightest spot for Rivet came in the final frame, when Kyle Daugherty reached on an error, and Jacob Campbell followed with a single for the Patriots' first hit of the game. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, and Daugherty took home on a wild pitch.
Rivet was hurt by nine errors. Daugherty was the losing pitcher, allowing 12 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits and five walks with a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings. Tommy Herman tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up 12 runs, three earned, on 12 hits and two walks with one strikeout.
It was the debut for Patriots' coach Steve Holka. He was satisfied with both of his pitchers, who were making their pitching debuts, but he knows his offense and defense can be better.
“Looking up at the scoreboard, it didn't seem like they were beating us that bad. It probably should have been a one-run game, at least through the first two innings,” Holka said. “The wind was terrible, and hopefully we don't see conditions like that the rest of the year, but there's definitely stuff for us to work on. Yes, we don't want seven walks in a game, but for the first time pitching for those guys, I have no problem with the way they threw. There are things that are correctable.
“They never hung their heads and quit, but we were outmatched. We're probably not going to see a pitcher like that all year. (Sean) Stone was throwing probably in the mid-80s, and we tried to battle. But we avoided the shutout, and I'm proud of them for showing some heart near the end.”
Stone struck out seven and walked three without allowing a hit in three innings.
Rivet is off until next Friday when they visit Loogootee for a Blue Chip Conference game at 5 p.m.
Princeton |306 96 — 24 21 2
Rivet |000 01 — 1 1 9
W-Stone. L-Kyle Daugherty. 2B-P, Briar Christy.