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Harvard Sweeps Twinbill from Softball

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/31/2012
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Alex Peyton blasted home runs on back-to-back days over the weekend.
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PRINCETON - Harvard swept Saturday's doubleheader from the Princeton softball team, 6-5 and 8-0, to end the opening weekend of Ivy League play.

The wins improve the Crimson to 15-8 on the season and 3-1 in the Ivy League, while the Tigers fall to 5-18 overall and 2-2 in the league after sweeping Dartmouth Friday.

Game 1: Harvard 6, Princeton 5

Princeton had the bases loaded with a three-run deficit and one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Harvard held the rally to two runs to escape with a 6-5 win in Saturday's opener.

Harvard built the lead thanks to a Whitney Shaw grand slam in the third inning before the Crimson added another in the fifth on a Kasey Lange RBI single to take a 5-0 lead.

Princeton made it 5-3 one run at a time in the fifth, getting an RBI double from Alyssa Schmidt, a run-scoring groundout from Kelsey VandeBergh and a solo home run from Alex Peyton, her fifth on the year.

Harvard got what became the decisive run in the top of the seventh, moving Jane Alexander around the bases for a Lange sacrifice fly and a 6-3 lead.

Singles by Nicole Ontiveros and VandeBergh and a walk to Peyton loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with one out, setting up a two-run single by Cara Worden to make it a 6-5 game. A groundout and a called third strike ended the rally for Princeton and made a winner of Rachel Brown (9-4), who gave up five hits and walked a pair while striking out 12.

Peyton (2-8) gave up eight hits and a walk, striking out three.

Game 2: Harvard 8, Princeton 0

Harvard broke the nightcap open late with four runs in the seventh, and Laura Ricciardone limited Princeton to five hits and a walk in picking up the 8-0 win.

Ten of Harvard's 12 hits were singles as the Crimson slowly built a lead that became 4-0 in the fifth. Princeton freshman Meredith Brown, whose older sister Rachel Brown picked up the win for Harvard in the opener, threw the final two innings in relief of Liza Kuhn (2-7).

Candy Button and Alex Peyton each had two of Princeton's five hits in game two.

The Tigers will have two days away from competition before hosting Seton Hall (17-17) for a pair Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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Friday
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- 7:00 PM
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Saturday
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- 10:00 AM
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22
Sunday
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27
Friday
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- 11:30 AM
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- 4:00 PM
February
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Saturday
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vs. Long Island (UCF Tournament)
- 9:30 AM
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- 11:30 AM
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Sunday
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Saturday
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- 1:15 PM
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- 3:30 PM
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15
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- 10:00 AM
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- 12:15 PM
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17
Tuesday
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- 4:00 PM
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- 6:00 PM
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18
Wednesday
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- 3:00 PM
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- 5:00 PM
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19
Thursday
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- 5:00 PM
March
20
Friday
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- 12:15 PM
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at Liberty (Liberty Tournament)
- 7:30 PM
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21
Saturday
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vs. North Carolina Central (Liberty Tournament)
- 10:00 AM
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- 2:30 PM
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