Off to their best record through 14 games since 2005, the Princeton softball team will stay in the Mid-Atlantic this week and this weekend as it plays its final games before the Ivy season begins Mar. 30.
Princeton will begin the remainder of its spring break week against Georgetown with a 4 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday. Wednesday will bring Princeton to James Madison for a 3 p.m. twinbill, and Thursday will conclude the midweek games with a single contest at George Washington at 3 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Princeton will play games at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at a Delaware State-hosted tournament in Dover, Del., against Colgate and Lafayette Friday and Lafayette and Delaware State Saturday.
Here is a primer on the Tigers and each of their opponents this week:
Record entering week: 10-4
Hits leader: Alyssa Schmidt (20-39, .513)
Team BA: .349
Innings leader: Alex Peyton (2-3, 2.41 ERA, 32.0 IP)
Team ERA: 2.37
Standout stat: The Tigers have out-homered their opponents 18-4 this season.
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 4 p.m. doubleheader in Washington, D.C.
Record entering week: 5-20
All-time vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 3-0, including a neutral-site win in 2009 and a twinbill sweep in 2011.
Hits leader: Samantha Giovanniello (26-87, .299)
Team BA: .227
Innings leader: Megan Hyson (2-10, 4.73 ERA, 77.0 IP)
Team ERA: 4.98
Standout stat: Opposing pitchers have just a 2.31 ERA against the Hoyas this season.
Wednesday, Mar. 20, 3 p.m. doubleheader in Harrisonburg, Va.
Record entering week: 16-7
All-time vs. Princeton: Tied 1-1, neutral-site games in 2005 and 2008.
Hits leader: Erica Field (28-73, .384)
Team BA: .309
Innings leader: Jailyn Ford (7-1, 1.81 ERA, 58.0 IP)
Team ERA: 2.29
Standout stat: James Madison's staff ERA of 2.29 has translated to an opposing BA of just .229.
Thursday, Mar. 21, 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
Record entering week: 11-11
All-time vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 1-0, a win at GW in 2011.
Hits leaders: Carlee Gray (24-63, .381) and Victoria Valos (24-68, .353)
Team BA: .252
Innings leader: Courtney Martin (5-6, 2.02 ERA, 76.1 IP)
Team ERA: 2.63
Standout stat: The Colonials are on a school-record six-game win streak entering the week.
Friday, Mar. 22, 9 a.m. in Dover, Del.
Record entering week: 1-13
All-time vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 6-1, last meeting in 1992
Hits leader: Alana Dyson (18-43, .419)
Team BA: .228
Innings leader: Courtney O'Connell (1-6, 4.51 ERA, 40.1 IP)
Team ERA: 4.31
Standout stat: Opponents are outhitting the Raiders .330 to .228.
Friday, Mar. 22, 2 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 23, 9 a.m. in Dover, Del.
Record entering week: 3-8
All-time vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 8-2, last meeting in 2010
Hits leader: Madeline Allen (8-23, .348)
Team BA: .174
Innings leader: Melissa Robinson (2-6, 5.10, 46.2 IP)
Team ERA: 6.89
Standout stat: Opposing pitchers have a 1.48 ERA against the Leopards.
Saturday, Mar. 23, 2 p.m. in Dover, Del.
Record entering week: 4-14
All-time vs. Princeton: First meeting
Hits leader: Jessica Madrid (22-57, .386)
Team BA: .261
Innings leader: Jennifer Fischbach (3-5, 3.61 ERA, 42.2 IP)
Team ERA: 4.69
Standout stat: Opposing teams have out-homered the Hornets 19-3.