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By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/15/2013
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Princeton will host Lehigh Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two games.
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Princeton will host its final non-league twinbill of the regular season Wednesday when Lehigh visits for two games beginning at 3 p.m.

Princeton (21-15, 6-6 Ivy) vs. Lehigh (23-14-1, 9-3 Patriot)
Wednesday, April 17, 3 p.m. doubleheader at Class of 1895 Field, Princeton, N.J.
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All-time series: Princeton leads 30-13
Streak: Lehigh 2 overall, Princeton 1 in Princeton
Last meeting: On April 18, 2012, Lehigh won a pair of two-run games, 3-1 and 2-0, in Bethlehem. Alex Peyton and Meredith Brown took the defeats in the circle for Princeton. Current Lehigh senior Rebecca Bliss limited the Tigers to two hits in the nightcap, while Cara Worden had two of Princeton's six hits against Lehigh's Emily Bausher and Kelsey Lee in the first game.
At the plate: Princeton is outhitting Lehigh .308 to .273 this season.
Top hitters: Alyssa Schmidt (39-99, .394) is Princeton's top hitter, while Morgan Decker (42-102, .412) leads the Mountain Hawks in batting average.
In the circle: Princeton's staff ERA is 2.89, Lehigh's is 2.03.
Top pitchers: Alex Peyton (6-6) has thrown a team-high 85 1/3 innings for Princeton, accruing a 2.62 ERA. Rebecca Bliss (13-6, 1.91) leads Lehigh in innings, throwing 121 of the team's 259 frames.

• Lehigh will be Princeton's final non-Ivy opponent of the regular season. After Wednesday, Princeton will host Columbia for four games Saturday and Sunday while Penn travels to Cornell. The weekend will be essential to Princeton's hopes of catching the Quakers (10-2 Ivy), who lead Princeton (6-6 Ivy), Columbia and Cornell each by four games.

• After hitting three home runs over the weekend, Alex Peyton is approaching some record home-run totals. Her single-season total of nine is a career high, and it's only five short of the Princeton record of 14 held by Melissa Finley '05, Jamie Lettire '10 and Kelsey Quist '10.

• On the career list, Peyton's three home runs over the weekend gave her 22 as a Tiger, good for a fifth-place tie. Her next home run will move her past Linda Smolka '89 and behind only Jamie Lettire '10 (38), Melissa Finley '05 (37), Kelsey Quist '10 (37), and Kathryn Welch '09 (30).

• From the series opener in 1985 through 1996, Princeton was 20-1 against Lehigh. Since the resumption of the series in 2003, Lehigh leads 12-10.

• Lisa Sweeney will become the second of Princeton's five all-time coaches to coach the Tigers against her alma mater when the Mountain Hawks visit. Cindy Cohen, who coached Princeton from 1983-2000, faced her alma mater Temple 33 times.

• Sweeney pitched Lehigh into three NCAA regionals, winning at least one game each time. She was a four-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year for the Mountain Hawks.

• Princeton has seven hitters batting better than .300 this season, while Lehigh has three such players. All three of those Mountain Hawks are batting at least .370, including Rosie Roessel (.370), Alexis Watanabe (.381) and Morgan Decker (.412).

• Lehigh is strong in the circle, with each of its two main arms boasting an ERA better than 2.00. Emily Bausher, a New Egypt, N.J. native who will be playing closer to home Wednesday, is 9-6 with a 1.78 ERA while Rebecca Bliss is 13-6 with a 1.91 ERA.

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