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By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/18/2013
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Princeton will host Columbia this weekend as the Ivy race continues.
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Princeton (21-17, 6-6 Ivy) vs. Columbia (20-18, 6-6 Ivy)
Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21, 12:30 p.m. doubleheaders at Class of 1895 Field, Princeton, N.J.
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All-time series: Princeton leads 25-11
Streak: Columbia 1 overall, Princeton 1 in Princeton
Last meeting: On April 20 and 21, 2012, Princeton and Columbia split two doubleheaders in Manhattan. The first three games were decided by one or two runs, with neither team surpassing three runs in any of those games. The last game went to Columbia 8-2.
At the plate: Princeton is outhitting Columbia .300 to .285 this season.
Top hitters: Sophomore Alyssa Schmidt (40-103, .388) is Princeton's top hitter, while junior Emily Caruthers (43-120, .358) leads the Lions in batting average.
In the circle: Princeton's staff ERA is 2.93, Columbia's is 2.66.
Top pitchers: Senior Alex Peyton (6-6) has thrown a team-high 85 1/3 innings for Princeton, accruing a 2.62 ERA. Freshman Emily Kenyon (8-8, 2.58) leads Columbia in innings, throwing 108 2/3 of the team's 247 2/3 frames.

• Princeton, Columbia and Cornell are each four games behind Penn. The Quakers and the Big Red will meet for four games in Ithaca Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. each day.

• In last year's series with Columbia, Alex Peyton threw 15 1/3 of the team's 26 1/3 innings, going 1-1 with an 0.91 ERA in three appearances. Princeton's staff ERA in the series was 2.39.

• Nicole Ontiveros '12 led Princeton at the plate last year against Columbia, going 7 for 14 (.500). Tory Roberts is the leading returning hitter, going 5 for 14 (.375).

• Princeton out-hit Columbia .264 to .223 in the series last year.

• For the Lions, Brooke Darling had a stingy 0.35 ERA against Princeton last year, getting the decision in all four games (2-2). She threw 20 of the 28 innings. Darling is 8-7 with a 2.57 ERA this season overall.

• Kayla Shimoda led Columbia at the plate in last year's series against Princeton going 5 for 11 (.455). She has a .248 average this season.

• After hitting three home runs last 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).

• Princeton and Columbia have played 18 doubleheaders since first meeting in 2001. The Tigers have had sweeps or splits in 17 of those 18 twinbills.

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