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38 Days, 38 Sports: Softball

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/16/2013
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The 2013 Princeton softball team had the program's winningest season since 2006.
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic events on Aug. 31.


Princeton Softball: Five Numbers to Know
1982 First year as a varsity sport 17 Ivy League titles 8 NCAA tournament appearances 27 Ivy League Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Year honors 195 All-time All-Ivy League honorees

Head Coach

 Lisa Sweeney
Second season as head coach in 2014
• Had the winningest first season of any coach in program history
• Coached five players to All-Ivy League honors in her first season
• Guided Princeton to its winningest Ivy season since 2008 and winningest season overall since 2006
• Princeton is her first head coaching position after serving as an assistant at Lehigh and Penn.
 


Returning Hits Leader

Rachel Rendina
• Led all players with 50 hits last season, accruing a .350 batting average
• Led the team with 143 at bats, one of six players with at least 130 ABs
• Scored 27 runs last season, second-most on the team
• Had three-hit games in two of the final three contests of the season during the series against Cornell


Top Returning Pitcher

Shanna Christian
• As a freshman, threw 79.1 innings last season, tied for second-most on the team
• Threw a one-hit shutout in her first career start, performing the feat against Delaware State
• In Ivy League games, went 5-1 last season, with her only loss coming to eventual league champ Penn
• In 5 2/3 innings against James Madison, struck out nine batters while giving up just one run on four hits and a walk


Ten Princeton Softball Facts

• While becoming the winningest first-year coach in Princeton softball history, Lisa Sweeney was also the second-winningest first-year coach in Ivy League softball history, one win short of matching the mark.

• Princeton has had an All-Ivy League honoree every year since 1981, earning as many as 11 honors in 1995.

• Princeton has been to eight NCAA tournaments, most recently in 2008.

• The program's success in the postseason is unmatched in the Ivy League. The team made it to the Women's College World Series in 1995 and 1996. The program hosted NCAA tournament games in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and its most recent NCAA tournament win came in 2005.

• In 2008, Princeton set a program record with 55 home runs on its way to an Ivy-record 18-2 league season and an NCAA tournament berth.

• The winningest coach in program history is Cindy Cohen, who won 560 games from 1983-2000.

Jamie Lettire '10 is the most recent of Princeton's 14 Ivy League Players of the Year. Kristen Schaus '08 is the most recent of Princeton's eight Ivy League Pitchers of the Year. And Kathryn Welch '09 is the most recent of Princeton's seven Ivy League Rookies of the Year.

• Since 1985, the Class of 1895 Field has been the home of the Princeton softball team. It will be the team's 30th season there in 2014.

Maureen (Davies) Barron '97 holds a special place in program history, standing not only as the winningest pitcher in program annals with 83 victories, but she also won 196 games as the team's coach from 2001-07, guiding the program to four Ivy titles.

Stacy Thurber '96 is the program's all-time hits leader, racking up 236 hits. In the last decade, Kathryn Welch '09 has come the closest, getting 199 hits.


July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug. 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug. 5 - Wrestling
Aug. 6 - Women's Indoor Track
Aug. 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug. 8 - Women's Outdoor Track
Aug. 9 - Men's Swimming
Aug. 12 - Women's Hockey
Aug. 13 - Men's Lightweight Crew
Aug. 14 - Women's Soccer
Aug. 15 - Men's Indoor Track
Aug. 16 - Softball

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