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Ivy Play to Arrive This Weekend for Softball

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/26/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Haley Hineman and the Tigers will open Ivy play Friday at '95 Field, weather permitting.
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After 20 games to get ready, the Princeton softball season will effectively start anew Friday when Ivy League play begins. The Tigers were 5-15 through their pre-conference schedule and recorded four of those five wins on the team's recent spring trip to California that wrapped last Sunday.

vs. Harvard: Friday, March 28, 2 p.m. DH at Class of 1895 Field
vs. Dartmouth: Saturday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. DH at Class of 1895 Field
Live stats for all games are available here and live video via the Ivy League Digital Network is available here.

Here's a look at Princeton's opponents:

Record: 11-11 (0-0 Ivy), Streak: W2
ERA: 2.38 | Batting Average: .258 | Stats
Record vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 40-23
Notes: The Crimson scored an impressive victory on Feb. 28 with a 1-0, 12-inning win at Louisiana State, then ranked No. 22 in the nation by the NFCA and No. 21 by USA Softball but no longer in either top-25 poll ... Princeton and Harvard have played one common opponent so far, Pacific; both teams split two meetings with Pacific.
Record: 10-13 (0-0 Ivy) entering Friday at Cornell, Streak: L3
ERA: 2.77 | Batting Average: .337 | Stats
Record vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 32-11
Notes: Dartmouth had won seven of nine games before losing its last three on the Big Green's spring trip to Southern California.

All 19 players on the roster, including all five freshmen, have seen game action. Though rookie Haley Hineman is the only player to have started all 20 games, all 19 players have made a start. Junior Rachel Rendina leads the team with 14 hits on the season, though 15 Tigers have recorded a hit including every player with at least six at-bats.

Two pitchers, both with more than half of their college career to go, have emerged as Princeton's innings leaders. Sophomore Shanna Christian is 2-6 with a 5.62 ERA in 42 1/3 innings and freshman Erica Nori is 3-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 40 2/3 innings.

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