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Softball Splits Friday's Two Against Santa Clara and Grand Canyon

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/21/2014
Courtesy: Derrick Schmidt
Sarah McGowan drove home three key runs in the first game Friday.
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(5-11) 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 6 8 1 7
(4-17) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 3 7
WP - Nori (3-2), LP - Turner (2-7)
2B - Princeton: Allen, McGowan

  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(12-14) 1 4 0 0 0 3 1 9 12 0 8
(5-12) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 4 7
WP - Pesqueira (6-6), LP - Christian (2-5)
2B - GCU: Walker, Barak, Regester 2, Pesqueira; Princeton: Viggers. HR - Princeton: Jerpbak (1)

Box Score & Play-by-Play: Game 1 | Game 2

In the 6-1 first-game win, Princeton capitalized on a two-out first-inning error by Santa Clara to score the first game's first run, and two singles, a walk and a passed ball added up to two more runs in the second inning. That was more than enough for Erica Nori, who allowed just four hits in a complete-game win. Princeton tacked on three more runs in the fifth on a bases-clearing double by Sarah McGowan.

On the way to its 9-2 win, Grand Canyon got out to a 5-0 lead by the second inning and the Tigers weren't able to rally. Princeton got a pair of runs in the fourth, both on a home run by Skye Jerpbak, her first of the season.

Sarah McGowan was 2 for 2 with three RBIs in the first-game win over Santa Clara.

Sarah McGowan's three-run double in the fifth inning of the first game broke open a 3-1 contest and put Princeton ahead 6-1, which became the game's final margin. In the second game, the first three GCU batters reached on a double, a fielder's choice and an error, and GCU's Haley Walker had a two-run single that put her team ahead 3-0. That was enough in the team's 9-2 win.

• With the Santa Clara game, Princeton won back-to-back games for the first time this season, and the five-run margin of victory was Princeton's largest of the season.

• Freshman Erica Nori had her second complete-game win in three days with the win over Santa Clara, lifting her record to 3-2 and dropping her ERA below 1.00 to 0.95.

• Junior Sarah McGowan had her third career three-RBI game and first since March 1, 2013 when she had three against St. Bonaventure.

• Princeton now leads the all-time series against Santa Clara 6-4. The teams have played three times this season with Princeton winning two of the three.

• This was the first meeting between Princeton and Grand Canyon, which is in its first season as a Division I program.

• Skye Jerpbak's home run in the second game was her first of the season and second of the sophomore's career. Her first came on March 2, 2013 against Delaware State.

Princeton will face California and Grand Canyon in a doubleheader at Santa Clara beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
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