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Softball to Visit Harvard, Dartmouth This Weekend

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/07/2011
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Freshman Austin Sanders and the Tigers will head to New England for a pivotal league weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Just one game behind Cornell in the Ivy South standings, the Princeton softball team (11-15, 2-2) will head to Harvard (18-10, 4-0) Friday and Dartmouth (7-12, 2-2) Saturday to close play against the Ivy North division.

Friday's twinbill at Harvard will start at 2 p.m., while Saturday's pair at Dartmouth will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Last weekend, Princeton split with both Brown and Yale at Class of 1895 Field, where the Tigers will return Tuesday for a single game against Hofstra.

Harvard leads the Ivy North by two games over Dartmouth and Brown after sweeping Columbia and Penn last weekend. The Crimson also lead the Ivy in team batting average at .290, in team ERA at 2.38, and in team fielding percentage at .972. Senior Ellen Macadam, who has a .441 batting average, is the Ivy leader in hits (41) and runs (27), while freshman Kasey Lange leads the league in RBIs (28) and doubles (11). Junior pitcher Rachel Brown leads the league in strikeouts with 178 in 103 1/3 innings, translating to 12 strikeouts per seven innings.

The Big Green has junior Hilary Barker with a team-best .417 average and four other hitters above .300. In the circle, Barker is one of Dartmouth's two primary pitchers and carries a 5-4 record and 4.42 ERA with a team-high 63 1/3 innings. Sophomore Evan Gray is right behind her with 59 innings pitched, leading up to her 3-5 record and a 4.03 ERA.

Sophomores Lizzy Pierce and Sarah Rounsifer lead Princeton at the plate, each with a .333 average, while Princeton's trio of pitchers all saw time in the circle in Wednesday's doubleheader split with Lehigh. Sophomore Alex Peyton has a team-high 65 1/3 innings pitched, leading to a team-best 4.18 ERA and a 2-9 record. Senior Michelle Tolfa (3-4, 5.19 ERA) and sophomore Liza Kuhn (6-2, 6.90 ERA) complete the staff.

The Tigers will be away from '95 Field for the next two Ivy League weekends, visiting Penn for a four-game set before returning home April 23-24 for four games against Columbia. In the interim, Princeton will host Hofstra next Tuesday and Monmouth on April 20 in non-league contests.

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Friday
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- 2:30 PM
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vs. Florida Atlantic (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 7:00 PM
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Saturday
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vs. Florida A&M (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 10:00 AM
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- 12:15 PM
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Sunday
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- 9:00 AM
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Friday
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- 11:30 AM
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- 4:00 PM
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Saturday
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- 9:30 AM
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- 11:30 AM
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Saturday
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- 1:15 PM
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- 3:30 PM
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- 10:00 AM
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- 12:15 PM
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Tuesday
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- 4:00 PM
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- 3:00 PM
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- 5:00 PM
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Thursday
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- 5:00 PM
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20
Friday
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vs. Kent State (Liberty Tournament)
- 12:15 PM
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- 7:30 PM
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Saturday
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- 10:00 AM
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- 2:30 PM
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Wednesday
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at Monmouth
- 4:00 PM
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Friday
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vs. Yale (Game 1)
- 2:00 PM
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