Villanova to Visit @PUSoftball at '95 Field Tuesday
The Princeton softball team will host Villanova Tuesday in the first of two non-league contests this season at the Class of 1895 Field. The single-game afternoon will start at 4 p.m.
Princeton (17-9) vs. Villanova (12-16)
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 4 p.m. at Class of 1895 Field, Princeton, N.J.
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All-time series: Princeton leads 21-14-1
Streak: Princeton 3 overall, Villanova 4 in Princeton
Last meeting: Princeton defeated Villanova 2-1 in a Maryland-hosted tournament on Mar. 19, 2011.
At the plate: Princeton is outhitting Villanova .315 to .260 this season.
Top hitters: Princeton has three hitters batting over .400, led by Alyssa Schmidt (29-65, .446). Villanova's top hitter is Valerie Ortega (31-96, .323).
In the circle: Princeton's staff ERA is 2.27, Villanova's is 2.69.
Top pitchers: Alex Peyton (5-3) has thrown a team-high 61 2/3 innings for Princeton, accruing a 1.93 ERA. Villanova's top pitcher is Kate Poppe (12-9), who has a 2.10 ERA while throwing 126 2/3 of the team's 195 innings.
• Each team has players from eight different states on its roster.
• Princeton and Villanova have five common opponents (St. Bonaventure, Penn, Georgetown, Rutgers, Lafayette), but only two that they have both faced at this point. Both teams defeated St. Bonaventure and lost to Georgetown.
• Villanova is the third of four Big East opponents for Princeton this regular season, following Seton Hall and Georgetown and before Princeton faces Rutgers next week.
• Since divisional play began in Ivy League softball in 2007, the best league record has been the 18-2 mark Princeton posted in 2008 and Harvard equaled in 2011. The weakest record to host the ILCS was by Harvard in 2007 at 14-6, and the weakest record to win a division was 12-7 by Cornell in 2011.
• Princeton's 17-9 record is its best through 26 games since the Tigers were also 17-9 in 2006.
• Princeton's 3-1 record through four Ivy games is its best since starting 4-0 in 2008.
• Senior Alex Peyton hasn't allowed an earned run in 22 1/3 innings.
• When the Tigers resume Ivy play this weekend at Harvard and Dartmouth, Princeton and Penn will co-lead the Ivy South division at 3-1, one game ahead of Cornell (2-2) and two in front of Columbia (3-1) with 16 games to play.