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Tory Roberts, Haley Hineman and the Tigers stayed in contention in the Ivy South with a sweep of Columbia Sunday.
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Softball Sweeps Pair at Columbia, Gains Ground in Ivy South

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/13/2014
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(13-19, 5-4) 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 7 1 8
(16-17, 5-6) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 7 3 6
WP - Christian (5-8), LP - Kroll (2-2), Save - Klausner (1)
2B - Princeton: Jerpbak; Columbia: Cook. HR - Columbia: Caggiano (6).

  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(14-19, 6-4) 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 6 0 1 9
(16-18, 5-7) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 8 1 11
WP - Nori (7-5), LP - Maloney (1-2)
2B - Princeton: Cousens, Hineman; Columbia: Unger. HR - Princeton: Worden (2); Columbia: Shimoda (3).

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

All three runs for Princeton were unearned in Sunday's first game, but they counted just the same as the Tigers took a 3-2 victory in the day's opener. The Tigers used two singles, a failed fielder's choice and a passed ball to score twice in the second inning, and Skye Jerpbak's double to lead off the sixth turned out to be the game-winner when she scored on an outfield error. Columbia scored once in the third on a two-out single by Kayla Shimoda to pull within 2-1, and Liz Caggiano homered for the third time this weekend to bring the Lions within 3-2 in the six. Caggiano's home run started a two-out rally, but the potential tying and winning runs were left on as Claire Klausner entered in relief to squelch the comeback in the sixth and make the Lions go quietly in the seventh.

Both teams had plenty of missed opportunities in the second game, but the Tigers took advantage of more. After an error extended the top of the first, Cara Worden took advantage with a two-run shot to put the TIgers up 2-0. Princeton effectively put it away with a five-run fifth, an inning that saw three hits and two walks with RBIs for Haley Hineman, Jerpbak and Kayla Bose. Princeton pitcher Erica Nori got Columbia to leave six runners in scoring position including ending the inning with the bases loaded in the first and the third.

A day after Princeton saw a two-run seventh-inning lead turn into a walkoff loss in Saturday's first game, freshman Claire Klausner stepped into the circle in the sixth with two out, two on and a run already in with Princeton leading only 3-2. Klausner got the inning-ending pop-up and retired the Lions in order in the seventh.

Claire Klausner's appearance in the bottom of the sixth helped seal Sunday's first game for Princeton after the Lions had been re-ignited by Liz Caggiano's third home run of the weekend. Klausner retired all four Lions she faced over the sixth and seventh to get her first career save.

In game two, Haley Hineman's fifth-inning double was the second of the frame for Princeton and brought across Maddie Cousens for the game's third run, which turned out to be the game-winner.

• Since the teams began playing an annual four-game series in 2007, Princeton has now won five of the eight series against Columbia and has lost only one, with the other two ending in 2-2 splits.

• Princeton picked up a half-game in the Ivy South with both divisional series ending in Sunday sweeps. Penn is now 7-4 in the Ivy, a half-game better than Princeton at 6-4. The sweeps dropped Cornell to 5-5, a game and a half back of Penn, and Columbia to 5-7, two and a half games back. There's still a long way to go, with Princeton and Cornell having 10 league games left, Penn with nine and Columbia with eight. The Ivy North is now mathematically a two-team race, as Dartmouth and Harvard stayed undefeated with sweeps of Yale and Brown, respectively. Dartmouth is now 12-0 and Harvard is 7-0 with the Crimson heading to Princeton for two Tuesday.

• All four Princeton pitchers now have one save this season, with Klausner becoming the fourth and final arm on the Tiger staff to record the stat.

Princeton will host Harvard in a make-up doubleheader Tuesday. The teams will restart a March 29 game that was suspended in the middle of the fourth inning with the score 0-0 before finishing the unplayed second game from that day. The afternoon will start at 2 p.m. at the Class of 1895 Field.






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