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On Senior Day, Softball Sweeps Two From Cornell to Cap Season

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/27/2014
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Tory Roberts and Maddie Cousens played their final games for Princeton Sunday.
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(18-25, 8-9) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1 5
(16-26, 8-11) 0 0 0 2 1 0 X 3 5 0 4
WP - Christian (6-12); LP - Onyon (11-10)
2B-Cornell: McGivney; 3B-Princeton: Reynolds; HR-Princeton: Schmidt (1).

  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(18-26, 8-10) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 7 2 9
(17-26, 9-11) 1 3 0 0 0 1 X 5 10 1 8
WP - Nori (9-6), LP - Roth (2-6), Save - Christian (2)
2B-Cornell: Edwards; Princeton: Schmidt 2. HR-Princeton: Jerpbak (3).

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

Princeton sent off seniors Maddie Cousens and Tory Roberts with two wins Sunday over Cornell to close the 2014 season.

The Tigers rallied from an early two-run deficit to score the final three runs of the opener and win 3-2. With Rachel Rendina starting the fourth inning by reaching on a mishandled ball at shortstop, Alyssa Schmidt tied the score at 2-2 with a two-run home run, her first of the season. Just an inning later, Kate Miller cashed in a one-out triple by Marissa Reynolds with an RBI-groundout, and Princeton held on for the 3-2 win. After giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in the first inning, Shanna Christian gave up only two hits and didn't walk a batter over the last six innings to get the win.

In game two, Princeton didn't need to rally to close the campaign with a 'W.' Schmidt doubled home a Cousens single to put Princeton ahead 1-0 in the first, and Skye Jerpbak's two-out solo home run began a string of four straight Tigers reaching to make the lead 4-0. Two batters after Jerpbak's home run, Schmidt doubled to bring home the final two runs of the inning.

After the teams traded runs in the sixth to make it 5-1 Princeton, Cornell rallied against Erica Nori in the seventh. Michiko McGivney had a two-out single to bring home Erica Weinberg, and after an error, the Big Red had the tying run at the plate with two outs. Shanna Christian came on to get the game-ending flyout, and the Tigers had their sweep.



 
Maddie Cousens and Alyssa Schmidt each had a great day at the plate, with Cousens going 4 for 4 in the nightcap and Schmidt going 4 for 7 on the day while driving in six runs. Cousens' 4-for-4 nightcap came in her final game as a Tiger.

 
Alyssa Schmidt's two-run home run in the fourth inning of game one didn't bring home the go-ahead run, but it was the first hit of the day for Princeton against Alyson Onyon and it tied the score at 2-2. In game two, Schmidt had a two-run double in the second inning that gave Princeton a 4-0 lead.

• In addition to honoring its seniors, Princeton recognized Khristin Kyllo, who entered with the Class of 2014 but passed away less than two months before the beginning of her freshman season in January 2011. In Kyllo's memory, Princeton's players wore purple socks and purple ribbons for epilepsy awarness.

• The Ivy League regular season was due to end Sunday, but it won't for four Ivy League teams. Penn has clinched the Ivy South, but the Ivy North is still up for grabs between Harvard and Dartmouth after the teams split Sunday. Harvard is 14-1 in the league, Dartmouth is 16-2. Should Dartmouth sweep tomorrow's make-up twinbill (1 p.m.) at Harvard, the Big Green will win the Ivy North and host Penn next weekend in the Ivy League Championship Series. But a split or a Harvard sweep will shift the focus to a Harvard make-up twinbill Tuesday at Cornell, and possibly to the resumption of a suspended game against Penn Friday in Cambridge.

• Maddie Cousens' 4-for-4 second game allowed her to finish right at .300, reaching at least that average for the second straight year.

• Haley Hineman finished with a .307 average to lead Princeton. It's the second straight year a freshman has had Princeton's highest batting average, with Kayla Bose (.352) leading the team in 2013.

• Cousens has a knack for piling up the hits in season finales. A year ago, she went 3 for 4 in the season finale against Cornell to tie a career best for hits in a game set earlier in the season. In her final game as a Tiger, she recorded her first four-hit game.

• On April 5, freshman Erica Nori took a hard-luck 2-1 loss at Yale to drop to 3-5 on the season. Since then, Nori was 6-1 to finish at 9-6 on the season with her final win coming Sunday.


 
Princeton finished its 2014 season with a record of 17-26 overall and 9-11 in the Ivy League.
 
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