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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Harvard Sweeps Softball in Tigers' Final Cross-Divisional Games

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/17/2014
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(22-11, 8-0) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 1 6
(14-20, 6-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 6
WP - Ricciardone (12-5), LP - Christian (5-9)

  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(23-11, 9-0) 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 5 8 0 10
(14-21, 6-6) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 4 7
WP - Ricciardone (13-5), LP - Nori (7-6), Save - Cabe (1)
HR - Harvard: Lange (6), Ricciardone (2).

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

Thursday's first game resumed in the middle of the fourth inning of a game that began on March 29 but was halted due to rain. The Tigers had the advantage of batting both first and last in the resumed game, but Harvard pitcher Laura Ricciardone took that edge away, scattering three hits across Princeton's four at-bats in today's portion of the game.

Harvard needed only one run to pick up the win, and it came on an unfortunate play for the Tigers. The Crimson had runners on first and second with two out, and on a double steal, the throw down to third base arrived with no Tiger there to receive it, allowing a run to score. Ricciardone made that run stand up despite Princeton getting two runners on in the sixth and one in the seventh to win 1-0.

Though the second game saw Princeton score first, Harvard answered quickly and didn't let Princeton on the board again in a 5-1 win.

In the third inning, Princeton used a Kayla Bose single, a passed ball, a groundout and a failed fielder's choice to score pinch runner Kate Miller and take a 1-0 lead. But in the top of the fourth, a leadoff walk to Ricciardone was costly as Catherine Callaway singled home the game-tying run. More came for Harvard in the fifth, where the Crimson had four hits and two walks, including two home runs, to plate three runs and take a 4-1 lead. Harvard tacked on another in the fifth, and Princeton left runners on back in each of its last four at-bats after taking the brief lead.



 
Cara Worden went 3 for 6 over the doubleheader. Her hitting streak is now at seven games, all over the last eight days, and she's 9 for 21 (.429) over that span with six RBIs, two doubles, two home runs and three walks.

Tough one as it was, the overthrow led to the only run of the game in Thursday's first game, letting Harvard score to take a 1-0 lead. Harvard's Laura Ricciardone picked up her 12th win of the season with the complete-game shutout.

In game two, Kasey Lange's home run plated a pair and gave the Crimson the lead for good in the fifth inning at 3-1. The Crimson used three pitchers to hang on for the win, with Ricciardone going just long enough to register for her 13th win. Morgan Groom threw the fifth and was relieved in the sixth by Taylor Cabe after getting into a jam, and Cabe threw the last inning and two-thirds to pick up the save.

• The sweep dropped Princeton a game and a half behind Penn (7-4) in the Ivy South standings and even with Cornell (5-5), though the Big Red have two games in hand on Princeton with an April 22 make-up home doubleheader with Harvard as the difference. Columbia, two and a half games back of Penn, rounds out the division.

• Despite the game-and-a-half deficit the Tigers now have with Penn, it's all in Princeton's hands and the Tigers can make it up on their home field this weekend when the Quakers visit for four Saturday and Sunday.

• The wins helped Harvard (9-0) chop a game off its deficit against Dartmouth (12-0), a gap the Crimson could close by taking the wins at Cornell next week and if the suspended game (8-8 after 6) against Penn is resumed. The teams will have to wait until next weekend for their head-to-head showdown, with Harvard at Yale this weekend and Dartmouth at Brown. The Crimson and the Big Green are the only teams still alive for the Ivy North title.


Princeton will host Penn as Ivy South play resumes Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders both days beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day at the Class of 1895 Field.
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