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Softball Splits at Columbia, Ivy South Stays Put

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/12/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Erica Nori picked up the win in game two Saturday.
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(11-19, 3-4) 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 6 0 8
(16-15, 5-4) 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 4 0 1
WP - Wu (1-2), LP - Christian (4-8)
HR - Princeton: Worden (1), Columbia: Caggiano (4).

  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(12-19, 4-4) 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 6 5 0 5
(16-16, 5-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 6
WP - Nori (6-5), LP - Darling (7-7)
2B - Princeton: Worden; HR - Columbia: Caggiano (5)

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

Princeton got a great couple of outings from Shanna Christian and Erica Nori at Columbia Saturday, but the Lions broke through with one key hit in the seventh to split before Princeton bounced back in the nightcap.

In the first game, Christian had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings before a single broke it up. Even so, the Tigers held a two-run lead headed to the last of the seventh, and though the Lions got two singles in their last at-bat, the Tigers were still one out away from winning the series opener. Columbia's Liz Caggiano had other ideas, hitting a three-run home run to deliver a 4-3 win.

Princeton squared the day in the nightcap by a 6-1 final and didn't leave a door open for a late Columbia comeback. Princeton had a six-run lead by the third inning, and though Caggiano homered again for Columbia in the last of the seventh in game two, it wasn't consequential as in game one.

Rachel Rendina was 4 for 8 with two runs scored over the twinbill. She went 3 for 4 in the first game and was the only Tiger with a multi-hit game Saturday.

Liz Caggiano's three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh gave Columbia the win in the opener, and it came with no room for error as the Lions were an out away from defeat. In game two, several little plays added up to one big inning as Princeton used a five-run second to break it open. In the inning, Princeton had three hits, three walks and a hit batter.

• Since the teams began playing an annual four-game series in 2007, there have only been two sweeps either way, by Princeton in 2008 and 2009. That will remain true this year. Columbia has won a four-game series from Princeton only once, 3-1 in 2011.

• The Ivy South is still wide open after all four teams split their games Saturday. Cornell (5-3) leads Penn (5-4) by a half game, with Columbia (5-5) and Princeton (4-4) both one game back. The Ivy North continued to grow further apart Saturday, with Harvard sweeping Brown and Dartmouth doing the same to Yale. Dartmouth leads at 10-0, and although Harvard is two and a half games back at 5-0, Harvard has five games to make up, against Princeton (two Tuesday in Princeton), Cornell (two) and Penn (one) with the Cornell and Penn games as yet unscheduled. Yale trails Dartmouth by nine at 1-9 and Brown is 10 back at 0-10.

Princeton will finish the series at Columbia Sunday with a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m.
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