Senior Marissa Reynolds and the Tigers will head to Monmouth Tuesday.
Taking a break from Ivy League play, the Princeton softball team will make the trip across the state to Monmouth for a single game at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The Tigers lead the Ivy South division at 6-2, but by just a game over Penn, who the Tigers will see this weekend in Philadelphia, and one over Columbia. The Tigers also have the best Ivy record in the league by a game over Ivy North leader Dartmouth, an important note as the division winner with the best record will host the Ivy League Championship Series.
That, though, is 12 Ivy games away, plus three more non-league contests including the one at Monmouth. The Tigers will also host Lehigh next Wednesday, April 19.
Princeton enters the week ranked seventh in the nation in fielding percentage, making the play 97.9 percent of the time. The Tigers are also ranked 14th in doubles per game at 1.58, and 35th in triples per game at 0.27. Along with the fielding percentage and doubles per game numbers, Princeton’s .288 team batting average, 4.46 runs per game and .425 slugging percentage lead the Ivy. The triples per game number is second in the league, just a shade behind Dartmouth at 0.29.
Senior Marissa Reynolds is ninth in the nation in doubles per game (0.38), 15th in slugging percentage (.862) and 16th in on-base percentage at (.542), all Ivy-best numbers. Rookie Allison Harvey is 20th in the nation and leads the league with just one strikeout per 38.5 at-bats (two Ks in 77 ABs). Senior Erica Nori leads the Ivy with just 5.6 hits allowed per seven innings.
Reynolds leads the team with a .431 batting average, leading five Tigers hitting better than .300. Rookie Megan Donahey is also above .400 on the season, hitting .410. Nori stands 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA while fellow senior Claire Klausner is 6-4 with a 4.31 ERA as the classmates have combined to throw 120 of the team’s 165 2/3 innings.
Princeton and Monmouth first met in 1992 and the Tigers lead the series 10-1. Princeton began the series with nine straight wins before Monmouth won 4-2 two seasons ago in West Long Branch, and the Tigers won 4-3 last season at ’95 Field. The game two years ago was the first in the series since 2003.
Monmouth enters the game at 12-19 overall and 4-2 in the MAAC, winning three in a row including a doubleheader split Saturday at Rider and a home twinbill sweep of Quinnipiac. Senior Justene Reyes leads the Hawks with a .329 batting average with junior Chloe Howerth close behind at .323. Junior Amanda Riley (7-11, 3.88 ERA) and senior Sydney Underhill (4-8, 6.01 ERA) have thrown 185 2/3 of the team’s 204 innings. The Hawks’ top national ranking is in doubles per game, where Monmouth stands 32nd at 1.48.
Following the Monmouth game, the Tigers will have a pair of doubleheaders at Penn with a 4 p.m. start Saturday and a 2 p.m. start Sunday.