As Ivy South Play Begins, Softball Team to Head to Penn This Weekend –

As Ivy South Play Begins, Softball Team to Head to Penn This Weekend

Kaitlyn Waslawski, Megan Donahey and the Tigers will head to Penn Saturday and Sunday.

With the eight games of cross-divisional play behind them, the Princeton softball team is a game up in the Ivy South at 6-2, one in front of both Penn and Columbia. 

Still, there are 12 games left to decide the divisional title, and the first four of those will come this weekend when Princeton heads to Penn for doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday at Penn, 4 p.m. DH: ESPN3 | ILDN | Game 1 Live Stats | Game 2 Live Stats | Updates @PUSoftball
Sunday at Penn, 2 p.m. DH: ILDN | Game 1 Live Stats | Game 2 Live Stats | Updates @PUSoftball

The Tigers (14-13, 6-2 Ivy) are winners of 10 of their last 13 games, including Tuesday’s 5-1 win at Monmouth. Senior Marissa Reynolds leads a Tiger team hitting .292 with her .450 batting average and four home runs, while rookie Megan Donahey, hitting .395, has a team-high 34 hits. Those are two of the five regular starters hitting better than .300, along with sophomore Kaylee Grant (.382) and her 20 RBI, rookie Allison Harvey (.338) and her team-best 21 RBI, and sophomore Mikayla Blaska (.304).

In the circle, seniors Claire Klausner (6-4, 4.31 ERA) and Erica Nori (6-1, 2.93 ERA) have combined to throw 120 of the team’s 172 2/3 innings as well as starting four Ivy League games apiece. 

Princeton entered the week ranking seventh in the nation in fielding percentage, 14th in doubles per game and 35th in triples per game at 0.27. Reynolds was ninth in the nation in doubles per game, 15th in slugging percentage and 16th in on-base percentage. Harvey was the 20th-toughest player in the nation to strike out. 

Penn (15-12, 5-3) is hitting .291 as a team and also has five regulars hitting at least .300, led by senior Leah Allen (.383). Senior Alexis Sargent has thrown 88 1/3 of the team’s 188 innings and has a 9-5 record with a 2.30 ERA. Sargent and Courtney Cuzick (2-2, 3.76 ERA) have started the front and back of every Ivy doubleheader except one of the first eight, with Mason Spichiger (2-4, 3.97 ERA) getting the ball first for game two against Brown last weekend. Cuzick entered the week ranking 15th in the nation in walks allowed per seven innings.

Princeton took three of four from the Quakers at ’95 Field last year, marking Princeton’s first series win against Penn since 2008. The Tigers will try to reverse more history this year, as in the team’s four visits to Penn since the current four-game divisional series format began, Princeton has won no more than one game in the series. Princeton’s last road doubleheader sweep of Penn came in 2006.

After the weekend, the Tigers will have their final non-conference date of the regular season when Lehigh comes to ’95 Field Wednesday followed by a four-game series against Columbia next Saturday and Sunday.

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