Tigers Earn Split at UCF in Pre-Ivy Finale – GoPrincetonTigers.com

The final game before the Princeton softball team begins Ivy League play went the Tigers’ way Wednesday night in Orlando as Princeton split a doubleheader at UCF, dropping the first game 6-1 before winning 7-4 in the nightcap.

Princeton is scheduled to open Ivy play Saturday at ’95 Field against Brown. 

In game one, UCF used a four-run third inning to take the lead. A single and two failed fielder’s-choice plays loaded the bases, and a Brooke Barlow sacrfice fly picked up the first run. Courtney Rotton then had a two-RBI triple, and an Aubrey Johnson RBI groundout pushed home the final run of the inning.

Princeton got a run back in the fifth. A Mackenzie Meyer single, a walk to Joey Smith and a Megan Donahey single loaded the bases for Allison Harvey, who had an RBI groundout to get the Tigers on the board before the rally came to an end. 

UCF again took a four-run lead in the fifth when Jazmine Esparza had an RBI double, and the lead grew to 6-1 in teh sixth when Megan Greenwell doubled to bring home a run. 

Allie Reynolds took the loss for the Tigers while Alea White and Damara Begin split the pitching duties for UCF with White going the first five innings.

In game two, Princeton took the lead in the first when three walks and a wild pitch scored Kaylee Grant, but UCF tied it in the bottom half of the inning when Esparza had the last of three base hits around a walk. 

Princeton again took the lead in the third after a Donahey leadoff single, followed by a wild pitch and a passed ball, put her in position to come home on a Grant groundout, but UCF scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for the first time. A walk and a double put two on for Esparza, who put down a bunt and got an extra base on an errant throw that allowed one run to score. Another error allowed Hayley Bejarano to reach, scoring UCF’s third run of the game.

Princeton’s big inning came in the fifth, when the Tigers had five straight singles to start off the frame and plate four runs before a Mikayla Blaska groundout brought home a fifth as Princeton went up 7-3.

UCF managed to get just one of the runs back, as a double, a hit batter and a walk allowed Tamesha Glover to bring home a run with a groundout.

Ashley LaGuardia had the win for Princeton in game two, throwing all seven innings, while four Knights split the work in the circle with Begin taking the loss in two innings of relief work.

Princeton’s Saturday doubleheader against Brown is set for a 12:30 p.m. start at ’95 Field, with admission free.


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