Coming off Sweep of Yale, Tigers to Visit Lehigh Wednesday –

Coming off Sweep of Yale, Tigers to Visit Lehigh Wednesday

Megan Donahey and the Tigers will head to Lehigh Wednesday.

The final non-conference game of the 2018 regular season for the Princeton softball team is set for Wednesday when the Tigers visit Lehigh for a 4 p.m. single game.

The game will not have a video stream, but live stats will be available here.

Princeton leads the all-time series 30-20, but the Mountain Hawks have been strong against the Tigers lately, winning nine in a row. Princeton’s last win in the series was in 2011 in the second half of a home twinbill, and the Tigers haven’t won in Bethlehem since 1995. The teams began playing again regularly in 2003 after having not met since 1996, and in the current run, Princeton won twice in a pair of 2004 games played in Allentown, Pa., but Lehigh has won all seven played on its home field.

Lehigh, which has been to two of the last three NCAA tournaments, is 13-22 overall and 7-5 in the Patriot League after dropping two of three at Bucknell last weekend. The Mountain Hawks are hitting .254 as a team with Rachel Timberman leading at .320 while Mary-Hannah Smith (.306) has hit a team-best three homers. Parker Boyd (11-11, 3.17) and Emily Sorem (2-10, 3.94) have thrown all but 20 2/3 of the team’s 233 innings. Nicole Yozzo leads the Patriot League in stolen bases at 31 and ranks fifth in the nation through the weekend at 0.89 stolen bases per game.

Princeton coach Lisa Van Ackeren, a 2009 Lehigh alumna, played for current Mountain Hawk coach Fran Troyan, won four Patriot League Pitcher of the Year awards at Lehigh and helped the Mountain Hawks to three NCAA tournaments, including dealing the Tigers a season-ending defeat in 2008.

Boyd and Princeton’s Ashley LaGuardia are the only pitchers who have competed this year to throw in either of last year’s games between the teams, a 3-1, 6-7 Lehigh doubleheader sweep at ’95 Field. Boyd had the win with LaGuardia getting a no-decision in the 7-6 Lehigh win in which the Mountain Hawks scored two in the seventh to retake the lead. 

Rookie Mackenzie Meyer, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, leads the team with a .339 average and five home runs. She’s one of five Tigers hitting better than .300 on a team that hits .264. Allie Reynolds (5-11, 5.08) and LaGuardia (3-7, 7.44) have thrown 163 of the team’s 184 innings.

The Tigers will return to Ivy League play Saturday and Sunday at Columbia.

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