Softball splits doubleheader to close out successful regular season
In the 9th inning of softball's matchup with St. Joseph's yesterday, the Tigers had bases loaded, no outs. Yet a double play killed the Princeton rally, extending the game. Freshman thirdbaseman Becky Nemec's single an inning later brought home senior shortstop Kim Veenstra for the game-winning run. The Tigers took the game, 3-2, enacting revenge on a St. Joseph's team that beat them just hours earlier in the first game, 1-0.
The 9th inning in yesterday's second game was some of the best — and worst — Tiger softball seen all season. The inning started with junior right fielder Erin Valocsik's triple, followed by freshman centerfielder Melissa Finley's infield single and senior pitcher Sarah Jane White's walk.
With the bases loaded, the stage was set for sophomore designated hitter Wendy Bingham, who already had two big hits on the day. Yet Bingham grounded a weak ball to the pticher that was fired home then fired to first for the double play. With two outs and runners on second and third, one play seemed to squelch the Tiger rally.
After senior pitcher Brie Galicinao was intentionally walked, freshman second baseman Kristin Lueke came in as pinch-hitter. A slow roller to the shortstop was picked up and cleanly thrown to the third baseman for what seemed the quick, inning-ending out, though the infield umpire called the runner safe — enabling the Tiger runner to score from third.
The Princeton players gave each other high-fives, the field's announcer announced the victory, and the fans got out of their seats to leave. It seemed to be over. Yet the call was overruled by the behind-the-plate umpire, and the run cancelled. The game would continue.
It didn't matter, of course. Nemec, who hit the game-winning double in the April 20 win against Yale, got another big hit, sending a Dendero fastball to right center. Veenstra scored easily from first base.
The three runs Princeton scored in the second game was an explosion compared to the zero runs scored in the first. St. Joseph's pitcher Dana Travis had the Tigers number in the game, though Galicinao, pitching on the Princeton side, handled her opponent just as handily. A Princeton error in the first inning was the only hiccup enabling the game's only run.
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