Spring sports are in full swing. Here are recaps of some of this weekend’s action.
Baseball @ Harvard: L 12–0, L 5–3, W 16–9
For the second straight Ivy series, Princeton baseball lost their first two games but won the third to avoid a sweep. Princeton’s bullpen collapsed Friday night, giving up nine runs in three innings in a 12–0 blowout loss. In the first leg of Saturday’s doubleheader, an eighth inning fielding error allowed Harvard to score the go-ahead runs, and Princeton lost 5–3. The Tiger bats finally came alive in the second leg of Saturday’s doubleheader. Princeton scored thirteen runs in the first four innings and took down Harvard 16–9 in the series finale.
Softball vs. Columbia: W 11–5, L 2–1, L 5–4
Princeton softball outscored Columbia 16–12 in the series but only managed to win one of three games. In Friday’s game, Princeton scored six runs in the middle innings to erase an early Columbia 2–0 lead and secure an 11–5 win. In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Tigers lost a pair of one-run games. In the first contest, Princeton scored a run in the first inning on a fielding error but got nothing after that. Columbia starter Alexa Pinarski threw a complete game, and Princeton lost 2–1. In the second, Columbia jumped out to an early 4–0 lead. Princeton launched a comeback but fell short, losing 5–4 to drop the series.
Men’s Tennis vs. Penn: W 5–2
In the first game of Ivy League play on Saturday, Men’s tennis defeated Penn 5–2 at home. The Tigers won two out of the three doubles matches to secure the doubles’ point with wins from junior Payton Holden and sophomore Ryan Seggerman (7–5), and first-year Justin Barki and first-year Bill Duo (6–1). The team clinched four of five singles matches, bringing the final score to 5–2. Holden, Duo, sophomore Damian Rodriguez, and first-year Karl Poling won their match-ups. Last year Penn defeated Princeton 6–1 so Saturday’s results are a good sign for conference play this season.
Women’s Tennis @ Penn: W 4–3
Women’s tennis opened their Ivy League season with a comeback win against Penn in Philadelphia. The Quakers swept the doubles matches to earn the point and won two of the first three singles matches (sophomore Nathalie Rodilosso had the Tigers’ first win of the day), going up 3–1 against Princeton. The team rallied though, with first-year Brianna Shvets, first-year Grace Joyce, and junior Clare McKee winning their games. Joyce and McKee dominated their match-ups — each won the two sets played easily. Princeton finished the day 4–3 against Penn and will head to Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend to continue Ivy play.
Men’s Volleyball @ George Mason: W 3–1
Men’s volleyball defeated No. 13 ranked George Mason for the second time this season, winning three out of four sets and keeping their No. 1 spot in the EIVA conference. The Tigers started the match out strong with a 25–22 win in the first set, but Mason took the second 25–21. The team dominated the last two sets, winning them 25–18 and 25–23 to finish the match 3–1. Princeton senior Kendall Ratter had 13 kills, six blocks, and an ace in the match against Mason. Junior George Huhmann followed with 12 kills and two blocks. Friday’s match was a welcome win for the team after a disappointing showing at the BYU tournament that had extended their loss streak to four.
Players of the Weekend:
Kendall Ratter, men’s Volleyball: The senior outside hitter had 13 kills, 6 blocks, and 9 digs in Princeton’s win over No. 13 George Mason Friday night.
Nathalie Rodilosso, women’s Tennis: The sophomore won her singles match in two sets, defeating her Penn opponent 6–2 and 6–0. She provided the Tigers their sole win in the first four matches.