This week has been a big one for the Princeton women’s softball team, who finish their season ranked second in the Ivy League South Division. The Tigers (22-18 overall, 10-9 Ivy League) finished just behind Penn after winning one game against Yale and splitting two doubleheaders against Cornell last weekend.
The Tigers took on Yale last week in a face-off rescheduled after the first meeting was rained out. Junior pitcher Shanna Christian was on fire, coming within one out of Princeton’s first complete no-hitter in 10 years in an incredible showing that saw the Tigers win 2-0. The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after a single from senior infielder/outfielder Rachel Rendina and a double from senior infielder Alyssa Schmidt allowed junior catcher Cara Worden to single home and junior first baseman Emily Viggers to hit a fly that brought Schmidt home. Yale’s Rachel Paris got a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning before Christian got the third out of the inning off of a ground ball along the first-base line.
The twinbills against Cornell opened with a 6-3 Tiger win, but in the second game of the weekend the Tigers fell 7-10 after going into the bottom of the seventh inning leading 7-4. The game opened with strong performances from the Tigers all around and RBIs from sophomore outfielder Marissa Reynolds, junior catcher Skye Jerpbak, sophomore catchers Kelsey Smith and Haley Hineman to put the Tigers up 4-2 after the third inning before the Tigers scored two more runs in the sixth innings to lead by four. Cornell scored in the bottom of the seventh, but Christian fended off the Big Red to clinch the win.
Game two was disappointing for the Tigers, who led until the very end of the game before the Big Red scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a three-run home run from Tori Togashi to tie up the game and take it into overtime, where Cornell won in the eighth inning with three more runs off of a three-run walk-off home run from Cornell’s Michiko McGivney.
The second day saw the Tigers drop their first game 5-7 before rallying to win 3-1 in the afternoon. The Tigers scored the first two runs of the day in the third inning after Rendina singled home a double from freshman outfielder Kylee Pierce before Worden batted Rendina home. The Tigers fell behind in the bottom of the fourth when the Big Red pulled ahead 6-2, but the Tigers didn’t give up and came within one point of Cornell. But with another hit in the bottom of the sixth, Princeton wasn’t able to rally.
In the final game of the series the Tigers scored in the second inning after a Viggers double and Reynolds single and a pair of groundouts giving Hineman an RBI. The Tigers furthered their lead in the top of the seventh inning to 3-0 before Cornell attempted to rally, scoring one run, and the Tigers ended the game.