Dartmouth Big Green (10-13, 4-2 Ivy) at
Princeton Tigers (4-18, 2-4 Ivy)
Doubleheader Friday, April 6 at 2 and 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Princeton, N.J. – Class of 1985 Field
THIS WEEKEND’S SERIES
Due to forecasted weather the three-game series at Princeton this weekend has been moved up, with a doubleheader on Friday starting at 2 p.m., and a single game scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. leaving Sunday as a possible make up day if needed.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The reigning Ivy champs have had a slow start to the year with a 4-18 record overall and 2-4 in the Ivy League, with two wins over Brown and are currently tied for eighth in the conference with the Bears. Leading the Princeton offense is Mikayla Blaska, who is batting .351 with 13 hits in 37 at bats. Keeley Walsh and Allison Harvey have also been key for the Tigers offensively with 10 and 11 RBI’s respectively. Junior Alex Viscusi holds the best ERA for Princeton with 5.25, but has only pitched 2.2 innings as she usually plays third base. Starting pitcher Allie Reynolds has spent the most time on the mound, with 73 innings pitched and a 5.95 ERA.
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
Early last April, the Big Green hosted Princeton in a doubleheader and came out on top in both games. In the first game, Dartmouth easily took the win 6-0 as Breanna Ethridge tossed a complete game and struck out three. Returning for the second game, the Tigers played aggressively and took a 1-0 lead in the first, before the home team tied it up to end the inning. In the top of the second, Princeton scored four runs and took a 5-1 lead but would not score any more runs and the home team had plenty of time to come back. In the third inning, Morgan Martinelli hit a solo home run to cut the lead to three, before Alyssa Jorgensen’s single RBI in the fourth made it 5-3. Dartmouth would score three more runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead 6-5, and Ethridge would come in in the seventh for her first save of the season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a big weekend with two wins over Columbia, who was in first place in the league, entering the series. After splitting the doubleheader on Saturday, Dartmouth returned Sunday and took the win in thrilling fashion. The home team took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth after scoring three runs, but Columbia is known for rallying late in the game. In the top of the seventh the Lions cut the lead to 5-3 on a triple RBI from Madison Gott with one out, before Sommer Grzybek hit a single RBI batting in Gott. With a one-run deficit and two outs, Columbia’s Taylor Troutt singled to left field putting runners on first and second, before Alex Yule hit a ball to the shallow end of center field which Taylor Ward dove to catch for the final out.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
For some teams this weekend is the fourth weekend of Ivy League play while it is the third for the rest of the conference. Harvard has taken over as the first place team with the Big Green in second, both teams with a .667 winning percentage, and Columbia in third. Dartmouth currently leads the league in pitching with a 3.41 ERA. Ethridge is fourth in the conference with 2.86 and leads the Ancient Eight in strikeouts with 58.
WATCH THE ACTION
Even with the schedule change, all three games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network for subscribers. The ILN is available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN App for Android and Apple devices. There will be live stats provided by GoPrincetonTigers.com.
Dartmouth returns home next week to host Holy Cross in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at 3 p.m., and will host a three-game series against Cornell next weekend starting Saturday, April 14.