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Senior Danielle Allen and the Tigers opened their NCAA tournament play Friday.
Courtesy: Keith Lucas

No. 8 James Madison Tops Softball in NCAA Tournament Opener

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/20/2016
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(23-27) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4
(47-4) 0 0 5 0 2 0 X 7 9 0 6
WP - Good, LP - Christian

Box Score & Play-by-Play 

Princeton's first NCAA tournament game in eight years went to eighth-ranked James Madison, 5-0 Friday afternoon before 1,726 at the Dukes' home field.

Starter Shanna Christian went three innings, and after leaving a runner at third in the second, JMU used a single and three walks to plate a run and load the bases for Taylor Newton, who sent a grand slam into the left-field bleachers for a 5-0 lead.

Virginia native Riley Wilkinson went into relieve for the Tigers in the fourth, and JMU added to its lead in the fifth with three hits, an error and a sacrifice fly to threaten to end the game early, but Wilkinson stranded runners on second and third to push the game to the sixth.

Princeton had three hits against JMU pitcher Megan Good, all singles and two by Emily Viggers. The Tigers put two on in the sixth, on Viggers' second single and a failed fielder's choice that allowed Danielle Allen to reach, but a groundout and a strikeout ended the inning.


Senior Emily Viggers had two of Princeton's three hits.


JMU's Taylor Newton hit a grand slam in the third inning, part of a five-run frame that gave the Dukes a cushion the rest of the way.


• This was the fifth meeting between Princeton and James Madison. JMU has won the last four.

• This was the first NCAA tournament appearance for any of the current Tigers and first NCAA tournament appearance as a head coach for Lisa Van Ackeren, who in 2008 was the winning pitcher for Lehigh in Princeton's last NCAA tournament game.

• No. 8 JMU was the highest-ranked opponent Princeton has faced since taking on No. 4 Stanford in a 2009 regular-season game.

• Princeton's game against Longwood will mark the first meeting between the schools.


Princeton will face Longwood in an elimination game Saturday at 4:30. The Lancers fell 6-4 to North Carolina in Friday's first game.






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