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Head coach Lisa Van Ackeren greets Keeley Walsh after her fourth-inning home run.
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Softball Caps Season as Longwood Gets Past Princeton 2-1

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/21/2016
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  Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
(23-28) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 8
(39-19) 0 0 0 1 1 0 X 2 5 1 9
WP - Gay, LP - Christian

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Keeley Walsh had Princeton's first NCAA tournament home run in eight years in the fourth inning, but Longwood rallied for a 2-1 victory to end the Tigers' season Saturday at James Madison.

Starters Shanna Christian and Longwood's Elizabeth McCarthy dueled for three scoreless innings before Walsh led off the fourth with the homer only to see the Lancers' Karleigh Donovan tie it with a one-out homer in the bottom half of the inning.

Princeton ran into trouble in the fifth, with the Lancers chasing Christian from the game after a two-out double and a walk. Ashley La Guardia came in to relieve, and the next two Lancer batters drew walks to get the go-ahead run before Skye Jerpbak caught a foul pop-up to leave the bases loaded.

Princeton looked to put together a rally in the seventh inning against reliever Sydney Gay, who entered in the fifth, with senior pinch-hitter Emily Viggers leading off the inning with a single up the middle and Haley Hineman reaching when her sacrifice bunt attempt was booted, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. But three consecutive fly-ball outs, the second coming on a standout defensive play when Longwood centerfielder Glenn Walters charged toward second base and made a diving catch, ended the game.

 

 
Freshman Keeley Walsh homered in the fourth.

 

Longwood's Glenn Walters drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth for the go-ahead run, putting the Lancers up 2-1

 

• This was the first meeting between Princeton and Longwood.

• Keeley Walsh's home run was Princeton's first in the NCAA tournament since Erin Miller '09 hit one against Lehigh in 2008 with Princeton coach Lisa Van Ackeren, then Lisa Sweeney, as the pitcher.

• Walsh's homer was her third of the season along with one against Dartmouth on April 3 and one against Rider on March 30.

• The loss was Princeton's 12th one-run defeat of the season.

• Senior Emily Viggers had hits in both of Princeton's NCAA tournament games, going 3 for 3 with a start against James Madison and a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning against Longwood.

 

 
Princeton ends its season with a 23-28 record after achieving its first Ivy League title since 2008 and its first NCAA tournament berth since that season.  
  
 
 
 
 
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