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Two Tiger teams vie for Ivy titles; senior pitcher finishes on top

Softball | Tigers to face Harvard in Ivy Championship

Two dramatic come-from-behind wins against Cornell April 27 propelled Princeton softball to the Ivy League’s South Division championship, and with an 18-2 league record, the Tigers also earned the right to host this weekend’s best-of-three championship series against North Division-champ Harvard (14-6 Ivy). The winner earns a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Princeton has been explosive on offense, hitting a school-record 51 home runs this year, including 38 in Ivy games. Harvard aims to counter with strong pitching: Crimson pitchers have allowed just six home runs in 20 Ivy contests. The series will be played at Class of 1895 Field, with the first two games beginning May 3 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The third game will be played May 4 at 12:30 p.m., if necessary.

Men’s lacrosse | Postseason hopes hinge on finale

Princeton men’s lacrosse has seen ups and downs in the last two weekends, upsetting then-No. 3 Cornell April 19 but losing at Dartmouth April 26. The Tigers still have the inside track for a share of the Ivy title and, with a tiebreaker over Cornell, the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. But to claim that prize, Princeton must beat Brown May 3 in Providence. (Princeton, Brown, and Cornell each have one loss in Ivy play.)

Baseball | Miller ’08 holds Cornell hitless

Steven Miller ’08′s final start as a Princeton pitcher had a rocky beginning: Two walks, an error, a hit batsman, and another walk in the first inning gave Cornell an early 2-0 lead. But Miller settled down, striking out 10 Big Red batters in seven innings and never allowing a hit in what would be a 3-2 Princeton victory April 27.
Miller was the first Tiger pitcher to throw a complete-game no-hitter since Randy Blevins ’73 accomplished the feat against Columbia in his senior year. Miller’s win, he told The Daily Princetonian, “was probably the ugliest no-hitter that’s ever been thrown. But to do that in my last collegiate start, that was definitely special.”

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Ryan Dowd ’11 takes a break from getting hit in the face with whipped-cream-and-fudge-syrup pies from a charity pie toss held April 26 at Communiversity, Princeton’s town-gown street fair.
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

A fresh Take on modern dance

Take Dance Company, a New York group with ties to two Princeton generations, will open its spring show May 15 at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. Sharon Park ’02 and Kristen Arnold ’06 are among Take’s principal dancers, and the group’s board includes James Kraft ’57, who was instrumental in the company’s founding four years ago, Henry Bessire ’57, and Louise Bessire, Henry’s wife.
Take draws its name from Takehiro Ueyama, the company’s founding choreographer and artistic director. “Dancing today can look like an exhausting dash to the finish line,” Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times wrote in one review of Ueyama’s work. “Mr. Ueyama brings a soft and silky calm and sunny sweetness to everything he does.” For more information about Take’s May 15, 16, and 17 shows, visit the company’s Web site, takedanceny.com.

Answers to the April 23 Weekly Blog Quiz (Letter locales)

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From: Frist Campus Center, which still bears the inscription of its former name, the Palmer Physical Laboratory.

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From: The School of Architecture, recently renovated with a new glass entryway.

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From: West College, which carries the labels “North West” and “South West” over its two entrances.

The Countdown:

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Days until Reunions 2008