The Red have a talented group of freshmen coming in next season that should bring a spark to the roster.

Softball Drops Season-Ending Series to Princeton, Looks to Rebound in 2017

Cornell women’s softball (9-32, 3-17 Ivy) finished its 2016 season with four straight losses to Princeton (21-25, 14-6 Ivy). The Red could not keep up with a Princeton offense that exploded for 30 runs over the four-game series. Nonetheless, the Red continued to battle, as it has all season long. “Obviously we didn’t get the results we wanted this weekend, but we fought hard until the end,” said senior outfielder Emily Weinberg. Cornell lost its first game on Friday, 10-1.

Softball hopes to play spoiler and steal games against Princeton to finish off the Red's season.

Cornell Softball to Finish Regular Season in Four Game Series with Princeton

In its final nonconference game of the year, Cornell softball did not let their four-game sweep at Penn’s hands keep them down, going on to beat Colgate 6-3 in Hamilton on Tuesday. The Red (9-28, 3-13 Ivy) rode a well-rounded hitting attack and relied on the arm of sophomore Maddie Orcutt against the Raiders (8-26, 3-8 Patriot). They now face a challenging last weekend of the regular season at home against South Ivy division leader Princeton (17-25, 10-6). For head coach Julie Farlow ’97, Tuesday’s game with the Raiders could not have come quick enough. She was ready to move on from a frustrating weekend against Penn.

Senior Meg Parker pitched seven innings and didn't allow an earned run, helping Cornell beat Columbia, 7-2.

Softball Splits Home Series With Columbia

Cornell women’s softball had its best stretch of the 2016 season this past week, winning four of its past six games against Albany (24-11, 7-0 America East) and Columbia (11-26, 4-8 Ivy). Cornell (8-22,3-9) squared off against Albany on Wednesday, winning the first matchup, 6-3, and exploding offensively for a 14-2 victory in the second game. Dominant pitching from sophomore Maddie Orcutt and senior Meg Parker kept a talented Albany offense from tacking on runs. Both pitchers worked around several jams to prevent the Greyhounds from rallying. The Red also produced a solid defensive effort and continued its trend of constant improvement in the field.

Despite some improvements, softball was not able to get it done against Brown and Yale.

Cornell Softball Drops Four Games Against Ivy League Foes

Cornell women’s softball (4-20, 1-7 Ivy) suffered four defeats over the weekend in series against Brown (16-11, 5-3) and Yale (11-21, 4-4). Despite the losses, the Red has been playing better softball of late with recent wins against Harvard (16-13, 6-2) and George Mason (16-16, 3-5 A10).

The softball team will play both Brown and Yale twice this weekend.

Four Ivy League Matches on Deck for Cornell Softball

Earlier this week, inclement weather caused the softball team’s series at Siena (12-11, 0-2 MAAC) scheduled for Tuesday to be moved to Wednesday, but later it was cancelled altogether. Despite this, Cornell (4-16, 1-3 Ivy) will move on to play doubleheaders against Brown (13-10, 2-2) and Yale (9-19, 2-2) this weekend on the road. “We were frustrated with the Siena cancellation,” said senior catcher Leanne Iannucci. “We look forward to mid-week non-conference games to work on things in an actual game format before we have to play another Ivy League team again. Unfortunately, bad weather happens in upstate New York, and cancellations have happened to us before.