After having its first two weekends of scheduled games canceled due to the inclement weather in the northeast, the softball team will make its 2003 debut in the state of Florida. The Red will kick off its trip against Stetson in DeLand, Fla. before heading to the Rebel Games in Kissimmee. Its opponents during the week-long tournament will include IUPUI, St. Peters, Dayton, Rider, George Washington, Vermont, Fordham, Army, Florida A&M and Colgate. Cornell will conclude its long road trip at Daytona Beach against Bethune Cookman.
The Red had been scheduled to play Drexel last weekend and the Dixie Classic the week before that, but all seven games were canceled. Additionally, as a result of the poor field conditions in Ithaca, the team has been unable to practice outdoors and has been relegated to the Ramin Room.
On its trip to Florida last season, Cornell went 6-8. The Red lost doubleheaders to both Stetson and Bethune Cookman a season ago on the bookends of the week-long journey, but managed a 6-4 mark in the Rebel Games. Two of those wins came against two teams — Vermont and Florida A&M — that the club will see again this season. Cornell beat the Catamounts by a 6-2 score while pummeling Florida A&M into a five-inning 9-0 victory.
Cornell will finally play its first home games of the season on March 27 when it hosts Colgate in an afternoon doubleheader.
Archived article by Alex Ip