March 10, 2006

Softball to Face Full Slate at Dixie Classic

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The softball team will have plenty of chances to pull its record above .500 this weekend, as it is set to play a slate of six games in Virginia Beach, Va., when the Dixie Classic kicks off today.

Norfolk State, Delaware, Maryland, James Madison, Niagara, and George Mason are all lined up for Cornell this weekend. The Red is coming off a 2-2 weekend at the season-opening George Mason Patriot Classic. Mt. Saint Mary’s topped Cornell in extra innings, 8-6, and Niagara (2-1) earned a 4-1 victory in the two teams’ first meeting Saturday. However, the Red was able to recover and even its record the next day with wins over Niagara and George Mason (0-12) by scores of 9-0 and 7-3, respectively.

Senior co-captain Caitlin Warren set the pace for the Red on the offensive side in the team’s two wins, going 2-for-3 with an RBI against Niagara and knocking in a solo home run against George Mason. Freshman Jessica Berkey also made an impact in her first weekend of collegiate play, going 1-for-3 at the plate, hitting a triple and scoring two runs. She added a 2-for-4 showing and an RBI against George Mason.

Sophomore Jenn Meunier has posted a 1-1 record in two starts and 12 innings pitched for the Red thus far, accumulating a 2.25 ERA and giving up 12 hits. Rookie Haley Mirrer has already put in 10 innings worth of work in her young career, posting a 2.70 ERA and earning a team-high 10 strikeouts. Senior co-captain Whitney Smith gives the Red a third option on the mound. She pitched a perfect inning in relief against Niagara.

Norfolk State brings a 3-6 record into this weekend’s tournament. Allison Greene paces the Spartans with a .381 batting average and five RBIs, while Erica Tillar has hit .364 and batted in seven runs while adding two home runs. Natasha Steele has hurled her way to a 2-2 record with a 4.38 ERA for Norfolk State.

Delaware and Cornell have similar goals in mind this weekend, as the Blue Hens are also looking to nudge their 3-3 record in the winning direction. Kim Ottivore has been the most productive Blue Hen at the plate in Delaware’s young season, hitting .278 with four RBIs and one home run.

After facing the Spartans and the Blue Hens today, the Red will turn its focus to Maryland and James Madison tomorrow. The Terps (7-8) hold a decisive advantage by virtue of the fact that they have a great deal of game experience under their belts.

Archived article by Olivia Dwyer
Sun Sports Editor