April 25, 2006

Softball Takes Two From Ivy Foe Yale

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The softball team picked up a huge two-game sweep of Yale (27-19, 2-8 Ivy) yesterday, putting the Red (24-21, 9-3) in great position to hold onto second place in the Ivy League race.

Princeton (26-15, 12-2) clinched first place yesterday with a sweep of Dartmouth, ending the Red’s title aspirations.

Although yesterday’s games had originally been scheduled for Sunday, rains across the Northeast pushed the twin bill back a day. The Red, on the strength of a 5-3 win in the first game and a 4-0 shutout in the second, were able to shutdown the Bulldogs on their own field.

In the first game, junior Lauren Battaglia’s pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the seventh broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Red to a 5-3 win. Freshman Hailey Mirrer (7-7) pitched a gem, weaving together a four-hit shutout to lead the Red to a 4-0 victory in the second game.

The opener was delayed 20 minutes because of rain, but it did not slow the Bulldogs bats early. Cornell sophomore Jenn Meunier (13-8) hit the first two batters she faced and followed up later with the inning by a passed ball and another wild pitch. Yale led 2-1 after the first, but Meunier settled down to earn the win, striking out seven while going the distance.

The Red tied the game in the second on freshman Jessica Berkey’s third home run of the season. However, Yale responded quickly and regained the lead in the third on junior Meredith Park’s sacrifice fly.

After the early offense, Meunier and Yale senior Peggy Hunt calmed down and did not allow any more runs – that is, until the seventh inning. With Yale leading 3-2, senior Caitlin Warren led off the inning with a single. Berkey followed with a double that scored Warren and tied the game. After Hunt recorded an out, Battaglia stepped in and launched a home run to left field to give the Red the lead. Yale had the tying runs in scoring position in the seventh, but Meunier prevailed to seal the game. The complete game was Meunier’s 13th of the season.

The second game was all Cornell, as the Red scored one in the first and three in the second to take an early 4-0 lead. Cornell’s three-run output in the second was sparked by RBI singles from Battaglia and sophomores Jenna Campagnolo and Samantha Hare. That was all Mirrer would need, as Yale was able to muster just four hits the entire game.

Cornell returns to action on Thursday when it faces local-rival Ithaca College at Kostrinky Field.

Archived article by Jeremy Drucker
Sun Staff Writer