April 22, 2009

Softball to Face Streaking Ithaca College in Twin Bill at Home

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Fresh off a 3-1 showing against Columbia over the weekend to clinch the Ivy League South Division title, the softball team stays home tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. twin bill vs. local rival Ithaca College. The Bombers (22-10) are coming off of a 10-2, 9-0 doubleheader sweep of Oneonta yesterday afternoon to run their winning streak to nine. Sophomore catcher Kerry Barger went 5-for-7 on the day, while junior first baseman Caitlin Ryan also recorded five hits, including a 3-for-3 performance in Game 2 with two RBIs. Classmate Brittany Lillie notched three extra-base hits in six at-bats, including a home run in both games –– good for a team-high seven RBIs between the two ends of the doubleheader. Junior Alyssa Brook went four innings in Game 2, allowing no hits, runs or walks en route to the Bombers’ 9-0 shutout of the Red Dragons. As of April 17, Ithaca was ranked seventh in the first NCAA Northeast Region poll, which is based on the same criteria used to select and seed teams for the NCAA playoffs. The Red (34-10, 13-3 Ivy), meanwhile, had a successful outing in New York City on Saturday and Sunday in back-to-back doubleheaders. Sophomore Elizabeth Dalrymple continued her dominance on the mound, improving to 15-3 on the season while striking out 15 batters in Game 1 –– a new Cornell single-game record. The Red offense was not far behind, combining for 30 runs over the course of the four-game series.