Softball Begins Four-Game Set With Ivy League South Rival Cornell on Saturday
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK -- The Columbia softball team will open up Ivy League South division play this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Cornell at Baker Athletics Complex. The Lions will take on the Big Red for two games on Saturday and Sunday, with each twinbill beginning at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday, a brief ceremony will take place to dedicate the newly-refurbished softball field prior to the start of the first game.

The Lions, who had their mid-week doubleheader against Lehigh postponed due to rain, picked up their first Ivy League victory of the season last weekend, a 16-1 thrashing of Brown on April 9. The 16 runs were the most ever scored by a Columbia softball team in a single game, eclipsing the previous record of 13 set last season against Fairleigh Dickinson.

First-year Morgan Cook had three hits and four RBIs in the contest, while classmate Emily Caruthers, sophomore Jennifer Bergeron, and seniors Karen Tulig and Anne Marie Skylis all added three hits.

Cornell has lost four of its last five contests and currently stands at 16-16-1, and 5-3 in the Ivy League to lead the North Division. Elizabeth Dalrymple leads the Big Red pitching staff, as the two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year has recorded a team-best 10 victories and holds a 1.38 ERA. Offensively, Marissa Amiraian has a .398 average and has legged out nine triples, while Kristen Towne has a team-best six home runs and has a .323 batting avergage.