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.
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.