Cornell to Visit Softball as Tigers Wrap Ivy Slate Saturday, Sunday
Cornell will visit the Princeton softball team for their annual four-game series Saturday and Sunday to wrap the Ivy League season. Doubleheaders each day at the Class of 1895 Field will begin at 12:30 p.m.
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|In addition to Sunday's Senior Day honors for seniors Maddie Cousens and Tory Roberts, Princeton will recognize Khristin Kyllo, who entered Princeton as a member of the Class of 2014 but passed away on Jan. 13, 2011 during her freshman year. In rememberance, Sunday's doubleheader has been designated a Purple Game, and fans are invited to wear purple for epilepsy awareness. For more information, visit Purple Day at PurpleDay.org and SUDEP Aware at sudepaware.org.|
Both teams enter the final weekend still mathematically alive for the Ivy South divisional title, but the path there involves much help from the Columbia-Penn series this weekend and possibly the outcome of an unfinished game between Penn and Harvard. Those scenarios will become much clearer once Saturday's play is complete, as the Columbia-Penn series will be done, presuming playable weather, and the Cornell-Princeton series will be half over.
Penn (10-5) leads Columbia (8-8) by two and a half games and Princeton (7-9) and Cornell (6-8) each by three and a half games in the Ivy South.
Here is a look at the Tigers and the Big Red heading into the weekend:
|Princeton | Stats
Record: 15-24, 7-9 Ivy
Top Two Pitchers: Erica Nori, Fr., 8-6, 2.21 ERA, 88 2/3 IP; Shanna Christian, So., 5-11, 4.48 ERA, 89 IP
Team BA: .238 | Team ERA: 3.71
|Cornell | Stats
Record: 15-23, 6-8 Ivy
Top Two Pitchers: Alyson Onyon, Sr., 8-9, 3.53 ERA, 115 IP; Meg Parker, So., 5-9, 5.67 ERA, 84 IP
Team BA: .267 | Team ERA: 4.63
Princeton and Cornell have played an annual four-game series since 2007, but the Tigers have only won two of the seven series, in 2008 and 2013. A series win would be the first back-to-back series victories for Princeton in that span, and a sweep would also be a first, as Princeton took the '08 and '13 series 3-1.