KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Cornell's softball team finished a successful spring break trip with six straight victories, and in Wednesday's finale handed Shanda Ness her 400th collegiate coaching win.
The Rams scored early and often in lopsided wins over Wisconsin Lutheran, 13-0, and Farmingdale State, 10-1. Both games were stopped in the fifth inning via the mercy rule.
Cornell heads back to Mount Vernon with an 8-2 record and much confidence to build on for the remainder of the spring. The Rams plated 59 runs over their final six contests and hit .358 for the entire trip. The pitching staff posted an impressive 1.86 earned run average for the 10 games.
Ness bumped her career record to 400-300 in 21 seasons as a head coach. She moved to 217-159-1 in her 11th year with the Rams. Ness won 164 games in eight seasons at Gustavus Adolphus, after getting her coaching start at Dakota Wesleyan.
The Rams produced 15 hits in the rout of Wisconsin Lutheran (2-5). Tirzah Sisneros (FR/Thornton, Colo.) led the charge, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Carley Robison (FR/Brighton, Colo.) tripled, singled and scored three times. Stephanie Xavier (JR/Aurora, Colo.), Heidi Miller (FR/Deltona, Fla.) and Melissa Griffin (SR/Oswego, Ill.) all chipped in two hits apiece.
Haley Harmon (SO/Becker, Minn.) went the distance in the pitching circle, improving to 5-0. The sophomore scattered seven hits and struck out three. The Rams played errorless ball behind Harmon.
Cornell did all its scoring in two innings against Farmingdale (4-4), plating six runs in the second and four in the third. Robison went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs from the leadoff spot. Tana Kemmer (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) also had three hits while scoring twice and driving in two.
Melissa Orton (JR/Downers Grove, Ill.) delivered a three-run triple in Cornell's big second inning. The Rams got two hits apiece from Xavier and Jesse Applehans (SR/Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
Applehans (3-1) picked up the pitching win, allowing two hits and one run over four innings. She struck out three. Lily Dahlstrom (FR/Mount Vernon, Iowa) worked a scoreless fifth, fanning two.
Coming up – Cornell is scheduled to play rival Coe for a single game March 22 in Mount Vernon. First pitch is 5 p.m.
The winner earns one point toward the 2016-17 Bremner Cup All-Sport Series, which Cornell leads 6-4 with five competitions remaining.