CLERMONT, Fla. – Cornell's softball team wrapped up its season-opening Spring Break trip with a 5-4 record, after splitting a pair of games Thursday.
The Rams rolled to a 13-1 five-inning rout of Franciscan (Ohio) in the opener. Cornell fell 4-1 in Game 2 against Rhode Island College.
Cornell's pitching staff was solid throughout the stay in Florida, compiling a 2.56 earned run average with six complete games. The Rams batted .298 as a team and clubbed seven home runs, three off the bat of senior outfielder Brittani Yost.
Renata Rankin hit a team-best .571 (8-of-14). Sophomore Rilee Vest went 9-of-17 at the plate (.529) with 12 RBIs.
The Rams racked up nine hits and 10 runs in the first two innings against Franciscan. Freshman Brianna Carney belted her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot in the first, and finished with three runs scored. Caitlin Connelly (1-0) fanned five batters over four innings for her first pitching win as a Ram.
Kelsey Boss, Vest and Rankin led the lineup with two hits apiece. Boss scored three runs, while Vest drove in a pair. Britt Schoon had a double and two RBIs.
Cornell was held to six singles in the Rhode Island game, which Boss tied at 1-1 on a hit that scored Jackie Sernek in the bottom of the third. The Rams gave up two costly unearned runs with two outs in the fourth. Rhode Island added the final run in the fifth.
Junior Amanda Engel (2-3) allowed nine hits and two earned runs over seven innings. She struck out four and walked one.
Coming up – The Rams are scheduled to play Wartburg (4-10) Saturday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Mount Vernon Softball Complex. They are slated to face 19th-ranked Coe (13-1) at 12 p.m. Sunday in Cedar Rapids.