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Harvard Overcomes Rain Delay, Dalrymple to Take Game One of the Softball Championship Series

Game One of the Ivy League Softball Championship Series went to Harvard, 5-0

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Game one of the 2011 Ivy League Softball Championship Series pitted two of the League's bets pitchers against each other as Harvard's Rachel Brown and Cornell's Elizabeth Dalrymple, the 2009 and 2010 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, looked to stake their teams to a 1-0 lead. At the end of a game that started at 1:00 p.m. and ended only a few minutes shy of 6:00 p.m. due to a three-hour rain delay, Brown was able to silence the Big Red bats and lift the Crimson to a 5-0 win at Soldiers Field on Saturday afternoon.

Brown tossed a complete game shutout, limiting Cornell to three hits while striking out 12. Dalrymple ended up going 4.2 innings, but gave up three of the four earned runs charged to her after the rain delay.

Harvard jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After leading off with a single, Ellen MacAdam stole second, was bunted over to third and then scored on a sac fly by Kasey Lange.

Then in the middle of the third inning, there was a rain delay of almost three hours. When the teams returned to the diamond, it was the Crimson bats that came alive, pushing across one run in the bottom of the third and three more in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Allie Scott had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to lead the offensive charge.

Cornell, winners of the last two Ivy Championship Series, will look to take game two tomorrow to force a game three. Game two is set to begin at 11:00 a.m., while a third game, if needed, will be played after a 30-minute break.