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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Softball Heads to Rider for Doubleheader Sunday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/08/2013
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Columbia softball will face Rider for a doubleheader on Sunday, March 10, in Lawrenceville, N.J. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The twinbill was slated to be played on March 9, but snow accumulation pushed the games back to Sunday.

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
The Lions opened the season last weekend at the Towson Invitational where they posted a 1-4 record, but four of those decisions came by just one run. Sophomore Alix Cook has reached base safely in each of the first five contests, batting as Columbia’s primary leadoff hitter.

SCOUTING REPORT
RIDER

The Broncs have lost eight-straight after dropping both games of a twinbill at Drexel on March 5.

Kehli Washington has been Rider’s offensive catalyst, hitting .324 with six stolen bases and a team-best three runs scored. Allysen Breeden has been the club’s best run-producer, posting five RBI and the Broncs’ lone home run of the year.

In the circle, Krista Morrone and Montana Berg are the slated starters. Morrone is 1-5 with a 5.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts. Berg has made three starts on the year and is 0-4 with a 14.14 ERA in 16.1 innings.

LIONS AGAINST RIDER ALL-TIME
Record: 17-13
Last Meeting(s):
Mar. 28, 2012
(Rider, 3-0, Game 1 - Columbia, 3-0, Game 2)

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
The Lions opened the season last weekend at the Towson Invitational where they posted a 1-4 record, but four of those decisions came by just one run. Sophomore Alix Cook has reached base safely in each of the first five contests, batting as Columbia’s primary leadoff hitter.

KENYON SHINES IN OPENING WEEKEND
First-year Emily Kenyon posted 19 strikeouts in her first two collegiate outings last weekend, earning her a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Despite not earning a win, Kenyon posted a 2.33 ERA and allowed just nine hits in 12 innings of work.

DARLING WORKING OVERTIME
Not to be overshadowed was sophomore starting hurler Brooke Darling also had a strong opening weekend after pitching well in a pair of extra-inning games. Darling went toe-to-toe with Lehigh’s ace Becca Bliss, allowing just two runs in 10 innings and retired 11 batters in a row at one point against a potent Mountain Hawk offense. She followed with a brilliant eight-inning victory against Iona on March. 9, giving up just one run on six hits with four strikeouts.

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