KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Columbia softball team opened the Rebel Games with a 5-2 victory over Wagner on Friday morning. The Lions (3-5) will return to the diamond this afternoon when they take on Lehigh at 1 p.m.
In the bottom of the second, Nicole Borchard led things off with a single and moved to second on a Morgan Cook sacrifice bunt. Shrum followed with a single to put runners on the corners for Liz Caggiano, who hit a sinking fly ball to centerfield. Carly Nicoletti couldn’t handle it cleanly and Columbia took the 1-0 edge.
Sophomore Alyssa Swearingen knocked in Shrum with a sharply-hit double to leftfield and later a walk loaded the bases for Alix Cook. The speedy outfielder legged out a single to extend the inning and drive in the third run, and Swearingen made it 4-0 after scoring on a fielder’s choice where the Seawolves’ third baseman’s foot was off the bag on a force play.
In the third, two errors by the Lions’ infield led to a two-out Jessica Albarran RBI single, but starting pitcher Brooke Darling escaped any further damage by freezing the next batter.
The Lions took that run back in the bottom of the frame, putting runners on first and second with just one out. Leadoff batter Emily Caruthers hit a grounder to short and forced an errant throw, allowing Caggiano to score from second on the play.
Columbia seemed poised to take the game without incident until a Wagner rally in the top of the seventh. The Seawolves loaded the bases with three-straight base knocks, but Darling induced a 6-4-3 double play. Wagner scored a run on the outs, but the defensive play halted the momentum and Carly Nicoletti grounded out to the circle to end the game.
Darling improves to 3-1 on the year after allowing just one earned run on 12 hits in seven innings. The sophomore right-hander also struck out three.