KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Columbia softball pitchers Emily Kenyon and Brooke Darling each tossed complete-game shutouts to guide the Lions to a pair of victories on day two of the Rebel Spring Games on Saturday. Columbia moves over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 6-5.
SCHEDULE NOTE: Columbia’s games on Sunday against Rider and Green Bay have been moved to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. In addition, the Lions doubleheader against Manhattan on Wednesday, March 20, will be played at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Columbia 1, Utah Valley 0
The Lions registered just one hit against the Wolverines (13-9), but that was enough with the continued brilliance of Kenyon in the circle. She allowed just seven hits and struck out six to even her record to 2-2 on the season.
Columbia’s lone run came in the bottom of the second without recording a hit. Liz Caggiano and Macy Shrum each drew walks to put runners on first and second. With two outs, Emily Caruthers flew down the first base line on a grounder to third. Utah Valley’s third baseman Debra Lovell had to rush her throw to first and it sailed over the head of her first baseman, allowing pinch-runner Summer Secrest to score from second base.
There were a few tense moments when the Wolverines threatened, but each time Kenyon rose to the occasion. In the fourth, with the bases loaded and two outs the Monmouth, Ore. native got a huge swinging strikeout on a rise-ball to get out of the jam.
In the seventh, the Wolverines put the go-ahead run on base after a bloop single and a walk. Once again, Kenyon buckled down and used good location to force back-to-back fly outs to left to end the game.
Kayla Shimoda picked up the only hit for the Lions and was 1-for-2.
Columbia 6, Saint Peter's 0
Not to be outdone, Darling ended the day with a gem, striking out six batters with no walks, to move to 4-1 on the year.
Columbia did the rest of its work in the fifth, scoring five runs to put the game away. Swearingen started things off with a base-hit and Snodgrass was beaned by a pitch. Alix Cook followed with a single, to keep her streak of reaching base safely alive at 11, to set up Shimoda. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Week drove in an insurance run with a long fly out to left to bring in Swearingen.
Darling did the rest, working out of minimal trouble to help the Lions win their fourth-straight.
Borchard went 3-for-3 with a stolen base in the nightcap. Morgan Cook and Swearingen had two hits apiece.