NEW YORK - The Columbia softball team will conclude the 2013 campaign with a four-game set against Penn. The series will begin on Friday, April 26, with a pair of games at the Columbia Softball Stadium, beginning at 2 p.m. On Saturday, April 26, the clubs will play another double-dip in Philadelphia set to start at 12:30 p.m.

Prior to game one on Friday, the Lions will recognize the efforts of senior Alison Lam, playing in the final home game of her career.

The Lions will look to finish the season strong after dropping five of their last six contests. Columbia fell twice at Lehigh on April 23 to wrap up non-conference play. Alix Cook notched three hits on the day, extending her hitting streak to nine games. Sophomore Kalli Schultea pitched four shutout innings in game one.

The Quakers have won seven of their last eight contests, and have a magic number of one to clinch the South Division. Their most recent game was an 11-3 triumph over Temple on April 24. Brooke Coloma is hitting .364 with team-highs of 27 runs, 33 RBI and 13 steals. Alexis Borden is the Quakers’ ace, posting a 14-8 record with a 2.30 ERA and 141 strikeouts.

Record: 12-29
Last Meeting(s):  April 23-24, 2012
(Penn won season series, 4-0)

Junior Emily Caruthers is having an outstanding year has set new program marks for stolen bases in a single-season and career. She currenly has 28 steals, which passes the old mark of 27 held by Jennifer Bergeron. Caruthers’ 14 steals in 2013 broke the old mark of 12 that she previously set in 2010. Caruthers is second on the team, hitting at .336 and is second on the team with 25 runs scored.

First-year Nicole Borchard was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on April 8 after hitting .450 with six RBI in six games against FDU, Brown and Yale. Borchard is tied for ninth in the Ivy League with 24 RBI. The second baseman is the third player to earn a major conference award this season.

With Columbia’s 5-4 win in game one against FDU on Apr. 2, head coach Kayla Noonan earned her 200th career victory. Noonan is in her 11th season at the helm of the Lions and is already the program’s leader in wins.

Sophomore Alix Cook has reached base safely in 41-of-44 games this season. She has struck out just four times in 146 at bats to rank as the nation’s 10th toughest batter to fan. In 2012, she was 14th in that category.

The Lions pitching staff has been a huge strength early this season. Columbia currently leads the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA collectively.

First-year Emily Kenyon has made an immediate impact for the Columbia this season, posting a 2.72 ERA with nine wins and 134 strikeouts, the most of any first-year in program history and the third highest single-season total. She has earned a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll three times for her efforts.

Sophomore starting hurler Brooke Darling has had a strong year in the circle, earning 10 victories with  a 2.28 ERA in 119.2  innings of work. She opened the year pitching a pair of complete-games that went extra innings.

Sophomore Kayla Shimoda homered in back-to-back games, serving a grand slam in the nightcap of Columbia’s series with Dartmouth on March 29 and hitting an inside the park home run in the first game against Harvard on March 30. The standout utility is one of the Ivy League leaders with nine doubles.

Junior Emily Snodgrass became the second Lion to earn Ivy League Player of the Week status on March 19 after hitting .412 with three home runs and six RBI. She finished the Rebel Games with a scorching .438 batting average, four dingers, 12 RBI and 10 runs. She has been one of the Lions’ top offensive threat this year, hitting .303 with five homers and 24 RBI and ranks among the league leaders in most batting categories.

First-year Nicole Borchard’s first career home run was one to remember, a grand slam in a 6-0 victory over Rider on March 19. Borchard, who has started all 44 games for Columbia at second base, finished the game with a career-best five RBI.

First-year pitcher Tessa Kroll posted a complete-game shutout to pick up her fist career win against Rider on March 19. The tall right-hander struck out five batters and allowed just five hits in the victory. Additionally, she picked up her first collegiate save on April 16, recording the final two outs in a win over Marist.

Sopohomore utility player Kayla Shimoda was named Ivy League Player of the Week on March 12 after going 5-for-5 in two games at Rider on March 9. The Aiea, Hawai’i native, was the first Lion to earn the honor since current assistant coach Maggie Johnson took the distinction on Apr. 6, 2010.