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HAMPTON, Va. – The Columbia softball team earned its first victory of the season, a 7-3 triumph over Hartford in its first game of the Hampton Invitational. The Lions also picked up a forfeit win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the night cap after the game was called due to darkness in the fourth inning and the Knights opted not to resume the game tomorrow.

Columbia took out a lot of its frustration from last weekend out on the Hawks in the top of the first inning, taking a 3-0 lead on a bases clearing triple from Shelby Unger.

In the bottom half of the inning, a leadoff walk and stolen base set the table for Jenice Aloyo, who singled up the middle to cut the deficit to two. A big line out double play halted any chance for a bigger Hartford inning.

Alix Cook and Unger singles put runners on the corners to set up a Liz Caggiano knock through the left side to retain the three-run cushion in the third inning. The Lions added another insurance run in the fourth after Emily Snodgrass drove in Kayla Shimoda, who started a two-out rally with a base hit and stolen base, to make it 5-1.

Columbia continued to force the issue in the sixth, tacking on two more on an RBI triple from Shimoda to bring in Jackie Li and the next batter, Snodgrass, drove in Shimoda to extend the margin to 7-1.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the sixth. Hartford plated two runs and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the inning. With the bases loaded, a pitch got away from Liz Caggiano and Ana Alberti took off for home. Caggiano corralled the loose ball and flipped to first baseman Alyssa Rodia, who applied the tag to end the threat.

Snodgrass finished 3-for-4 from the dish to go with the two RBI. Darling picked up the win (1-3) after tossing a complete-game, allowing the three runs on eight hits to go with seven strikeouts.

The Lions wrap up the tournament tomorrow, Mar. 2 with a 1 p.m. contest agaianst the host Pirates.