The Columbia softball team will spend a week in Kissimme, Fla. where they will play 10 games in six days as part of the Rebel Spring Games. There will be live stats and live blog coverage for each game.
The Lions split a doubleheader at Rider, who they’ll face twice more at the Rebel Games, on Sunday. Columbia won a wild, 7-6, affair, in game one thanks in part to a three-run homer by Macy Shrum. In game two, the Lions came up just short, dropping a 4-3 decision.
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.
Sophomore Alix Cook has reached base safely in all seven of the Lions’ games this season. She comes into the Rebel Games with a .304 batting averag eas the team’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.
Sophomore Alix Cook finished 2012 with just five strikeouts in 130 at-bats to rank as the 14th toughest batter to fan in the country. This year, she has recorded zero strikeouts in 23 at-bats.
COLUMBIA IN SEASON OPENERS
The Lions fell to 5-9 all-time in season openers after dropping a slim, 1-0, decision to Iona at the Towson Invitational on March 1.
ALL-IVY HONOREES RETURN
Sophomores Liz Caggiano and Kayla Shimoda each impressed during their rookie seasons in 2012, earning All-Ivy League Honorable Mention status. Caggiano was named conference Rookie of the Week twice and hit .265 with five homers and 17 RBI. Shimoda used a hot-streak down the stretch to finish with a .280 batting average and belted five doubles.
Columbia’s roster is comprised of 12 first-years and sophomores with just five upper-classmen. Outfielder Alison Lam is the squad’s lone senior.
LIONS WELCOME SIX CUBS TO THE PACK
Columbia brought in six first-years into the fold that should make quick impacts to the team. The Lions welcome pitchers Emily Kenyon (Monmouth, Ore.), Tessa Kroll (Elmhurst, Ill.) and Summer Secrest (San Clemente, Calif.), infielders Macy Schrum (La Porte, Texas) and Nicole Borcard (Pleasanton, Calif., and outfielder Alyssa Swearingen (Palm Beach Garden, Fla.).
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