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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Stephen K. Lee

Pitching Powers Columbia to Sweep on Day Two of Rebel Games




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. 

Game One
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.

Game Two
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.

In the third inning, the Lions picked up the lead after Alyssa Swearingen walked, stole second and came in to score on an Emily Snodgrass double for her team-leading seventh RBI of the season.

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.

First-year Nicole Borchard followed with an RBI single and Morgan Cook delivered the final dagger, a two-run double to the gap to give the Lions its final two scores.

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.


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