Offense Carries Softball to Split at Brown
NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team exploded for 19 hits to earn a 12-1 win in game one over Brown. The Lions (13-15, 2-4) continued to hit the ball well in the nightcap, but dropped a 5-1 decision to the Bears.
The Lions are right back at it tomorrow, April 6, when they take on Yale for a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Columbia 12, Brown 1
First-year Nicole Borchard continued her strong offensive play, notching an RBI single to score Emily Snodgrass in the top of the first. With runners on the corners, the next batter Kayla Shimoda dropped down a bunt single to bring in Alix Cook to wrap up the scoring in the opening frame.
In the second, Columbia loaded the bases after Macy Shrum was hit by a pitch and singles by Emily Caruthers and Snodgrass. Alix Cook singled to plate the third run of the game and Borchard drove in another run by drawing a bases loaded walk. Kayla Shimoda broke up a potential double play by beating a throw to first base to make it 5-0.
Shrum belted her third long ball of the year, a solo shot in the fourth, and Borchard doubled in Alix Cook in the fifth to give Columbia a 7-0 advantage.
The Bears (7-14, 1-5) put a run on the board in the fourth, but the Lions put the finishing touches on the win in the seventh by putting five runs on the board.
Columbia started the inning with three straight hits, including an RBI single by Shrum. Alyssa Swearingen later blasted her first career home run, a three-run blast to extend the margin to 11-1. Borchard her tremendous game with her fourth RBI of the day on an opposite field single to rightfield.
Borchard went 4-for-4 to lead six players who posted multiple hits in the game.
First-year Emily Kenyon improved to 6-5 after allowing just one run on two hits. Kenyon added five strikeouts to push her season total to 89.
Columbia 1, Brown 5
In game two, the Lions picked up nine hits, but did not find a way to generate more offense than a solo home run by Swearingen in the top of the fifth inning.
Sophomore Brooke Darling looked poised to make that run stand up until she ran into trouble in the sixth inning.
After recording the first out, Stephanie Thompson singled off Darling and then Kelsey Hom reached on an infield single. Trista Chavez put Brown on top, 3-1, with a three-run blast , and the Bears tacked on two more runs to put the game away.
Liz Caggiano went 2-for-3 in the nightcap, while Swearingen finished 2-for-3.
Darling falls to 5-6, after allowing five runs on six hits.