NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team returns to the Baker Athletics Complex on Thursday, April 11 for a non-conference twinbill against Saint Peter’s. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.
The Lions are coming off a 3-1 road weekend to pull them back to the .500 mark (15-15) and more importantly, keeps them in the mix in the South Division of the Ivy League at 4-4. Columbia came up with a split at Brown before busting out the brooms to sweep Yale.
The teams met earlier this year at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., where Columbia earned a 6-0 victory. The Lions are 17-3 all-time in the series, and have not dropped a game to the Peacocks since 2003.
First-year Nicole Borchard was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after hitting .450 with six RBI including a 4-for-4, four RBI performance in game one against the Bears on April 5. Junior Emily Caruthers continues to be one of the most consistent offensive players, coming into Thursday with a .343 average and 14 stolen bases to lead the Ivy League.
In the circle, Emily Kenyon has won her last three decisions, posting a 1.33 ERA with 14 strikeouts.
The Peacocks (5-28) were swept by Manhattan in MAAC play over the weekend. Like Columbia, Saint Peter’s boasts a young squad and its three top hitters are two sophomores and a first-year. One of those sophomores is Francesa D’Amato, who is leading the team with a .327 batting average, four homers and 13 RBI. The Peacocks have done a fair share of mixing and matching with their pitching staff. Junior Erica Colon and senior Shelby Beaver each have two wins, and are the probable starters.