NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team will hit the road for six games this weekend as it begins an active week of competition during Spring Break. The Lions will head out to Hempstead, N.Y. to play four games at the Hofstra Invitational on March 15-16 and will then trek down to Dover, Del. to take on Delaware State in a doubleheader on Monday, March 17.
The Lions will be looking to improve on their 1-6 start to the 2014 campaign. Columbia was last in action at the Hampton Invitational in Virginia on March 1-2. The Lions picked up their first win of the year with a 7-3 triumph over Hartford, but fell the next day to the host Pirates, 7-2.
Junior Kayla Shimoda has wielded the best bat this season, hitting at a .364 clip. Senior Emily Snodgrass is also batting over .300, posting a .333 average, while also driving in four runs. First-year Shelby Unger is tops on the team with five RBI.
Junior Brooke Darling has been the Lions workhorse in the circle, tossing 23.2 innings. Darling earned the win against Hartford and stands at 1-3 with a 5.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
The Hoyas dropped five straight last weekend at the UCLA/C-Sun Tournament in California to fall to 7-12. Georgetown will take on Fairfield to begin the Hofstra Invitational at 9:30 Saturday morning before the 2 p.m. matchup with the Lions.
Junior Megan Hyson has been the all-around standout for Georgetown, posting the highest batting average, as well as the best ERA. At the dish, Hyson is the only Hoya hitting above .300 at .375 with a team-high 14 RBI. She has also earned a 2.05 ERA and a 5-6 record in 68.1 innings. She is holding opposing hitters to a .193 batting average.
The Pride sports an 11-3 record after going 2-2 last weekend at the Parents’ Weekend Tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic. Hofstra notched wins against Virginia Tech and FAU, but was defeated by Michigan State and Illinois.
Hofstra’s lineup features six players hitting above .300, led by Rachel Senatore’s .373 average. Senatore has a pair of triples and 10 runs scored this season. Maggie Hawkins, who has a .360 average at the plate, has driven in a team-best 14 RBI.
Junior Morgan Lashley is Hofstra’s ace, boasting an 8-0 record and a 1.45 ERA over 58 innings. She has thrown seven complete games this season.
The Stags carry a 2-5 mark into the Hofstra Invitational, dropping their last two games following a pair of rain outs. Fairfield was last in action on March 1-2, splitting a pair of contests against Dartmouth.
Sammy Ruffalo and Kristen Filicia have each had stellar starts to the season, batting .500 and .400, respectively. Both players have started all seven games and have four RBI to lead the Stags.
Fairfield has used a trio of hurlers this season, as Rebecca Trott, Rae Balle and Lauren Falkanger have split the duties in the circle. Ball has earned credit for both the wins and leads the team with 16 strikeouts, but Trott has the best ERA at 4.61.
SCOUTING DELAWARE STATE
Columbia’s road swing concludes with a trip to Dover, Del. to take on the Hornets of Delaware State. DSU went 2-2 last weekend at the Longwood Invitational and now stands at 7-4.
Jordan Stamps has been the top offensive threat for the Hornets, leading the team with 16 RBI, a .394 batting average and a .727 slugging percentage. She is tied with Rochelle Sablay with three homers.
Tara Tursellino is 4-0 in nine appearances for DSU, posting a 1.69 ERA. Vanessa Ciocatto has started eight games and holds an even 3-3 record with a 2.55 ERA.
Monday’s games will be played at Dover High School.