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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Softball Rallies to Salvage Split with Penn

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/26/2014
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NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team rallied from five down to secure a split in the final twinbill of the season. The Lions (22-22, 9-11) came up with a 6-5 win in game two after dropping game one, 3-1.

Prior to the game, Columbia honored seniors Amy Niedzwecki and Emily Snodgrass, appearing in blue and white for the final time.

Game One
Columbia 1, Penn 3

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Tessa Kroll pitched a strong game in the opener, allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings of work, but fell to 3-3 on the season.

Columbia touched up Penn starting pitcher Alexis Borden, who started both games yesterday, for 10 hits, but stranded eight base runners in the defeat.

A costly misplay in the outfield, allowed two runs to come across in the top of the second inning. With Sydney Turchin on first, Kanani Datan grounded a single to right field that went by Mackensy Lakian all the way to the wall which allowed both base runners to score.

The Quakers made it 3-0 with an RBI single by Vanessa Weaver.

A similar mistake by Penn in the fifth inning allowed the Lions to pull within two. Macy Shrum started things off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter was Alix Cook, who singled to center, where Datan bobbled the ball to bring in Shrum.

Snodgrass was 3-for-3 in the first game to pace the offense.

Game Two
Columbia 6, Penn 5

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Penn used back-to-back solo jacks in the top of the first and then added three more in the second to take a 5-0 lead before the Lions broke through.

A Liz Caggiano RBI single got Columbia on the board in the bottom of the second and the Lions continued to build the momentum in the third.

Lakian led things off with a solo blast, her first of the year. Alix Cook followed up with a base hit and moved to third on a double by Alyssa Rodia. An error brought in Columbia’s third run of the game and Kerry Cook delivered a single up the middle to cut the deficit to 5-4.

In the bottom of the fourth, Alix Cook and Rodia were in the middle of things once again. Cook singled, moved to second on a ground out and later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rodia hit a ball to the hole at shortstop, where she legged out the infield single to knot the score.

The Lions started the fifth with a pair of singles and a ground out pushed both runners into scoring position for Lakian, who drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with an infield single.

Brooke Darling picked up the win (9-9), tossing 5.2 innings in relief. She allowed one run on one hit, coupled with three strikeouts.

Rodia finished the season with a 3-for-4 for performance.

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