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Softball Drops Two Games to Start the Hofstra Invitational

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/15/2014
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Columbia played a pair of competitive games Saturday at the Hofstra Invitational, but the Hoyas topped the Lions, 4-0, while the Pride took a 3-2 decision. 

GEORGETOWN RECAP
Megan Hyson threw a complete game shutout and went 1-for-3 at the dish to lead Georgetown to a 4-0 defeat of Columbia Saturday at the Hofstra Invitational.

Hyson improved to 6-6 on the season, striking out 12 Columbia hitters, while Emily Kenyon suffered her first loss for the Lions after going 5.1 innings and striking out five, but giving up four earned runs.

The Hoyas tallied their first run of the game in the third inning when Hannah Slovacek went yard with two outs and the bases empty.

Kenyon stifled a Georgetown rally in the fourth inning when she struck out Hannah Ramsey to end the frame, stranding two base runners, to keep it a 1-0 contest.  

After a scoreless fifth, Georgetown broke through with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Lead-off doubles from Hyson and Samantha Giovanniello brought the first run home, and then two batters later Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida sent one over the left field wall for two more runs.

Softball wraps up the first day of the Hofstra Invitational against the host Pride.

HOFSTRA RECAP
Columbia starting pitcher Brooke Darling gave up just three hits, while the Lions’ offense generated eight hits, but Hofstra was able to edge out a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon.

Alix Cook and Emily Snodgrass each went 2-for-4 for the Lions, with Snodgrass driving in both runs.

The Pride jumped out early on Columbia, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Becca Bigler drove in the first run on a double to center and she then scored on error later in the inning.

The Lions cut into the deficit in the top of third with the first of Snodgrass’ RBI. Alix Cook reached on a fielder’s choice to give the Lions one base runner with just one out, bringing Snodgrass to the dish. The senior jacked a double to the left center gap to bring Cook around to score, making it a 2-1 ballgame.

Hofstra got the run right back in the bottom half of the frame, with Erin Trippi’s fielder’s choice scoring Rachel Senatore.

Trailing 3-1, and down to its last out in the top of the seventh, the Lions’ offense looked to start a rally. Kayla Shimoda and Cook each singled to put a pair of runners on base with Snodgrass stepping into the batter’s box. A single to right field on a 0-2 pitch plated Shimoda to make it a one-run game, but Hofstra reliever Morgan Lashley got a strikeout to end the game.

The Lions wrap up play at the Hofstra Invitational Sunday with two more games. After round robin play completes in the morning with Fairfield vs. Columbia and Hofstra vs. Georgetown, the championship game will be played at 2 p.m. and the consolation at 4:15 p.m. 

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