NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team pushed its win streak to a new prorgram-record nine games after a pair of victories over Yale on Sunday. The Lions held off the Bulldogs (3-15, 0-2) in game one, 3-2, before the bats erupted for an 8-0 triumph in game two. Columbia improves to 13-9 overall and is off to its best Ivy League start ever at 4-0.
Junior Brooke Darling tossed a shutout for the second consecutive outing, surrendering just two hits in the nightcap.
Columbia wraps up its homestand on Tuesday, Apr. 1 when they welcome Manhattan to the Baker Athletics Complex for a twinbill.
Columbia 3, Yale 2
The Lions opened the scoring in the second inning after a leadoff hit by Alyssa Rodia and an RBI single by Macy Shrum. Columbia kept the frame alive with a fielder’s choice and walk to load the bases and Alix Cook delivered a single off Yale starting pitcher Lindsay Efflandt glove to plate Shrum, giving the Lions a 2-0 cushion.
Kenyon was working on a no-hitter until a leadoff double by Laina Do in the top of the sixth inning. Do moved to third on a ground out and scored after a sac fly to rightfield to trim the deficit to one run.
The Lions answered swiftly in the bottom half of the sixth after Rodia picked up her third base hit of the opener to start things off. A pair of force plays put runners on the corners for Liz Caggiano, who made it 3-1 with a bloop single to shallow center.
Yale made things interesting in the top of the seventh when Brittany Labbadia took Kenyon deep to pull the Bulldogs within 3-2, but the sophomore righty retired the next three batters to close out the win.
Kenyon moved to 4-2 after throwing seven innings, allowing just two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts.
Columbia 8, Yale 0 (5 Innings)
Columbia jumped all over Yale’s game two starter Chesley Dunham, loading the bases with no outs for Shelby Unger. Unger knocked in a pair of Lions with a double to deep left. One batter latter, Shrum lofted a two-bagger to drive in Emily Snodgrass and Shrum. Caggiano tacked on another insurance run to push the margin to 5-0.
Caggiano was in the middle of things again in the fourth, belting a solo homer, chasing Dunham from the circle. With two outs, Mackensy Lakian singled to keep the rally going and Alix Cook reached on a single and found herself in scoring position after a misplay by the Bulldog centerfielder. Snodgrass made Yale pay with a base knock to extend the cushion to seven and Unger added another RBI to her total with a single up the middle.
Darling improved to 6-4 and allowed just two hits to go with four strikeouts and no walks.
Alix Cook, Unger and Caggiano were each 2-for-3 from the plate.