ITHACA, N.Y. -- On Saturday, the Columbia softball team came up short in a slugfest Game 1 loss and a struggled to get going in the second contest as Cornell swept the first doubleheader of the season series at Niemand* Robison Softball Field.
In the first game, Morgan Cook drove in two runs and Christie Taylor and Tristin Moone each hit solo homers, but Columbia (9-24, 3-7 Ivy League) came up just short in 9-7 slugfest loss to Cornell (18-15, 9-1 Ivy League).
The Big Red poured on five runs in the first inning of the second game en route to a 9-1, five-inning decision.
GAME 1: Cornell 9, Columbia 7
Columbia (9-23, 3-6 Ivy League) led Cornell (17-15, 8-1 Ivy League) Through the first two and a half innings of the game after a strong start. The Big Red took control of the game in the bottom of the third when it plated seven runs.
In the first inning, Alison Lam drew a leadoff walk on four pitches from Cornell starter Jenna Stoller. Three batters later, Morgan Cook ripped an RBI single down the right field line to bring home Lam for the first run of the game. Jennifer Bergeron and Tristin Moone drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs for Liz Caggiano. Caggiano drew a walk on a full count to score Morgan Cook from third base.
Cornell got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Morgan Cawley scored an unearned run from second base due to a fielding error in right on Kristen Towne’s double down the right field line.
Columbia’s lead grew to 3-1 in the top of the third when Moone drilled a two-out pitch over the wall in center field for her third home run of the season.
The Big Red cranked out seven runs in the third to take an 8-3 lead. With the bases loaded, Lauren Bucolo singled up the middle off a 3-1 pitch from Lions starter Brooke Darling. Erin Keene followed with a bases-loaded RBI single through the left side to even the game at 3-3. After Alix Cook threw out a runner at home plate on Christia Villalon’s fielder’s choice, Cawley drew a bases-loaded walk to put Cornell up, 4-3. Kristin Towne followed with an RBI single to right center. Morgan Cook got the second out of the inning with a throw to home on another fielder’s choice. Pinch-hitter Erin Belles hit an RBI single through the left side and Linda Laeufer singled up the middle to push Cornell’s lead to 7-3. Kalli Schultea relieved Darling in the circle and walked Jenny Edwards with the bases juiced, giving the Big Red an 8-3 advantage.
The Lions responded with two runs in the top of the fourth to pull to within 8-5. Christie Taylor got things started with a leadoff walk and Mackensey Lakian followed with a single to the pitcher. Lam drew her second walk of the game to load the bases with no outs for the Lions. Emily Snodgrass’ fielder’s choice brought home Taylor. Two batters later, Lam scored from third on a wild pitch.
Columbia scored one in the top of the sixth to climb to within 8-6. With two outs and two runners on, Morgan Cook knocked an RBI double to left center. The Lions had a chance to score more, but left two stranded.
Edwards answered for Cornell in the bottom half of the inning, hitting a solo homer to left field on the first pitch she saw.
The Lions refused to give up. In the top of the seventh, Taylor clubbed a two-out homer to left on a 1-1- count. Emily Caruthers followed with a single to left field on a full count, but Lauren Marx, who had entered in the sixth, induced a groundout to close out the game.
Morgan Cook was 2-of-4 with one double, two RBI and one run scored. Moone finished 2-of-3 with one solo home run. Taylor was 1-of-3 with a solo jack , two runs scored and one walk. Lam scored three runs and drew three walks in the loss.
Darling (6-12) took the loss after allowing three earned runs over 2.2 frames. Schultea tossed 3.1 relief frames with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed.
Sammy Roth (2-0) earned the win for Cornell after two relief frames with one earned run allowed. Stoller allowed four earned runs over 3.0. Marx earned her fourth save of the season after allowing one earned run over the final two frames.
GAME 2: Cornell 9, Columbia 1 (5 Innings)
Cornell scored five runs in the first frame to take control of the game. With two outs, Erin Keene hit an RBI single to right field off Columbia starter Kalli Schultea. Two batters later, Kristen Towne hit a two RBI double to left center to extend the Big Red’s lead to 3-0. After Tristin Moone entered in relief of Schultea , Morgan Cawley knocked an RBI double to right center and Sam Creamer followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Columbia missed out on a chance to answer in the second when it left two runners on base. Morgan Cook opened the inning with a single to right off Cornell starting pitcher Alyson Onyon and Jennifer Bergeron reached and advanced to second on a throwing error at first base following her sacrifice bunt. With two runners in scoring position, Onyon fanned Moone and Christie Taylor and Liz Caggiano grounded out to short.
Cornell’s lead crew to 6-0 when Jenny Edwards led off the bottom of the second with a home run to center field.
The Lions got on the score board in the third inning to get to within 6-1. With one out, Alison Lam singled to left field and Emily Caruthers singled to third base. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Alix Cook plated Lam with an RBI groundout to short.
In the bottom of the third, Cornell added three runs to extend its lead to 9-1. Linda Laeufer clubbed a two-RBI homer to right center with two outs. Two batters later, Lauren Bucolo hit an RBI single up the middle.
Schultea (3-11) took the loss after allowing four earned runs over two-thirds of an inning pitched. Moone tossed 3.1 relief frames and allowed five earned runs and struck out two.
Onyon (8-3) earned the win after throwing five frames with three strikeouts and no earned runs allowed.
Columbia and Cornell will square off in another doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m.