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Softball Will Close Season At Home With Tuesday Doubleheader vs. Manhattan

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/30/2012
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NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team will conclude its 2012 season on Tuesday when it hosts local rival Manhattan for a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia Softball Field.

The game will feature free live statistics and a free live blog through GoColumbiaLions.com.

The Lions (12-33, 6-14 Ivy League) fell in a Saturday home doubleheader against Penn in both teams’ Ivy League regular season finale. The Jaspers (8-33, 3-9 MAAC) split a road doubleheader at Marist on Sunday.

Manhattan leads the all-time series between the teams, 10-7. The Lions and Jaspers faced each other last year, splitting a doubleheader in Riverdale, N.Y. Manhattan won the first game of the 2011 doubleheader, 3-1, but the Lions responded the a 4-1 victory in the second game.

BEST AGAINST THE JASPERS
Sophomores Emily Caruthers, Morgan Cook and Emily Snodgrass had the most success against Manhattan last season.

Caruthers went 5-of-8 and stole two bases. Morgan Cook was 3-of-6 with one RBI and one walk. Snodgrass was 3-of-8 with one run and one stolen base.

LIGHT SABERMETRICS
Liz Caggiano remains the Lions’ top run creator with 5.72 runs created per seven innings. She also leads the squad with an .860 OPS (.390 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage).

BEST TO OPEN A FRAME
Caggiano, Emily Caruthers and Christie Taylor are the Lions’ best when leading off an inning. Caggiano has reached base 53.8 percent of the time when leading off an inning. Caruthers reaches base 53.3 percent of the time and Taylor is successful 52.4 percent of the time when opening a frame.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Morgan Cook has been the Lions’ best option in the batter’s box to drive in runners in difficult situations. She is batting .405 (17-of-42) when there are runners in scoring position (on second or third base) and 12 of her 17 RBI this season have come when there are two outs.

Tristin Moone is at her best when there are two outs. With two down, Moone is batting .324 (11-of-34) and 12 of her 15 RBI on the season have come when the Lions have just one out left in the inning.

SCOUTING MANHATTAN
The Jaspers are 8-33 on the season and 5-24 in non-conference play. On the road, they are 3-14.

Manhattan has struggled both in the circle and in the batter’s box this season. The Jaspers are batting .199 as a team and their pitchers have a 5.09 combined ERA.

The Jaspers’ offense is centered around sophomore Kate Bowen and junior Amanda Babcock. Bowen is a power-hitting first baseman/pitcher who is batting .350 with four homers, eight doubles, one triple and 19 RBI. Babcock is the team’s second-best hitter with a .272 average, three homers, seven doubles and nine RBI. Babcock is very patient at the plate as she has amassed a team-high 30 walks.

Bowen is also the team’s ace pitcher with a 3-12 record and 3.86 ERA over 96.0 innings pitched. The righty has made 21 appearances and seven of her 14 starts have been complete games. Junior righty Kelsi Redding has a 4-11 record with a 4.68 ERA over 98.2 frames. Control has been an issue for Redding as she has 99 walks and 18 wild pitches on the year.

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