ALIX COOK POSTGAME INTERVIEW
NEW YORK - The Columbia softball team used two strong outings from starting pitchers Emily Kenyon and Brooke Darling to take down the visiting Marist Red Foxes twice, by identical 3-1 scores, Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia Softball Stadium.
The Lions will hit the road for an Ivy League South Division four-game series with Princeton. The slate will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.
Columbia 3, Marist 1
Columbia out-hit the Red Foxes (15-19), 12-6, in game one, but could only string together three runs in the third inning. However, that would be all Kenyon would need as she earned her ninth win of the season, allowing just one unearned run with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Marist plated one run in the top of the third when Taylor Kuzma singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
After leaving five runners on base in the first two innings, the Lions broke through and took for lead for good in bottom of the frame. With a runner on first base, Morgan Cook tried to sacrifice bunt, but wound up on first after the Red Foxes’ the ball popped out of the first baseman of the Red Foxes’ glove. A Macy Shrum single loaded the bases and Columbia tied the score, 1-1, when Liz Caggiano worked a two-out walk.
First-year Alyssa Swearingen drove in the go-ahead runs with a single to centerfield. The runner on third scored easily, but it took a nice slide from Shrum to keep Marist’s catcher from fielding a nice throw by Maureen Duddy.
Kenyon’s only other hiccup came in the top of the fourth after an error gave the Red Foxes first and third with two outs. The Monmouth, Ore. calmly fanned the next two hitters to slam the door on the rally try.
Columbia 3, Marist 1
Not to be outdone in the circle was Darling, who allowed no earned runs in 6.1 innings to improve to 9-7 on the year. First-year Tessa Kroll recorded the final two outs to pick up her first career save.
Columbia led wire-to-wire in the game, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. Emily Caruthers led off with an infield single and scored all the way from first on a double by Emily Snodgrass. Snodgrass later came in from third on a wild pitch to add on an insurance run.
Morgan Cook started a two-out rally in the fourth with a double and was driven in by Shrum to make it 3-0.
Marist had one more chance in the seventh, putting two on with one out. The Lions turned to Kroll out of the pen. Kroll gave up a hit to the first batter she faced, but buckled down to get a strikeout and groundout to end the game.
Alix Cook went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.