NEW YORK - It has been a long three weeks, riddled with bad weather for the Columbia Softball team, but the Lions come home to host MAAC rivals Iona and Rider March 22-23.
Columbia enters the weekend winners of four of the last five, including a sweep of Lafayette and wins vs. Manhattan and Wagner.
This weekend's games begin at 1 p.m. each day, with Iona on Saturday and Rider on Sunday.
Three Lions are batting over .300 with senior Emily Snodgrass leading the team at .395. Kayla Shimoda is now batting .341 with Alix Cook at .311. Snodgrass leads all players with 24 total bases, but first-year Alyssa Rodia has belted two home runs in the past week to lead the team with 10 RBI and sit right behind Snodgrass with 21 total bases.
This week, Columbia has put up five innings in which they scored four or more runs.
Iona comes into the its doubleheader at Columbia with a 2-11 record, but winners of their last two games. The Gaels swept Green Bay in Clearwater, Fla. on Wednesday, March 19.
Pitcher junior Carly Argyle was named MAAC Player of the Week after batting .462 last week with a 2-1 record in the circle. Argyle bats .364 overall. Outfielder, graduate student Eileen McCann leads Iona with a .412 batting average.
Rider also comes into the weekend with a 2-11 record. The Broncs lost two one-run games vs. Norfolk State this week.
Sophomore third baseman and catcher Emily Cottrell has played all 13 games for Rider and is batting .361. First-year Kaitlyn Kallert is 1-3 on the mound in six appearances and has a 4.25 ERA.
Junior outfielder/2B Amanda Irving leads the team with 21 total bases and is batting over .300.
Like Columbia, Rider has been victim of the harsh winter. The Broncs have had 13 games cancelled due to weather thus far this year.