NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team split a doubleheader against Stony Brook, using an RBI single by Alyssa Rodia in the fourth inning to take game one, 1-0, before falling in the nightcap by a 5-0 count. The Lions remain at .500 on the season at 15-15.
The Lions return to Ancient Eight play this weekend when they host Princeton for four-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 12. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.
Columbia 1, Stony Brook 0
Both pitchers were dealing to start game one, but Columbia broke through in the fourth inning with the lone run of the game. Shelby Unger belted her second double of the day off the wall in left field, moved to third and scored after Rodia’s single through the right side.
The Seawolves put runners on base in each of the last three innings, but Tonia Wu came on and held Stony Brook at bay each time to pick up her first career save.
Emily Kenyon (5-4) tossed 4.1 innings and allowed four hits to pick up the win.
Columbia 0, Stony Brook 5
Allison Curcov only allowed one hit in the nightcap to Alix Cook in the first inning and only three baserunners in the contest.
The Lions suffered some tough luck in the field in the first inning and the Seawolves put three runs on the board. With a runner on first, Stony Brook put on a hit-and-run play with Olivia Minton at the plate. Minton hit a grounder to second base, but the area was vacated by Kayla Shimoda, who had to move to her right to cover second base on the steal attempt. The result was a base hit and Minton moved into scoring position after Columbia tried to get the lead runner at third.
The next batter grounded out to third base as the Lions defense conceded the first run followed by another good bounce for the Seawolves. Bria Green laid down a perfect bunt between home plate and the pitching circle to reach on a single to add an insurance run. Alexandra Pisciotta punctuated the frame with a base hit to bring in Green.
Pisciotta came up big again in the second, driving in Mintun with a sharp single to center. Stony Brook took advantage of an error in the fifth to tack on the fifth run.
Brooke Darling was on the hook for the decision (7-6), giving up three earned runs in 2.1 innings. Tessa Kroll pitched a solid 4.2 innings out of the bullpen, surrendering just one unearned run on three hits to go with seven strikeouts.