Softball Powers by Saint Peter's in Two-Game Sweep
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Columbia softball team got back to .500 with a pair of road wins over Saint Peter’s on Thursday. The Lions (18-18) used three home runs to outslug the Peahens (9-29), 8-6, in the opener before earning a 5-2 decision in the finale.
Columbia will remain on the road for a four-game series against Ivy League South Division rival Cornell. The slate begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Columbia 8, Saint Peter’s 6
Columbia found themselves in a 3-0 hole after two innings of play, but started to get things going in the third.
Shelby Unger trimmed the margin to two with an RBI double, plating Emily Snodgrass who was hit by a pitch and sacrificed into scoring position earlier in the frame. However, the Peahens answered in their next turn at-bats, using a Candice Koch single to drive in another run to make it, 4-1.
Snodgrass reached again via bean ball to start the fifth and Kayla Shimoda made Saint Peter’s pay with a two-run blast over the wall in left to give Columbia its first lead of the day, 5-4. The Peahens went to the bullpen, but control issues continued to cost them. After issuing a walk to Liz Caggiano, Rodia roped a big fly to left to extend the margin to 7-4.
Saint Peter’s scored one run in their half of the fifth and made it 7-6 after Nicole Olmedo homered in the sixth, but the Lions came up with a big insurance run in the seventh inning.
Rodia drew a walk and Shrum followed with a single, all with one out, and then moved into scoring position on a double steal. The Peahens opted to give Mackensy Lakian a free pass to set up a force play and load the bases. Alix Cook was the next batter and hit a ball to the second baseman, who was able to get Lakian out at second, but allowed Rodia to come in from third.
There would be some drama in the bottom of the seventh, though. Saint Peter’s put the tying run on base with one out, but Chelsea Crews hit into a game-ending double play.
Shrum finished up game one, 3-for-4 and Snodgrass went 2-for-3. Rodia scored three runs.
Tonia Wu (2-2) picked up the win, tossing three innings out of the bullpen. She allowed one earned run on four hits. Tessa Kroll started and went four innings and struck out nine, but was charged with four earned runs on seven hits.
Columbia 5, Saint Peter’s 2
Columbia wasted no time in game two, putting up two quick runs in the top of the first. Alix Cook started things off with a double and came around to score after an error by the Peahens third baseman. The Lions manufactured another run with a stolen base by Shimoda, who then moved to third on a long fly out and scored after Liz Caggiano singled through the left side, putting the score 2-0 in favor of Columbia.
Saint Peter’s cut the deficit in half with a solo home run in the bottom of the first, but another big fly from Rodia restored the two-run cushion in the fourth.
After Erica Colon notched an RBI single in the bottom of the inning, the Lions negated that run in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Nicole Borchard pulled a single to leftfield to extend the advantage to 4-2.
Lakian tacked one more on for good measure in the seventh, with an RBI base hit to the opposite field.
Snodgrass finished the nightcap 3-for-4 and Rodia was 2-for-4.
Brooke Darling picked up the win (8-8) after going five innings allowing two runs on three hits to go with four K’s. Kayla Maloney earned the six-out save, the first of her career allowing just one hit.