NEW YORK – Junior Emily Caruthers stole the 28th base of her career in game one of a doubleheader at Princeton on Saturday to set a new Columbia record, but the Lions were swept to open a four-game Ivy League South Divisional series. The Lions fell in game one, 3-0, and dropped the nightcap, 2-1, in nine innings.
The Lions (20-20, 6-8) wrap up their series with the Tigers on Sunday, April 21 for a twinbill beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Columbia 0, Princeton 3
The Tigers (23-17, 8-6) went ahead 1-0 in the first, putting runners on the corners with one out after two consecutive hits. Alex Peyton followed with an RBI groundout to put Princeton in front.
In the third, the Tigers added two more after a Maddie Cousens RBI single and an error on a first and third double-steal situation to make it 3-0.
Columbia’s best opportunity to get back into the game came in the top of the sixth after singles by Caruthers and Alix Cook brought the tying run to the plate. However, Peyton, who started the game in the circle for Princeton, induced a ground out to third to end the threat.
Alix Cook went 2-for-3 in the contest, continuing her excellent sophomore campaign. Emily Kenyon took the decision (8-9), but the Lions received strong work from Kalli Schultea and Tessa Kroll out of the bullpen. Neither pitcher allowed a run in the final four frames.
Columbia 1, Princeton 2 (9 Innings)
Princeton scored in the bottom of the first again in game two, plating the go-ahead run on another RBI groundout by Alyssa Schmidt.
Neither team was able to generate much offense until the game moved into the ninth when a pair of errors to start the inning opened the door for the Tigers. The next batter was Tory Roberts who singled just in front of the catcher to load the bases, and Rachel Rendina worked a walk to drive in the walk-off run.
Brooke Darling (8-8) went the distance, allowing just one earned run on 10 hits.