NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team won the final game of its series at Princeton, 3-2, after losing in walk-off fashion by the same score in the first contest of the day.
The Lions (21-21, 7-9) will take on Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. for their final non-conference tilts of the year on Tuesday, April 23. Game one of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
Columbia 2, Princeton 3
Columbia took its first lead of the series in the top of the second with Morgan Cook doubling to start the inning and moving to third on a wild pitch. Emily Caruthers notched an infield single to first base to plate Cook and give the Lions the early 1-0 edge.
The Tigers (24-18, 9-7) went to work with two outs in the fifth, loading the bases on two walks and a single. Lizzy Pierce than drew a walk to even the score.
A leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt put the go-ahead run on second with two away to set up Liz Caggiano, who doubled to allow pinch-runner Alison Lam to come around and put Columbia back on top. However, the lead was short-lived.
Cara Worden delivered a crushing RBI single in the sixth and ended the game in the seventh. Rachel Rendina singled right in front of the batter’s box, moved into scoring position on a sacrifice and scored off an Alyssa Schmidt single that stayed fair down the leftfield line to lift Princeton to the win.
Columbia 3, Princeton 2
The Tigers jumped on top in the nightcap, plating a run on a sacrifice fly by Alex Peyton to make it 1-0 in the bottom of the first.
Princeton’s Nikki Chu put Princeton ahead again in the fourth with a single to bring in Cara Worden.
Columbia overtook the Tigers in the sixth, using a single and a stolen base by Alyssa Swearingen to start a rally. Swearingen advanced to third and moved the final 60 feet after Caruthers legged out an infield single.