PHILADELPHIA – The Columbia softball team fell to Penn in its final two games of 2013 on Saturday. The Lions were edged, 2-1, on a walk-off homer by the Quakers in the bottom of the ninth, and dropped a 12-4 decision in six innings in the finale.
Columbia wraps up the season with a 22-26 overall record and an 8-12 mark in Ivy League play. Both win totals are the best for the program since the 2007 campaign.
Columbia 1, Penn 2
The Quakers (28-17, 16-4) took a quick 1-0 lead in the first when Sydney Turchin singled to short, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Brooke Coloma.
Liz Caggiano belted her second home run in as many days to tie the score with one swing of the bat in the top of the third.
Columbia’s best chance to take the lead came in the top of the ninth inning after they put runners on the corners via an Alix Cook single and a Macy Shrum walk. However, Alexis Borden induced a fly out to end the frame to keep the game, 1-1.
After the first two batters were retired on flyouts, Jessica Arneson yanked one just fair down the leftfield line for the game-winning blast.
Alix Cook went 2-for-4 from the plate. Starting pitcher Emily Kenyon (10-11) earned the hard-luck decision. The first-year went the entire 8.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.
Columbia 4, Penn 12
Penn wasted no time in game two, putting the first two runners on base to lead to a Georgia Guttadauro RBI single. Arneson and Bridget Ellsworth joined in the action with RBI hits and Steph Caso knocked in two more to make it 5-0 after one inning of play.
The Quakers put four more on the board in the third inning and were on the verge of closing the game out in five innings before one last comeback try by the Lions.
Senior Alison Lam reached on an error and Alyssa Swearingen singled to get things started in the top of the fifth. Emily Caruthers broke up the shutout bid with a single up the middle and Emily Snodgrass cut the deficit to 9-4 with her sixth dinger of the season.
Penn put the finishing touches on the game in the sixth, tacking on three runs to end the game.
Caruthers and Snodgrass each went 2-for-3 in the finale
Sophomore Brooke Darling started and took the decision. She finished the year with a 10-11 record.