CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Columbia softball team suffered two defeats at Harvard on Sunday to drop them to 14-14 overall and 4-4 in Ivy League play. The Lions have now dropped five-straight after their program record 10-game winning streak was snapped on Tuesday.
Columbia returns to the Baker Athletics Complex for a two-game set against Stony Brook beginning at 3 p.m.
Columbia 2, Harvard 7
The Crimson put a three-spot up in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by a Sheri Olson two-run double. Harvard strung together four runs and a pair of walks to add four more scores in the third to extend its margin to 7-0.
After a slow offensive start, Columbia started to get something going in the top of the fourth, loading the bases after singles by Emily Snodgrass, Shelby Unger and Alyssa Rodia with one out. The Crimson’s starting pitcher Laura Ricciardone froze the next batter and retired the side by forcing a fielder’s choice to wiggle out of trouble.
The Lions finally broke through in the fifth, using a two-out error and a base on balls to set the table for Kayla Shimoda. Shimoda found the gap in right center to plate Alix Cook and Snodgrass, trimming the deficit to five.
Rodia went 2-for-3 on the day. Brooke Darling (7-6) pitched six innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits.
Columbia 2, Harvard 6
Shimoda led off the nightcap with a double and later scored after Snodgrass single through the left side. Liz Caggiano knocked in Nicole Borchard in the top of the fifth to make it 2-0 in favor of the Lions.
Columbia’s starting pitcher Emily Kenyon worked in and out of jams through the first four innings until Harvard broke through in the fifth.
A single and walk led to a Katherine Lantz double that evened the score with just one out. The Crimson followed with three consecutive hits to take the lead, 5-2, and Harvard added an insurance run in the sixth.
Shimoda, Alix Cook and Snodgrass each picked up two hits. Kenyon pitched 4.1 innings and was charged with three earned runs on four hits to fall to 4-4 on the year.