NEW YORK -- The Columbia softball team will continue its Ivy League season this weekend with a pair of road doubleheaders. The Lions will take on Brown in Providence, R.I., on Friday, April 8, and concludes its road swing with a pair against Yale in New Haven, Conn., the following day.
IF I HAD MY CARUTHERS, I'D STEAL BASES!
First-year Emily Caruthers has proved to be a lethal force for Columbia on the bases through the first half of the season. Caruthers leads the team and ranks first in the Ivy League with nine stolen bases. The total ties her for third on the Columbia single-season list, one off the record of 10 which has been set twice (Nikki Campbell in 2001 and Kacy Krisman in 2005).
SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR ANNE MARIE
Senior Anne Marie Skylis has been on a tear at the plate over the first 27 games for the Lions. Skylis leads the team with a .342 batting average and has scored a team-best 11 runs. Her 27 hits ranks seventh in the Ivy League and her two home runs and 10 RBIs also lead Columbia. The Ortonville, Mich. native also has five stolen bases, which marks a career-high.
The pitching duo of senior Maggie Johnson and first-year Prophet Gaspard has started all 27 games in the circle for the Lions, and has proven to be quite the formidable pairing. Johnson has a team-best 2.21 ERA and ranks fourth in the Ivy League in the category, while Gaspard has a 2.53 ERA and stands right behind her teammate in fifth. Overall, the pitching staff of Johnson, Gaspard, junior Jessica Rakonza and first-year Tristin Moone has the second-best ERA in the Ivy League at 2.46.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown will take on Bryant on Thursday for a single game, before hosting Columbia on Friday. The Bears are 7-10-1 on the year, and are 2-2 in the Ivy League after splitting doubleheaders with Princeton and Cornell last weekend. Stephanie Thompson is hitting an impressive .556 this season and has 10 home runs and 22 RBIs. Thompson leads the Ivy League in hitting and home runs, while ranking third in RBIs. Kristie Chin is the No. 1 pitcher for Brown, garnering a 3.36 ERA and a 5-6 record.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale enters the weekend with a 7-15 record and has lost 13 of its last 14 contests after starting the season 6-2. The lone win was a 9-0 shutout of Princeton last weekend. Katie Yanagisawa leads the Bulldogs with a .357 average, while Jennifer Ong sports a .338 average with nine doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs. First-year Chelsea Dunham has pitched a team-high 76.0 innings and has a team-high five victories in the circle.