Offensive Explosion Helps Softball Salvage Split of Doubleheader at Brown

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First-year Morgan Cook belted the first home run of her career against Brown.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Columbia softball team broke out of its offensive slumber in a big way, scoring a school single-game record 16 runs in a 16-1 victory over Brown in the second game of an Ivy League doubleheader on Friday. The Lions scored nine of their 16 runs in the sixth inning and smashed their previous record of 13 set last season against Fairleigh Dickinson.

In the first game, the Bears scored the lone run of the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Danielle Palms singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Trish Melvin and give the home team a 1-0, walkoff win.

Game Two
The Lions got on the scoreboard in the first inning with a quick two-out rally, as senior Karen Tulig laced a double to center and was driven in by her classmate, Anne Marie Skylis, on a single up the middle. Columbia tacked on another run in the third with first-year Emily Snodgrass coming around to home plate on a fielder's choice by Skylis to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Lions doubled their lead with a pair of runs. First-year Tristin Moone started the rally with a one-out walk, then back-to-back base hits from classmates Morgan Cook and Emily Caruthers loaded the bases.

After a fielder's choice cut down Moone at home, sophomore Jennifer Bergeron drove in Cook on an RBI bunt single. Another hit from Tulig brought Caruthers around to score, but a perfect throw from Brown's left fielder to home plate ended another scoring chance.

The offense was just getting started, though, as the Lions tacked on three more in the top of the fifth. Moone drilled a run-scoring double down the left-field line before Cook registered the first home run of her career, a two-run shot, to make the score 7-0.

With the offense rolling, first-year pitcher Prophet Gaspard tried to match her teammates' effectiveness by limiting the Bears to just two hits through the first five innings of play. Gaspard retired nine of the 10 batters she faced from the third to the fifth innings, with a walk to Kristi Munoz in the fourth her only blemish.

Despite holding a commanding lead, Columbia's offense did not stop until the final out of the game. In the sixth, the Lions sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine more runs to put the game well out of reach. Bergeron had a pair of RBI singles and scored twice in the inning, while Cook added a two-run single of her own. All told, seven different Lions scored in the frame and six drove in runs.

The Bears were able to break up Gaspard's shutout bid in the bottom of the sixth, with Kristie Chin leading off the inning with a single and scoring on a fielder's choice. But Gaspard was able to limit the damage to just one run en route to her seventh win of the year.

Game One
Brown pitcher Kristie Chin allowed just one hit over seven innings and got just enough offense to upend the Lions in game one of an Ivy League doubleheader. The Bears' Danielle Palms drove home pinch runner Trish Melvin in the bottom of the seventh to close out a 1-0 win for the home side.

Senior Maggie Johnson took yet another hard-luck loss in the circle, scattering six hits through six innings of play before the decisive seventh frame. Johnson sports a team-best 2.14 ERA and has dropped four 1-0 games this season.

Columbia had its best scoring chance in the top of the first, as a sacrifice bunt moved sophomore Jennifer Bergeron into scoring position with two away. But Chin was able to get a pop up right back to her from the ensuing batter to close out the threat.

From there, neither team had many offensive chances through five. Brown had one runner advance into scoring position over that span, as Palms singled and stole second with two outs in the fifth but was stranded.

In the sixth, the Bears nearly scored but a nice defensive play by Johnson on a squeeze play kept the contest scoreless heading into the final inning of play.

Senior Stephanie Yagi had the lone hit for Columbia in the contest, a bunt single in the second frame.

The Lions return to action on Saturday, April 9 with another road Ivy League doubleheader against Yale.

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