NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Columbia softball team dropped a pair to the Yale Bulldogs in an Ivy League doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Dewitt Family Field. The Lions were blanked, 7-0, in game one and dropped a 12-7 slugfest in the second half of the twinbill.
Yale first-year hurler Chelsey Dunham limited Columbia's offense to just three hits, and the Bulldogs scored two runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth as they took home a 7-0 victory.
Christy Nelson opened the scoring in the second, as the Yale third baseman nailed a solo home run over the left-field wall to put the home team in front 1-0.
Columbia first-year Emily Caruthers had the first hit of the contest for the Lions in the third inning, but the Bulldogs were able to erase the threat as they nabbed her trying to steal second base.
Yale added two more in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead, then broke the game open with four more in the sixth. Kelsey Warkentine drove in three of those runs with a pair of doubles, helping Yale to put the game out of reach.
Caruthers' classmate, Morgan Cook, had a hit in the game for Columbia, as did sophomore Jennifer Bergeron. Senior Maggie Johnson took the loss in the circle, allowing three earned runs over 3.2 innings of work.
After being shutout in game one, the Lions got on the board early in the second contest by putting two on the board in the first. First-year Emily Snodgrass led off the game with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Senior Karen Tulig stepped to the plate and hit a grounder to the shortstop, who tried to nab the lead runner but committed an error to put runners on second and third with one out.
With a pair in scoring position, senior Anne Marie Skylis came to the plate and belted a two-run double into the left-center field gap to give Columbia a 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, Cook started things off with a one-out double and a walk to Caruthers put the Columbia offense in business again. After a fielder's choice put one away, a walk to Bergeron loaded the bases with two out.
Tulig was the next batter in the lineup and came through in the clutch, lacing a single to left field to score a pair and make the score 4-0. Bergeron attempted to score on the play but was cut down at the plate, ending the inning.
Yale responded in the bottom half with three runs to pull within one, then scored four more in the following inning to put the score at 7-4. Nelson and McKynlee Westman each had two hits and scored a pair of runs over the two innings.
After a scoreless fourth, Columbia came right back with three runs to knot the contest at 7-7. First-year Tristin Moone had a two-run single to score Tulig and Skylis, and after an error and wild pitch moved pinch-runner Alison Lam to third, a squeeze by senior Stephanie Yagi tied the score.
The Bulldogs weathered the Lions' charge and tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth to wrestle control away. A two-run home run by Warkentine broke the tie, and the home team tacked on two more in the inning and another in the bottom of the sixth en route to victory.
Columbia continues its season on Tuesday, April 12 with a non-conference doubleheader at Lehigh.