NEW YORK -- The Columbia softball team enters a weekend series with Ivy League South division foe Princeton riding a four-game winning streak, and will look to extend it against the Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will play back-to-back doubleheaders, with both beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Lions are coming off an impressive twinbill sweep of Rider on Thursday, with both victories coming in six innings. In the first contest, first-year Emily Snodgrass had three hits while senior Stephanie Yagi and sophomore Christie Taylor each drove in three runs in a 9-1 win. First-year Prophet Gaspard picked up the win in the circle, going the distance while scattering five hits and allowing just an unearned run in the third.
In the nightcap, Columbia put a seven-spot on the board in the top of the third inning and pulled away for a 10-1 triumph. Senior Anne Marie Skylis had three hits, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs, while first-year Emily Caruthers also had three hits and two RBIs. Caruthers also stole her 10th base of the season in the fifth to tie the single-season school record for stolen bases.
Princeton begins the series on a four-game losing skid, as Penn swept the Tigers in a four-game set last weekend. On the season, Princeton holds a 13-21 record and is 4-8 in the Ivy League, a game ahead of the Lions in the South Division standings. Lizzy Pierce leads the team offensively with a .341 batting average, and has a team-high 10 doubles. Alex Peyton has the best ERA amongst the pitching staff, sporting a 3.76 ERA and a 4-10 record.