Softball Closes Out Year With Home-And-Home Series With Penn
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK -- The Columbia softball team will look to finish out its 2011 season on a strong note with a three straight doubleheaders this week. The Lions will host Fairleigh Dickinson in their final non-conference twinbill at Baker Athletics Complex on Thursday, then close out the Ivy League campaign with back-to-back doubleheaders against Penn.

The first doubleheader against the Quakers will take place on Friday at Baker Athletics Complex, and will mark the final home appearances of four seniors: Maggie Johnson, Anne Marie Skylis, Karen Tulig and Stephanie Yagi.

Johnson is coming off an impressive week, as she earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors after picking up two wins and a save in the circle. The righthander hurled the first no-hitter of her career against Princeton on Easter Sunday, and maintained a 1.33 ERA over 21.0 innings pitched over the span.

Skylis ranks second on the team in hitting in 2011 (.339 BA), and has a team-best 20 RBIs. Her handling of the pitching staff behind the plate has also been impressive over this season, as she has helped the team's pitchers to an Ivy League-best 2.43 ERA.

Tulig came through in the clutch on Tuesday, starting a seven-run fourth inning with a two-out, two run single against the Tigers. On the year, Tulig leads the Lions with nine doubles.

Yagi hit .300 over six contests last week and has hit safely in 12 of Columbia's last 14 contests. Included in that stretch was a 3-for-6 performance in a doubleheader sweep over Rider in which she drove in four runs.

Fairleigh Dickinson comes into Thursday's doubleheader with a 22-21 record, and a 6-10 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Knights have dropped four straight, including a pair of close losses to conference rival Quinnipiac last weekend. Caitlin Bradac leads the team offensively, as she leads the team with a .343 batting average, four home runs and 29 RBIs. Bradac also has a team-high 10 wins in the circle.

Penn begins the weekend with a 15-19-1 record, having lost its final non-conference game of the year on Wednesday to Delaware, 6-2. The Quakers are 6-8 in the Ivy League, two games up in the loss column on Columbia for second place in the Ivy League South Division. Alisha Prystowsky garners a .378 batting average while also pacing the squad in home runs (5) and RBIs (29). Mikenzie Voves has pitched a team-high 103.0 innings and has picked up nine wins in the circle.