Late Home Run Dooms Softball in 4-2 Loss to Fairleigh Dickinson
NEW YORK -- A two-run home run by Fairleigh Dickinson's Kirsten Shreve broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh and lifted the Knights to a 4-2 win over the Columbia softball team on Thursday afternoon.
The contest, which was delayed by one hour and 40 minutes due to rain and thunderstorms, was the only official game played between the two teams as the second contest was called with FDU leading 2-1 at the end of the fourth due to darkness.
First-year Emily Snodgrass went 2-for-3 with a walk in the game, while senior Karen Tulig came up with a game-tying two-run single in the sixth.
A pair of base hits from Snodgrass and fellow first-year Morgan Cook started things off for Columbia's offense in the bottom of the first. After a sac bunt by sophomore Jennifer Bergeron moved both into scoring position, Fairleigh Dickinson pitcher Caitlin Bradac got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of trouble.
The Knights would get on the scoreboard in the top of the third, as Paige Castro lofted a high fly ball over the left-field wall to give the visiting team a 1-0 lead. Fairleigh Dickinson would tack on another run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit, as a pair of walks and a double steal made the score 2-0.
Columbia came back strong in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs with two outs. After Bradac retired the first two batters in order, three straight walks to seniors Maggie Johnson and Stephanie Yagi, and sophomore Christie Taylor loaded the bases for Tulig. As she did against Princeton two days prior, Tulig came through in the clutch with a two-run single through the left side to knot the contest at 2-2.
The momentum would shift drastically the following inning, however, as Shreve launched a 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall with two down and a runner on second to break the tie and give the Knights the lead. Bradac would retire Columbia in order in the bottom half to preserve the victory.
The Lions will close out their home schedule with an Ivy League doubleheader against Penn on Friday, April 29. The twinbill, which will begin at 2 p.m., will mark the final home contests of four Columbia seniors: Johnson, Anne Marie Skylis, Tulig and Yagi.