NEW YORK -- The Columbia softball team dropped a pair of contests to Ivy League South rival Penn on Friday afternoon at Baker Athletics Complex. The Quakers came back from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 12-4 decision in the first game, and shutout the Lions, 9-0, in game two. The twinbill was preceded by a Senior Day ceremony, honoring Columbia's four seniors that were playing in their final home contests: Maggie Johnson, Anne Marie Skylis, Karen Tulig and Stephanie Yagi.
Columbia opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as first-year Morgan Cook reached on an error with one out. After Cook stole second, Skylis reached on a base on balls to put runners on first and second for Johnson. The Danville, Calif. native ripped a double to right-center field to score both Cook and Skylis and give the Lions a 2-0 lead.
The Quakers knotted the contest their next time to bat, as an RBI single from Steph Caso and a steal of home tied the game at 2-2. Caso was a thorn in the side of Columbia all afternoon, going 5-for-6 with four RBIs from the nine hole.
After Columbia went down in order in the bottom of the second, Penn exploded for eight runs in the top of the third. The Quakers sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, an inning that lasted 31 minutes. Brooke Coloma had a pair of hits and two runs batted in in the frame, while Caso had a three-run double.
The Lions fought back to get back into the contest in the bottom half of the inning, as Yagi came through with a two-out, two-run single to cut the deficit to 10-4. But Penn would come right back with two more on a home run by Sam Erosa to re-up the lead to eight runs.
From there, Columbia would load the bases in the fourth but Mikenzie Voves got a strikeout to end the threat, and worked around a single in the fifth to record the run-rule win.
The second game of the doubleheader began with both offenses struggling, as both first-year Prophet Gaspard and Penn pitcher Cailyn Hennessy hung zeroes on the scoreboard through the first two innings.
In the third, Penn once again got its offense going and scored six runs to take command. Caso was the catalyst, as she began the rally with a single up the middle and scored later in the inning on a base hit by Alysha Prystowsky. Kayla Dahlerbruch also added a two-run double in the frame.
Columbia threatened to start a rally in the fourth, as Johnson drilled a single to center with one away. Yagi also hit the ball hard, but right at the first baseman Kelsey Wolfe. Wolfe snared the liner and stepped on first to double-up Johnson and end the inning.
The Quakers tacked on three more in the top of the fifth, with Wolfe driving home two with a single to left field.
With the score at 9-0, Tulig dropped a single into right field and first-year Emily Snodgrass also went the other way for a single to right. Cook followed with a line drive that Wolfe made a diving play on to close out the contest.
The Lions will close out their season with a doubleheader in Philadelphia against the Quakers on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 2 p.m.