POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Columbia softball team took a pair of losses at Marist on Wednesday at Gartland Field. The Red Foxes edged the Lions, 5-4, in the first game thanks to a walk-off home run and Columbia rallied late but came up short in a 6-5 setback in the second contest.
In the first game, Columbia (7-20) led Marist (14-17), 4-3, heading into the sixth, but the Red Foxes came through with one run in the sixth to tie the game before Danielle Koltz’s game-winning homer in the seventh.
The Lions had 3-0 lead in the second game but the Red Foxes’ four-run fourth inning for proved costly. Columbia roared back to life with two runs in the seventh and had the game-tying run on second with one out, but Marist pitcher Paige Lewis induced two groundouts to end the game.
Columbia hit well in both games (.362, 21-of-58), but left 17 runners stranded.
GAME 1: Marist 5, Columbia 4
Columbia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Jennifer Bergeron got things started with a hard-hit single through the left side on the first pitch she saw from Marist starter Janine Lalli. Three batters later, Bergeron scored from third base on a wild pitch. Tristin Moone clubbed an RBI single up the middle to plate pinch-runner Alex O’Hagan.
The Lions’ lead grew to 3-0 in the third frame when Moone knocked a two-out double to right field to drive in Bergeron from third base.
Marist’s offense woke up in the bottom of the third as the Red Foxes scored three runs to knot the game at 3-3. Ashley Corriss hit a leadoff home run to left center off Columbia starter Brooke Darling for Marist’s first run. Alyssa Zahka’s RBI groundout to second brought home the Red Foxes’ second run and Haley Birnbaum followed with an RBI single through the left side.
Columbia reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth when Moone ripped a two-out single to right field to plate Liz Caggiano from second base.
The Lions stranded runners on the corners in the top of the sixth when reliever Emily Osterhaus got out of a jam by inducing a groundout to short.
The game went to a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth when Sarah Carmody hit a one-out homer off a full count. Danielle Koltz won the game for Marist in the home seventh when she hit a one-out homer off the first pitch she saw.
Moone was the main offensive catalyst for Columbia, going 3-of-4 with three RBI. Bergeron was 2-of-3 with one double and two runs scored.
Darling (4-10) took the loss after striking out six and allowing five earned runs over 6.1 frames.
Lalli tossed five innings with three strikeouts and four earned runs allowed in the no decision. Osterhaus earned the relief victory after working two scoreless innings.
GAME 2: Marist 6, Columbia 5
Columbia climbed out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Emily Snodgrass drilled a one-out single up the middle off Marist starter Melanie White to score Alison Lam from second base.
The Lions extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning. Lam started things off with a double to left center and Alix Cook hit a single through the right side to bring her in. Two batters later, Jennifer Bergeron connected for a single up the gut of the infield to plate Alix Cook from second.
Marist’s offense got rolling in the fourth inning when the Red Foxes scored four runs. With two runners in scoring position, Haley Birnbaum hit a double down the left field line off Columbia starter Kalli Schultea to pull Marist to within 3-2. Two batters later, Sarah Carmody singled to third base to plate Birnbaum and tie the game. Three batters after that, Megan Lamoureaux drew a bases-loaded walk and pinch runner Nicole Van Loan scored the Red Foxes’ fourth run.
Columbia had an opportunity to answer in the top of the fifth but left two runners on base. Alix Cook and Emily Caruthers each hit one-out singles and a sacrifice bunt from Morgan Cook moved both runners into scoring position. White got out of the jam with a popup to short.
Marist grew its advantage to 6-3 in the home fifth. With one runner on and one out, Aly Klemmer homered to left center.
The Lions left a pair stranded again in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Kayla Shimoda knocked a double to left center to put two Columbia runners in scoring position. White escaped this time with a swinging strikeout.
Tristin Moone threw a solid 1-2-3 relief inning in the sixth to halt Marist’s offensive run.
In the top of the seventh, Alix Cook got things started with a single through the left side off an 0-2 pitch from reliever Paige Lewis. Caruthers legged out a single to short and Morgan Cook placed an RBI single down the right field line to bring in Alix Cook. Jennifer Bergeron had an RBI single back to the circle to plate Caruthers and bring Columbia to within 6-5. Liz Caggiano’s groundout moved Morgan Cook, the potential tying run, to third base but put the Lions at two outs. Lewis escaped when she induced a groundout to second from Moone, Columbia’s hottest hitter from Game1.
Alix Cook was 3-of-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Morgan Cook was 2-of-3 with one RBI. Caruthers was 2-of-2 with one run scored in her first action since March 3. Bergeron had one hit and two RBI and Lam had one hit and two runs scored.
Schultea (3-9) took the loss after throwing five innings with two strikeouts and four earned runs allowed. Moone tossed a scoreless sixth with one strikeout.
White (3-6) earned the win after throwing six frames with eight Ks and two earned runs allowed. Lewis allowed two earned runs in her relief seventh and earned the save.
The Lions return to Ivy League play on Friday when they head to Cambridge, Mass., for a doubleheader at Harvard that starts at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Columbia takes on Dartmouth for a twinbill in Hanover, N.H. starting at 12:30 p.m.