KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Columbia softball team topped Rider, 6-0, but fell to Green Bay, 7-6, on a walk-off hit by the Phoenix in the team's second game of the day. The Lions are now 8-7 on the year.
The Lions wrap up play at the Rebel Spring Games on Wednesday, March 20 with a doubleheader against Manhattan beginning at 9 a.m.
Columbia 6, Rider 0
In the circle, first-year Tessa Kroll was impressive, tossing seven innings of shutout ball to earn her first career win and even her record at 1-1. Kroll allowed just five hits and struck out five in the triumph.
Junior Emily Snodgrass continued to swing the hot-bat, giving Columbia a 1-0 edge on a solo shot, her third of the Florida swing, in the top of the first.
A huge defensive play by Alyssa Swearingen preserved the lead in the third inning. With the Broncs' Kehli Washington on second base, Ali Breeden singled to leftfield. Swearingen charged the ball and gunned down Washington at the plate to preserve the lead.
Nicole Borchard's RBI single added an insurance run in the sixth inning before Columbia busted the game open in the seventh.
Snodgrass recorded a one-out double, Alix Cook followed with an infield single and Kayla Shimoda was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Borchard. The first-year crushed a grand slam home run to left-centerfield for her first career long ball and give the Lions the 6-0 edge.
Borchard had a 3-for-4 day with the five RBI, while Snodgrass was 2-for-4.
Columbia 6, Green Bay 7
Snodgrass belted her second homer of the day in the first, recording a two-run shot to score Emily Caruthers in the top of the first. Columbia made it 3-0 after Macy Shrum singled off the Phoenix' starting pitcher Ali Goecks' glove to score Shimoda.
Green Bay pulled within one in the second on RBI singles by Danielle Peerenboom and Kelli Hutchinson in the bottom of the second. In the third, Marissa Michalkiewicz evened the score, 3-3, with a solo homer to centerfield, and Peerenboom struck again with a single up the middle to score pinch-runner Briana Cavin.
After a leadoff walk and a pair of errors by the Phoenix while Columbia was trying to sacrifice the runners over loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth. Snodgrass lofted a high fly ball that was caught in foul territory beyond the leftfield line. Jessica Hrncar made the play and threw home, but a nice slide by pinch-runner Summer Secrest around the tag tied the game, 4-4.
The Phoenix reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the inning, using well-placed bunts to put two runners on to start the frame. With both runners in scoring position, Michalkiewicz posted a double to bring in both runs to make it 6-5.
Columbia continued to show resiliency in the fifth, starting a rally when Borchard reached on an error. Morgan Cook pushed the tying run into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Lakian hit a double that dropped on the rightfield line to bring in Borchard.
The score remained knotted until the bottom of the seventh. Miranda Reinke dropped a soft bunt right in front of the catcher to reach first. Alyssa Johnson bunted one beyond Kalli Schultea in the circle and with the right-side of the infield rotating to cover bases, the ball remained on the ground to allow Reinke to advance to third. Hutchinson ended the game with a hard single off the glove of Alix Cook at third to lift Green Bay to the 7-6 win.
Alix Cook went 2-for-3, extending her streak of reaching base to 15 games. Caruthers was 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases.
Schultea took the decision (1-2), relieving starting pitcher Emily Kenyon in the fourth.