NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team dropped two games to Harvard on Saturday afternoon. The Lions (11-13, 1-3) fell in game one, 4-1, and were edged, 3-1, in the nightcap.
The Lions will wrap up their six-game homestand with a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday, Apr. 2. First pitch of game one is slated for 3 p.m. start.
Columbia 1, Harvard 4
Sophomore Kayla Shimoda gave Columbia a 1-0 lead in the second inning, hitting a ball to the gap in left-centerfield. On the play, Harvard’s leftfielder and centerfielder collided and the ball went to the wall as both players remained on the ground and Shimoda rounded the base paths for an inside the park home run on the scary play.
The Crimson (9-14, 2-2) grabbed the lead in the fifth with one swing of the bat after a Kasey Lange homer that just cleared the wall in center to make it 2-1.
Harvard tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh to ensure the win.
Shimoda was 1-for-3 with her second homer in as many days. Alix Cook went 1-for-3.
Sophomore Brooke Darling (5-4) went the distance, allowing just two earned runs on nine hits to go with four strikeouts.
Columbia 1, Harvard 3
The Lions once again took an early lead, scoring in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on first and second, Shimoda hit a slow grounder towards the bag at second base. Katherine Lantz fielded the ball and pitched it to the shortstop, but the throw was off the mark to bring in Emily Snodgrass all the way from second base.
In the second, the Crimson took the lead on an RBI double down the leftfield line by Emily Gusse and a wild pitch with a runner on third base.
The combination of Harvard’s Gabi Ruiz and Jamie Halula kept Columbia at bay the rest of the way, and the Crimson added an insurance run in the sixth to seal the sweep.
Alix Cook went 2-for-4 and has reached base safely in 23 of the team’s 24 games.
Emily Kenyon (4-6) pitched seven innings of six-hit ball. She allowed three runs with eight strikeouts.