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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Softball Concludes Home Swing against Marist Tuesday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/15/2013
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NEW YORK - The Columbia softball team will host Marist for a Tuesday twinbill at the Baker Athletics Complex. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

The Lions (18-18) are coming off a four-game series split with Cornell over the weekend. Columbia dropped a piar of games to the Big Red on Saturday before bouncing back to win twice on Sunday.

Junior Emily Caruthers continues to provide a spark at the top of the lineup and has taken over the team lead with a .347 batting average and has set the program's single-season record with 14 stolen bases, which also leads the Ivy League. In six games last week, Caruthers hit .429 with nine runs scored.

In the circle, sophomore Brooke Darling and first-year Emily Kenyon continue to pace each other. Each have eight victories on the season and have sub-3.00 ERA's on the year. Kenyon has 113 strikeouts, which is a Columbia rookie record and is three away from entering the top-five single season list.

The Red Foxes (15-17) have won seven of their last nine contests and most recently split a doubleheader with Niagara on Sunday, April 14. Alyssa Zahka and Nicole Cheek are Marist's top offensive threats. Zahka is hitting .390 with six homers and 28 RBI, while Check checks in at .356 to go with eight dingers and 29 RBI. Emily Osterhaus is the Red Foxes' primary pitcher and holds a 7-6 record with a 2.18 ERA.

Marist defeated the Lions, 8-0, at the Colorado State Inviational on March 22 and hold an 8-6 all-time lead in the series between the teams.

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