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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Softball Uses High Power Innings to Sweep Lafayette

Game One Box Score 

Game Two Box Score

NEW YORK - Columbia scored nine runs combined in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings in game one, and 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of game two to sweep Lafayette 9-1 and 12-4 at the Columbia Softball Stadium.

In game one, Lafayette struck first in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead on two hits.  The Leopards held the lead until the bottom of the fourth when the Lions started a two-out rally that would prove to be the difference in the game.  Nicole Borchard hit a two-out single through the left side and Shelby Unger singled through the right side to advance Borchard to third.  Alyssa Rodia hit a first-pitch home run deep to left field to give Columbia a 3-1 lead.  The Lions weren’t done.  Liz Caggiano singled and Macy Shrum sent her to third with a double to center field.  Mackensy Lakian singled to right field to score both Caggiano and Shrum before the final out of the inning.  The Lions put up five runs on six hits and left one on base to take a 5-1 lead. 

Brooke Darling pitched out of a jam with two players on base before she got Victoria Vergona to strike out swinging.

Columbia ended the game with a four-run fifth inning on four hits.  Alix Cook doubled to center field and advanced to third on an Emily Snodgrass single to left.  Snodgrass stole second and Cook scored on a sac fly by Borchard. Unger walked and Rodia reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, advancing Unger to third.  With two outs, Shrum doubled down the left field line to score two, and Lakian had the walk-off single to left to score Rodia.  The game was called by run rule in the bottom of the fifth.

Darling pitched five innings and gave up one earned run, walked one and struck out seven.

Shrum went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Lakian went 2-for-2 with three RBI.

In game two, Lafayette had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Columbia started another rally that ended the game.  Rodia doubled to right center. Caggiano walked and then it was Shrum’s turn for long-ball heroics.  Shrum homered to right field to give Columbia a 5-2 lead.  Lakian reached on a walk, and with one out Cook singled through the right side and advanced Lakian to third.  Snodgrass singled through the left side, scoring Lakian.  Borchard struck out, but reached on an error by the catcher, scoring Cook. 

Lafayette went to the bullpen but two consecutive walks scored a run, Unger scored on an error.  Lakian and Shimoda singled to score runs and give Columbia a 12-4 win.

Tessa Kroll got the win for the Lions, pitching just 1.2 innings and striking out three.

Snodgrass went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Lions.  Shrum had a hit, a run and four RBI.

Columbia returns to action on Thursday, March 20, when they travel to Staten Island for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Wagner.

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