Softball Opens Ivy League Play Hosting Brown and Yale
NEW YORK - In a weather-influenced weekend, Columbia will host Brown on Friday, March 28 and Yale on Sunday, March 30 to open Ivy League play for the 2014 season.
Columbia enters the weekend at .500 for the first time this season after a sweep of local MAAC rival Rider. The Lions enter the game on a five-game win streak, with sweeps of Iona, Rider and a split with Wagner.
As a team the Lions are hitting an impressive .295, with senior Emily Snodgrass leading the way at .385, ranking second in the Ivy League to-date. The reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Kayla Shimoda had a stellar nine games, batting .355, slugging .645 and driving in 11 runs. She also hit a walk-off grand slam vs. Iona.
Columbia also boasts the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week in Alyssa Rodia. Rodia batted .435 and had .500 OBP. Impressively she slugged at an .826 clip. Of her 10 hits, three were doubles and two were home runs, as she drove in 11 RBI and scored 14 runs.
Brown enters the weekend at 2-13 overall. First-year outfielder Casey Fisher leads the Bears with a .365 batting average, and classmate Christina Andrews is right behind, at .333. Jessica Cherness leads Brown with seven appearances in the circle for a 4.67 ERA. Overall, the Bears bat .197.
Brown played some tough opponents in a a six-team, six-game tournamant at Loyola Marymount in California. The Bears also played at UNC-Wilmington's tournament in the beginning of the season.
Yale comes into the first Ivy League weekend at 3-13, with wins against Butler and Seton Hall and Farleigh Dickinson.
Senior outfielder Tori Balta leads the Bulldogs with a .360 batting average, while first-year pitcher Lindsay Efflandt has five appearances inthe circle with a 2.19 ERA.
As a team Yale bats .223 with one home run and 32 RBI.