ITHACA, N.Y. – The Columbia softball team earned a crucial series win after going off for 15 hits in a 10-1 win in the final game of the four-game set. The Lions (21-19, 8-8) dropped the first game of the day, 6-3.
Columbia will wrap up the regular season next weekend with a four-game home-and-home series with first place Penn with the Ivy League South Division crown on the line.
Ivy League South Division Scenarios
The Lions trail the Quakers by 2 ½ games, with Penn having to resume a halted game with Harvard. If the Lions sweep the series, they guarantee a spot in the Ivy League Championship series. If Columbia wins 3-of-4, they will have to await the completion of the suspended game that would resume with the score tied, 8-8, in the top of the seventh.
Columbia 3, Cornell 6
The Big Red jumped out to the early lead, using a home run by Chloe Pendergast to go ahead, 2-0.
In the top of the third, Alix Cook stayed red-hot with a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. After an Emily Snodgrass base hit put runners on the corners, Kayla Shimoda trimmed the margin to 2-1 with a hit up the middle.
Columbia’s starting pitcher Kayla Maloney struggled with her command in the fifth, walking two batters and issuing a wild pitch to put runners on the corners. Michiko McGivney added to the lead with an RBI single and an error and bases loaded walk made it a four-run ball game. In the sixth, Jenny Edwards knocked in another run with a single.
The Lions did not go down quietly in the seventh. With two outs and runners on the corners, Nicole Borchard came in on a passed ball. Later in the inning Shelby Unger drove in Snodgrass, poking a single through the left side. With the tying run at the plate, Cornell’s Alsyon Onyon struck out the final batter after a tough nine-pitch at bat by Liz Caggiano.
Alix Cook and Shimoda each went 3-for-4. Maloney dropped to 1-3 after going 4.1 innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits.
Columbia 10, Cornell 1 (5 Innings)
Shimoda got things off on the right foot in the series finale, belting a two-run homer in the top of the first. Alyssa Rodia followed with a double and Unger drove in another run with a single to centerfield. Caggiano capped the four-run inning with another two-bagger, plating Unger.
The Lions strung together three-straight hits in the fourth, including a two-run double. Caggiano chipped in her second RBI of the day and despite giving up a run in the fifth preserved the wide margin to enforce the eight-run rule after five innings of play.
Brooke Darling picked up her 10th win of the season (10-8), going five innings allowing just the one run on five hits with three K’s.
Rodia and Unger were each 3-for-3 from the dish.