NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team fell to Penn twice on Saturday, wrapping up the Lions' 2012 Ivy League schedule at Columbia Softball Field.
Columbia (12-33, 6-14 Ivy League) played Penn (32-15, 15-5 Ivy League) tight in the first game, but the Quakers rode the momentum they seized in a five-run fifth to defeat the Lions, 8-2. In the second game, Penn scored in every inning, starting with a three-run first to pull away with an 11-1 win in five frames.
GAME 1: Penn 8, Columbia 2
Penn struck in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. With one out and runners on the corners, Brooke Coloma sent a 2-2 pitch from Columbia starter Brooke Darling to right center for an RBI double that plated an unearned run.
Columbia answered in the bottom of the first. Emily Caruthers legged out an infield single to second base off the first pitch she saw from Penn starter Alexis Borden. Two batters later, Alix Cook knocked an RBI double to right center to plate Caruthers and knot the game at 1-1. Liz Caggiano was hit by a pitch and Morgan Cook singled to third base to load the bases with just one out. Borden escaped the jam with a swinging strikeout and a pop up to second.
The Quakers took command of the game with a five-run second that gave them a 6-1 lead. With one out and the bases loaded, Elysse Gorney hit an RBI single to center field. Kayla Dahlerbruch drove in two with a single up the middle. Coloma came up with another big hit for Penn, placing an RBI single in left in the next at-bat. Kalli Schultea entered the game in relief of Darling and Georgia Guttadauro plated another run with a sacrifice fly to left.
In the bottom of the third, the Lions pulled to within 6-2. Alix Cook got things started with a leadoff single to short and Caggiano followed with a walk on a full cont. Three batters later, with two outs and runners on second and third, Tristin Moone knocked an RBI single back to the circle.
Penn scored two runs in the top of the fourth to push its lead to 8-2. With one on and one out, Coloma hit a two-run home run to left field.
Columbia’s best chance to generate more offense was in the sixth. Emily Snodgrass and Alison Lam hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, but Borden induced a strikeout and two flyouts to escape.
Alix Cook finished 2-of-3 with one double, one RBI and one run. Morgan Cook was 2-of-4 and Lam was 2-of 3.
Darling fell to 9-17 with the loss after allowing five earned runs over 1.1 frames. Schultea tossed 5.2 relief frames with two earned runs given up.
Borden improved to 22-4 after tossing seven innings with five strikeouts and two earned runs allowed.
GAME 2: Penn 11, Columbia 1 (5 Innings)
Penn built a 3-0 lead in the first inning to take control of the second game. After Columbia starter Brooke Darling induced a pair of groundouts, Kayla Dahlerbruch and Brooke Coloma hit back-to back singles to the outfield. Georgia Guttadauro connected for an RBI double to left. Two batters later, Samantha Erosa hit a two-RBI single up the middle.
The Quakers’ lead grew to 5-0 in the second inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Elysse Gorney and Karina Rios scored on one play where Dahlerbruch reached on a fielding error at second and a throwing error from right field.
Columbia got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. Liz Caggiano led the inning off with a full-count walk off Penn starter Alexis Borden. Alex O’Hagan entered to pinch run and Tristin Moone followed with a double to right center. With O’Hagan on third and Moone on second two batters later, O’Hagan scored on a wild pitch.
Penn plated one run in the third when Rios hit a two-out RBI single up the middle.
In the top of the fourth, the Quakers’ lead moved to 8-1 when Guttadauro and Melendez hit back-to-back two-out RBI doubles to left.
The Quakers put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth. With runners on the corners and one out, Stephanie Caso escaped a rundown at third to steal home. In the same at-bat,Eylsse Gorney hit an RBI single up the middle. Two batters later, Coloma hit an RBI single to center field.
The Lions left two runners stranded in the bottom of the fifth.
Darling (9-18) took the loss, striking out two and allowing nine earned runs over five innings.
Borden (23-4) struck out six and allowed one earned run over five frames.
Columbia will close its 2012 season on Tuesday with a home doubleheader against Manhattan scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.