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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Columbia softball team split a doubleheader at Rider on
Sunday afternoon. The Lions (2-5) picked up a wild 7-6 victory in a game one
that featured eight total errors before being edged 4-3 in the nightcap by the
Sophomore Kayla Shimoda went a perfect 5-for-5 from the
plate in both games to lead Columbia’s offensive attack. Sophomore Alix Cook
had a hit in each game, and has reached base safely in all of the Lions’ seven
games this season.
Columbia will head to Kissimmee, Fla. later this week to
begin a 10-game slate at the Rebel Games. The Lions open the tournament on
Friday, March 15 with contests against Wagner and Lehigh.
Columbia 7, Rider 6
First-year Macy Shrum’s three-run homer, the first of her
career, in the fifth inning proved to be the difference for the Lions (2-4).
Shimoda used her speed to almost single handedly help the
Lions open the scoring in the second, reaching on a leadoff single and moving
to second after an overthrow by Rider’s catcher on a pickoff attempt. The
sophomore advanced to third on a ground out before crossing home on a wild pitch
to give Columbia a 1-0 edge.
The Lions put a three-spot on the board in the third, adding
an insurance run on a squeeze play executed by Emily Snodgrass with a nice bunt
to score Emily Caruthers. A dropped fly ball and a sacrifice bunt set the table
for Liz Caggiano, who ripped a two-run double to push the margin to 4-0.
In the bottom half of the frame, Rider recorded back-to-back
hits and drew a base on balls to load the bases with no outs. Starting pitcher
Emily Kenyon retired Heather Muscara via foul out, but a dropped pop up allowed
the Broncs to get on the board. Kenyon minimized the damage by fanning the next
two batters, keeping it a three-run ballgame.
Rider pulled within 4-3 after an Allysen Breeden two-run
blast in the fourth and Dana Sensi reached on a double to continue the rally
with no outs. Columbia turned to Brooke Darling out of the bullpen to stop the
bleeding. Darling got her first player to ground out, but Sensi advanced to
third on the play and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to tie the score.
The Lions used a two-out rally to quickly regain the
advantage in the top of the fifth. Shimoda and Caggiano were in the middle of
things again, posting two consecutive singles leading up to Shrum’s dinger, the
first for any Columbia player this year.
Two more defensive miscues by Columbia allowed the Broncs to
plate one run in the sixth, and continued to apply pressure in the bottom of
Another dropped pop up, a single and a throwing error on a sacrifice
attempt loaded the bases with no outs for Rider. The Broncs made it a one-run
game on a fielder’s choice where the Lions opted to get the force out at third
base. Rider had the bases juiced again after a runner beat out a throw, but
Shrum came up with a grounder at short and fired home to get the force out and
prevent the tying run from scoring.
Darling then put the final touches on the win by inducing a
fly out to left center.
Shimoda went 3-for-3 with a stolen base and Emily Caruthers
was 2-for-3 with a swipe.
Darling improved to 2-1 on the year, giving up two runs
(zero earned) on two hits in four innings of relief. Kenyon struck out seven in
just three innings.
Columbia 3, Rider 4
Shimoda gave the Lions a quick 1-0 lead with an RBI double
to left-centerfield in the top of the first inning, but Rider had the answer in
the bottom half of the frame.
A leadoff walk and stolen base led to a Sensi single to tie
the game at 1-1. Two more singles loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly plated
the go-ahead run.
In the second, a pair of Columbia errors led to Rider adding
to its lead. Kehli Washington reached with two outs on a ground ball that
starting pitcher Kalli Schultea could not field cleanly and the Broncs took a
3-1 lead after Breeden singled and a misplay by Mackensy Lakian in left brought
The Lions filled the bases in the fifth inning with just one
out and closed within one on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Cook. However, Emily
Snodgrass was thrown out at third trying to advance on the play as well, ending
hopes for a bigger inning.
The Broncs regained the two-run advantage in the sixth
inning with an RBI knock from Amanda Irving, but Columbia refused to go
Caruthers started the seventh with a base-knock and Alix
Cook reached on an infield error. A filled the bases with Lions, and Shimoda
made it 4-3 with an infield single to short. However, Krista Morrone retired
the next two batters to hold off Columbia.
Schultea pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs on
five hits, and took the decision.
Shimoda went 2-for-2 with the two RBI.