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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Columbia softball team opened the Rebel
Games with a 5-2 victory over Wagner on Friday morning. The Lions (3-5) will return
to the diamond this afternoon when they take on Lehigh at 1 p.m.
Junior Morgan Cook went 2-for-2 and first-year Macy Shrum
was 2-for-3. Sophomore Alix Cook notched a base-hit to extend her on-base
streak to eight games.
In the bottom of the second, Nicole Borchard led things off
with a single and moved to second on a Morgan Cook sacrifice bunt. Shrum
followed with a single to put runners on the corners for Liz Caggiano, who hit
a sinking fly ball to centerfield. Carly Nicoletti couldn’t handle it cleanly
and Columbia took the 1-0 edge.
Sophomore Alyssa Swearingen knocked in Shrum with a
sharply-hit double to leftfield and later a walk loaded the bases for Alix
Cook. The speedy outfielder legged out a single to extend the inning and drive
in the third run, and Swearingen made it 4-0 after scoring on a fielder’s
choice where the Seawolves’ third baseman’s foot was off the bag on a force
In the third, two errors by the Lions’ infield led to a two-out
Jessica Albarran RBI single, but starting pitcher Brooke Darling escaped any
further damage by freezing the next batter.
The Lions took that run back in the bottom of the frame, putting
runners on first and second with just one out. Leadoff batter Emily Caruthers
hit a grounder to short and forced an errant throw, allowing Caggiano to score
from second on the play.
Columbia seemed poised to take the game without incident
until a Wagner rally in the top of the seventh. The Seawolves loaded the bases
with three-straight base knocks, but Darling induced a 6-4-3 double play.
Wagner scored a run on the outs, but the defensive play halted the momentum and
Carly Nicoletti grounded out to the circle to end the game.
Darling improves to 3-1 on the year after allowing just one
earned run on 12 hits in seven innings. The sophomore right-hander also struck