POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH KAYLA NOONAN | POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH BROOKE DARLING & EMILY KENYON
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Columbia softball pitchers Emily Kenyon and
Brooke Darling each tossed complete-game shutouts to guide the Lions to a pair
of victories on day two of the Rebel Spring Games on Saturday. Columbia moves
over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 6-5.
SCHEDULE NOTE: Columbia’s games on Sunday against Rider and Green Bay
have been moved to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. In addition, the Lions doubleheader against Manhattan on Wednesday, March 20, will be played at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Columbia 1, Utah Valley 0
The Lions registered just one hit against the Wolverines
(13-9), but that was enough with the continued brilliance of Kenyon in the
circle. She allowed just seven hits and struck out six to even her record to
2-2 on the season.
Columbia’s lone run came in the bottom of the second without
recording a hit. Liz Caggiano and Macy Shrum each drew walks to put runners on
first and second. With two outs, Emily Caruthers flew down the first base line
on a grounder to third. Utah Valley’s third baseman Debra Lovell had to rush
her throw to first and it sailed over the head of her first baseman, allowing
pinch-runner Summer Secrest to score from second base.
There were a few tense moments when the Wolverines
threatened, but each time Kenyon rose to the occasion. In the fourth, with the
bases loaded and two outs the Monmouth, Ore. native got a huge swinging
strikeout on a rise-ball to get out of the jam.
In the seventh, the Wolverines put the go-ahead run on base
after a bloop single and a walk. Once again, Kenyon buckled down and used good
location to force back-to-back fly outs to left to end the game.
Kayla Shimoda picked up the only hit for the Lions and was
Columbia 6, Saint Peter's 0
Not to be outdone, Darling ended the day with a gem,
striking out six batters with no walks, to move to 4-1 on the year.
In the third inning, the Lions picked up the lead after Alyssa
Swearingen walked, stole second and came in to score on an Emily Snodgrass
double for her team-leading seventh RBI of the season.
Columbia did the rest of its work in the fifth, scoring five
runs to put the game away. Swearingen started things off with a base-hit and
Snodgrass was beaned by a pitch. Alix Cook followed with a single, to keep her
streak of reaching base safely alive at 11, to set up Shimoda. The reigning Ivy
League Player of the Week drove in an insurance run with a long fly out to left
to bring in Swearingen.
First-year Nicole Borchard followed with an RBI single and
Morgan Cook delivered the final dagger, a two-run double to the gap to give the
Lions its final two scores.
Darling did the rest, working out of minimal trouble to help
the Lions win their fourth-straight.
Borchard went 3-for-3 with a stolen base in the nightcap.
Morgan Cook and Swearingen had two hits apiece.