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NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team won the final game of its series at Princeton, 3-2, after losing in walk-off fashion by the same score in the first contest of the day.
The Lions (21-21, 7-9) will take on Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. for their final non-conference tilts of the year on Tuesday, April 23. Game one of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
Columbia 2, Princeton 3
Columbia took its first lead of the series in the top of the second with Morgan Cook doubling to start the inning and moving to third on a wild pitch. Emily Caruthers notched an infield single to first base to plate Cook and give the Lions the early 1-0 edge.
The Tigers (24-18, 9-7) went to work with two outs in the fifth, loading the bases on two walks and a single. Lizzy Pierce than drew a walk to even the score.
A leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt put the go-ahead run on second with two away to set up Liz Caggiano, who doubled to allow pinch-runner Alison Lam to come around and put Columbia back on top. However, the lead was short-lived.
Cara Worden delivered a crushing RBI single in the sixth and ended the game in the seventh. Rachel Rendina singled right in front of the batter’s box, moved into scoring position on a sacrifice and scored off an Alyssa Schmidt single that stayed fair down the leftfield line to lift Princeton to the win.
Tessa Kroll fell to 1-2 after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. Emily Kenyon started and struck out seven batters.
Columbia 3, Princeton 2
The Tigers jumped on top in the nightcap, plating a run on a sacrifice fly by Alex Peyton to make it 1-0 in the bottom of the first.
The Lions responded swiftly in the top of the second. Morgan Cook was walked and scored on a Macy Shrum double to left-center to tie the game.
Princeton’s Nikki Chu put Princeton ahead again in the fourth with a single to bring in Cara Worden.
Columbia overtook the Tigers in the sixth, using a single and a stolen base by Alyssa Swearingen to start a rally. Swearingen advanced to third and moved the final 60 feet after Caruthers legged out an infield single.
After an Emily Snodgrass base-hit, Alix Cook put Columbia in front for the first time and for good with a double to leftfield.
Alix Cook and Snodgrass posted two hits apiece. Brooke Darling was strong in the circle, allowing just two runs in seven innings to earn her 10th victory of the season.