College Softball - Rebel Spring Games
Columbia University 11, Rider University 3 / 5 innings
University at Albany 7, Rider University 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla.--Despite three more hits from junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) and five stolen bases, the Rider University softball team was swept on day three at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida Sunday morning.
The Broncs lost to Columbia 11-3 in the 9am opener and Rider lost the 11am game against the University at Albany 7-1.
"Both games, we let a couple of little things snowball," said head coach Tricia Carroll. It was also a frustrating day at the plate. The rallies we did get stalled with runners in scoring position."
Against Columbia, Rider (3-17) cut the Lion lead to 4-2 in the top of the third inning, using a Washington single and a double from freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown), combined with a two-run Columbia error.
"Kehli continued her strong play," Carroll said about her centerfielder who picked up career hit #100 on the trip down south. "She puts tons of pressure on the opponent at the plate and on the bases with her speed."
Washington has 28 career steals in 32 attempts including 16 for 17 this season and she has already surpassed her stolen base total (12) from her first two seasons combined.
Rider's leading hitter (.349), Washington is on a seven-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 16 straight games.
Columbia manufactured three runs in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 7-1 with an RBI single, sacrifice fly and RBI ground out.
Rider got one run back in the fifth inning when sophomore Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) scored on a throwing error, cutting the Lion lead to 7-2.
Breeden had two of Rider's six hits in the opener.
Columbia ended the game on the eight-run mercy rule, scoring four times on three hits and a Rider error for the final score.
Freshman Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) worked into the fifth inning, allowing nine hits and 11 runs, eight earned.
"The game got a little out of hand after Montana left with an injury," Carroll added.
In game two, Rider took a 1-0, first inning lead on an RBI single by freshman Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South), scoring Washington who led off the game with a walk and stole second.
The Great Danes responded with a two-out, two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the first and U Albany used a two-run home run and a two-run double as part of a five-run second inning to open up a 7-1 lead.
"We scored first against Albany and gave it right back," said Carroll. "Albany's pitcher did a good job keeping us off balance."
Rider was held to two hits over the final five innings. Washington had two of Rider's four hits in the game.
Red-shirt freshman Krista Morrone (Pipersville, Pa./Palisades) took the loss, working six innings, allowing seven runs, all earned while recording one strikeout.
Rider and Columbia met in Lawrenceville at Herb and Joan Young Field on March 10, 2013 with the Broncs winning the nightcap 4-3 after losing the opener 7-6.
The Broncs are off on Monday and will face Columbia and U Albany again on Tuesday, beginning at 9am.
"The day off will do us good," Carroll said. "Three days in a row, this time of year is a tough schedule."