Columbia University 7, Rider University 4
Columbia University 5, Rider University 1
NEW YORK, N.Y.—The Rider University softball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader at Columbia on Sunday afternoon at the Baker Athletics Complex.
In the opener, Columbia jumped out to a 4-0, first inning lead with two run scoring singles and an RBI double, followed by a wild pitch.
“It took Kaitlyn an inning to get settled,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “Megan came in and did a nice job in relief.”
Freshman Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park/Passaic Valley) started and went three innings with two strikeouts with fellow rookie Megan Ailand (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) throwing three innings of two-hit relief while recording one strikeout.
Junior Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster) hit a two-run double and sophomore Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) followed with a double of her own to cut the Lion lead to 4-3 in the top of the third inning.
Cottrell had two hits in game one for Rider.
“In the opener, I felt we hit the ball well but just couldn’t get the timely hits like Columbia did,” said Carroll.
Columbia responded with a leadoff double and RBI single to push the lead to 5-3 and the Lions added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go ahead by four.
Sophomore Dana Sensi (Allentown) hit a run-scoring single in the top of the sixth inning to get Rider to within 7-4.
Sensi and freshman Megan McDonough (Olney, Md./Sherwood) also had two hits for the Broncs in the opener.
In game two, Sensi hit a fly ball that advanced senior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) to third base and Washington scored on a Lion error to give the Broncs a 1-0, first inning lead, the only run in the game for the Broncs. Washington led off the game with a bunt single.
Washington had two of Rider’s four hits in game two and she reached base safely all four times.
“The second game was frustrating,” said Carroll. “We just didn’t swing the bats and tried to hit from behind in the count. No one was being aggressive.”
Columbia tied the game in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly after a Bronc error to lead off the inning.
A successful squeeze play with runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth inning put the Lions ahead 2-1 and a leadoff double and one out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth gave Columbia a two-run cushion.
In the sixth inning, Columbia (9-9) hit three doubles in a row, the last two of the run scoring variety to put the Lions ahead 5-1.
Sophomore Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) pitched all six innings and recorded one strikeout, scattering 11 hits.
Montana pitched really well,” Carroll added. “She just didn’t get any run support.”
Columbia has now won 22 times in the 36-game series history that began in 2001. Last season, the Lions took three of four games from Rider, splitting a doubleheader in Lawrenceville on March 10 and winning two times at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida.
Rider (2-13) has lost nine straight.
The Broncs travel to West Point, New York for a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday against Army.