HANOVER, N.H. -- Strong hitting and two complete games from Brooke Darling powered the Columbia softball team to two wins over Dartmouth on Saturday at Dartmouth Softball Park.
Columbia (9-22, 3-5 Ivy League) took a 9-0, six-inning victory over Dartmouth (8-15, 1-7 Ivy League) in the first game. Tristin Moone hit two homers and drove in four runs and Darling threw her second career shutout with six scoreless frames and four strikeouts.
In Game 2, the Lions took an early lead and poured on four runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Big Green, 7-1. Alix Cook was 2-of-4 with two RBI and Jennifer Bergeron had three hits and one RBI. Darling struck out five over seven gutsy innings.
GAME 1: Columbia 9, Dartmouth 0 (6 Innings)
Columbia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as a result of some pitching struggles from Dartmouth starter Kristen Rumley. Alix Cook drew a one-out walk and advanced around the bases on three illegal pitches. Rachel Hein entered in the circle in relief of Rumley and closed the inning with a walk and a strikeout.
Dartmouth’s best chance to get on the board was in the bottom of the first when the Big Green left three runners stranded. With one out, Kat Hicks singled on a full count to load the bases. Lions starting pitcher Brooke Darling settled in, getting a forceout at home plate from shortstop Jennifer Bergeron to catcher Liz Caggiano. Darling sent the next batter down swinging to leave the bases loaded for Dartmouth.
In the top of the second, the Lions’ lead grew to 2-0. Caggiano drew a leadoff walk and Kira Ullman entered to pinch run. Evan Gray relieved Hein in the circle and four batters later, Alix Cook hit a two-out RBI single to short to plate Ullman from third base.
Tristin Moone slammed a solo home run with two outs in the top of the third to extend Columbia’s lead to 3-0.
Columbia plated three in the fourth inning of three hits. Christie Taylor and Kayla Shimoda opened the inning with back-to-back single to left. After a groundout to first and a four-pitch walk to Alix Cook, Emily Snodgrass reached base on a fielder’s choice with Taylor out at home. With two outs and the bases loaded, Morgan Cook drew an RBI walk on a full count. Bergeron followed with an RBI single to right and two more runs scored.
Moone struck again in the sixth inning to put the game out of Dartmouth’s reach. Alix Cook singled to left center and Snodgrass singled to short to open the inning. Three batters later, Moone slammed her second homer of the game, this one a three-run shot to push Columbia’s lead to 9-0.
Moone finished 2-of-4 with two homers, four RBI and two runs scored. Alix Cook was 2-of-2 with one RBI, three runs scored and two walks.
Darling improved to 5-11 after throwing six shutout innings with four strikeouts.
Rumley (4-7) took the loss after allowing one earned run over two-thirds of an inning. Hein allowed one earned run over one-third of an inning and Gray allowed seven runs over five relief frames.
GAME 2: Columbia 7, Dartmouth 1
The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead once again in the first inning. With two outs, Morgan Cook singled to right of an 0-2 pitch from Dartmouth starter Hilary Barker.
Columbia poured on four runs in the second inning to build its lead to a commanding 5-0. With two on and no outs, Kyla Shimoda hit an RBI single to plate Kira Ullman. Two batters later, Alix Cook knocked a two-RBI single to right center. Alison Lam scored from third in the next at-bat on an illegal pitch. Barker was replaced in the circle by Kat Hicks who ended the inning with two groundouts.
The Lions’ offense kept rolling in the third frame. After Tristin Moone hit a leadoff single to right center, Alex O’Hagan entered to pinch run and stole second base. Liz Caggiano drove her in with an RBI double in the following at-bat.
Columbia’s lead grew to 7-0 in the top of the sixth. Emily Snodgrass legged out an RBI single to short with one out and stole second base in the next at-bat. With two outs, Jennifer Bergeron knocked an RBI single to left field.
Dartmouth finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth when Noelle Ramirez hit a one-out home run.
Alix Cook was 2-of-4 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Bergeron finished 3-of-4 with one RBI.
Darling (6-11) earned her second complete-game victory of the day after tossing seven frames with five strikeouts and just one earned run allowed. She needed just 84 pitches to put away Dartmouth in the second game.
Barker (2-5) took the loss after allowing three earned runs over just 1.1 innings. Hicks allowed two earned runs over 5.2 relief frames.
Columbia continues its 12-game road swing April 14-15 when it heads to Ithaca, N.Y., next weekend for four games against Cornell.