NEW YORK -- Despite four Lions runs in the sixth and some late gutsy play, the Columbia softball team's second game rally fell one run short as Brown took a two-game sweep on Sunday at Columbia Softball Field.
Columbia (7-18, 1-3 Ivy League) struggled offensively and defensively in the first game as the Lions combined for just four hits and committed four errors in an 8-0, five-inning loss to Brown (5-13, 2-2 Ivy League).
In the second game, the Lions scored one run in the sixth and four in the seventh only to lose to the Bears, 6-5. Sophomore Morgan Cook hit a bases-loaded two-out RBI single up the middle to drive in two runs and make it a one-run ball game. Sophomore Emily Snodgrass followed with a single to right field to re-load the bases. Junior Jennifer Bergeron had a well-hit ball to the outfield, but Brown's right fielder snagged it for the game-ending flyout.
GAME 2: Brown 6, Columbia 5
Down 6-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Columbia offense finally started to put some hits together to make things interesting. Jennifer Bergeron opened the inning with a single through the left side off the first pitch from Brown starter Jessia Cherness. Two batters later, Kalli Schultea drew a one-out walk on a full count and Alex O'Hagan entered to run for her. Christie Taylor grounded out to the circle and advanced Bergeron and O’Hagan. With two runners in scoring position, Kayla Shimoda legged out an RBI single to short to score Bergeron and move O’Hagan to third. Alison Lam followed with an RBI single to second, bringing the Lions to within 6-3.
After Brown subbed in Sam Brady in the circle in relief of Cherness, Alix Cook drew a walk on five pitches to load the bases. Morgan Cook came up with the Lions’ biggest hit of the day, drilling a two-RBI single up the middle to plate Shimoda and Lam and pull Columbia to within 6-5. The Bears inserted Game 1 starter Denise van der Goot in the circle following the hit and Emily Snodgrass came up with a single to shallow center on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. van der Goot escaped when Bergeron flied out right field in her second at-bat of the inning.
Brown took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Kat Strobel hit a one-out RBI double to right field off a 1-1 pitch from Columbia starter Brooke Darling.
The Bears poured on four more runs in the fifth to grow their lead to 5-0. With one out and the bases loaded, Danielle Palms connected for an RBI single up the middle. Stephanie Thompson followed with a two-RBI single to right field. Two batters later, Palms scored from third base on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the sixth, Columbia drew to within 5-1 when Morgan Cook ripped a double off the left field wall near the line to drive in Lam from second base.
In the top of the seventh, Thompson drove in what turned to be the game-winning run for Brown. With two on and one out, Thompson singled up the middle to bring in Avery Silverstein from second base.
Morgan Cook was 2-of-4 with one double and three RBI. Bergeron was 2-of-4 with one run scored. Lam finished 1-of-3 with one RBI, two runs and one walk. Shimoda went 1-of-3 with one run and one RBI.
Darling (4-9) took the loss after striking out four and allowing six runs over seven frames.
Cherness (4-5) earned the win for Brown after tossing 6.2 innings with five strikeouts and five earned runs allowed. van der Goot picked up the save after getting one out with the bases loaded.
GAME 1: Brown 8, Columbia 0 (5 Innings)
Brown seized control of the first game in the second inning when the Bears plated three runs on three hits and two errors. With one out and two runners in scoring position, Kelsey Williams hit an RBI single to left field off Columbia starter Kalli Schultea. Erika Mueller reached on an errant throw from third to first and Alyssa Caplan scored on the play to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Williams scored the third run on an errant throw trying to stop Mueller from stealing second.
Columbia left two runners stranded win the second. With two outs, Christie Taylor drew a walk with a full count and Liz Caggiano clubbed a single to center field to give the Lions two runners on. Brown starter Denise van der Goot fanned the next batter to escape the frame.
The Bears scored one run in the third inning when Trista Chavez hit a sac fly to drive in Danielle Palms from third base.
The Lions left two runners on base in the third inning as well. With one out, Alison Lam singled to left field on an 0-2 pitch and Alix Cook followed with an infield single to third. Two batters later, both runners advances on a passed ball. van der Goot got out of the jam with a flyout to center.
Brown extended its lead to 6-0 in the fourth off two hits and an error. With two on and two outs, Kate Strobel hit an RBI single to right. Avery Silverstein off an errant throw from second base to third base in a failed pick-off attempt.
The Bears put the game out of reach with two more runs in the top of the fifth. Tristin Moone entered the circle in relief of Schultea. With one out, and two runners on, Chavez reached on an error at short and Thompson scored from third base. In the next at-bat, Williams hit an RBI double.
Lam finished 2-of-3 at the plate. Alix Cook and Caggiano recorded one hit apiece.
Schultea took the loss after recording one strikeout and allowing four earned runs over four innings. Moone had two strikeouts and two earned runs allowed in one relief inning.
van der Goot earned the win after striking out five over five scoreless frames.
The Lions will be back in action Wednesday, April 4, when they head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a doubleheader against Marist.