After the basketball team lost last Wednesday, BwogSports became depressed. All good things, like the Lions’ historic season, must come to an end, though. Today, that sadness turns into happiness and hopefulness. As Major League Baseball begins, and Columbia baseball and softball begin Ivy League competition, Max Rettig brings you an update on Columbia’s spring sports.
Baseball: The Lions defeated Army on Thursday 4-0, following up that win with a 4-0 victory against Brown earlier today to open the team’s Ivy League schedule. Against Army, 5 pitchers combined for a 4-hit shutout, while Nick Maguire went 4-5 to lead the Lions’ potent offense, which tallied 13 hits. The team won the second game of the day, again by a score of 4-0. George Thanopoulos enjoyed a dominating outing: 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 9 K. The Lions are 8-12, 2-0 Ivy League. They play Yale on Tuesday.
Softball: The Lions began Ivy play with 2-game sets against Brown and Yale this past weekend, winning all 4 games to push their current winning streak to a program record 9 games. Emily Kenyon pitched a strong first game against Brown and freshman Kerry Cook took advantage of her pinch-hit opportunity with a 2-run homer in the 3-1 Lions win. The Lions also won 3-0 on the power of Brooke Darling’s shutout and 2-3 performances at the plate by Kayla Shimoda, Emily Snodgrass and Shelby Unger. On Sunday against Yale, Emily Kenyon took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Lions, who started off to a 2-0 lead, won 3-2. In the nightcap, the Lions offense came alive, scoring 5 straight runs on the power of two deep doubles. Liz Caggiano hit a two-run homer to chase Yale’s pitcher. Brooke Darling improved to 6-4 with the win, allowing 2 hits and striking out 4 Bulldogs. The Lions are 13-9, 4-0 Ivy League.
Tennis: Men’s and women’s tennis both defeated Cornell easily. The men won a shut-out competition 7-0, while the women won 6-1. The 18-ranked men are on a 12-match winning streak.
Lacrosse: The Lions’ women’s team won a shutout victory for the first time in program history, defeating Mount St. Mary’s 11-0 on Sunday. The team is 3-5; they play UMBC next Wednesday, April 9th.
Rowing: Men’s heavyweight rowing defeated Rutgers in coach Scott Alwin’s debut to keep the Collins Cup. The women lost to tough Ivy competition in the Connell Cup.
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