The Lions travel to Fairfield on Wednesday

NEW YORK –The Columbia softball team (7-18, 4-5 Ivy) will lead I-95 for a midweek game against Fairfield (6-16, 0-2 MAAC) on Wednesday. The first pitch from the alumni softball field is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.



GAME COVERAGE:
Wednesday’s game will be available on the Deer Sports Network. Live statistics will be provided by StatDiffusion.



LAST TIME OUT
Columbia came out on the wrong end of a three-game sweep at the hands of Harvard last weekend. The Lions never started their offense, falling 21-2 in all three games and going just .169. Meanwhile, Columbia’s defense committed six errors, allowing nine unearned runs through the plate throughout the series.

Highlighting Lions weekend was the first year Maddie Souza, who hit .571 (4 for 7) with an RBI. Souza led in the lone run in Sunday’s series finale on a loaded left-hander single to tie the game, 1-1. Her and Abby Stuart were named to this week’s Ivy League Honor Roll.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS
The attack on Columbia is led by Abby Stuart, who is hitting .372 (29-78) so far this season with a 1.052 OPS. Stuart is second in the league in batting average, fourth in OPS, as well as in the top five in runs scored (14), hits (29), homers (6) and slugging percentage (.628) . First year Maddie Souza hits .301 and third baseman bubba gleaves is just behind at .299.

IN THE CIRCLE
First year Jordan Hill leads pitching staff with a 3.24 ERA. Hill is 4-7 on the year with four complete games and one shutout in 67 innings pitched. Raquel Reyes (4.61) and Kaia McCaul (5.29) combined to pitch 86 1/3 innings.

ivy honors
Columbia has earned two of the Ivy League Softball Player of the Week honors so far this season. All of Columbia’s Ivy accolades this season are listed below.

Player of the week:
Abby Stuart (March 28)

rookie of the week:
Jordan Hill (March 21st)

Roll of honor:
February 28: bubba gleaves, Raquel Reyes
March 7: Maddie Souza, Marie Pagane
March 14: Lauren Apolliro, Jordan Hill
March 21st: bubba gleaves
March 28: Jaden Hill, Jordan Hill
April 4: Maddie Souza, Abby Stuart

THE OPPONENT
Fairfield comes into the game 6-16 overall with its MAAC mark of 0-2, coming out of the Rider doubleheader last Saturday. Pitcher Katie Kudlacik rode a classic pitching duel against the Broncs, allowing no hits in the first four innings and just three hits in the first seven innings. The Broncs rallied for the game-winning run in the eighth inning, scoring the game’s only run late in the inning on a hit.

Haley Updegraff tops the Stags stat sheet with his .322 batting average, leading the team with 10 extra hits, including seven doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs. Allie Bridgeman is also above the .300 mark, collecting a .314 hit percentage in his 19 appearances, sporting two home runs and seven RBIs to date. Mikayla Rubin continues to produce runs for Fairfield, leading a 13-base runner team and scoring three runs herself. Bailey Taylor and Kudlacik are tied for the team lead with two wins each and 23 strikeouts each.

The Lions trail the all-time streak against the Stags, 5-7. The last time they met was in 2019 at Fairfield, a match won by the Stags, 4-1. Columbia’s last series victory came the previous year in New York, in the bottom of the eighth on a brace from Maddie Gott.

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