FAIRFAX, Va. — The Columbia softball team opened the 2017 Patriot Classic with a games against Army West Point and Fairfield on Saturday at the George Mason Softball Complex. The Lions fell to Army in extra innings, 8-4, in the day’s first game, and suffered another four-run loss to Fairfield, 9-5, in the second game.
Junior Madison Gott, sophomore Alexandra Yule and first-year Sommer Grzybek all had three-hit days. Gott deposited her second home run of the season against the Stags, while sophomore third basemen Jordan Townsend hit her first of the year against the Black Knights. Gott, Townsend and sophomore Bonnie Schipper all finished the day with two RBIs.
The Lions (1-5) return to action on Sunday with two more games at the Patriot Classic. Columbia will get another shot against Army in the day’s first game at 10 a.m. Columbia’s final game of the weekend is against host George Mason at 3 p.m. All of Sunday’s games were pushed back one hour from their original start times.
Game 1 Recap: Army 8 – Columbia 4 (F/8)
Columbia took a 3-1 lead against Army (8-4) to the top of the fifth inning, but the Black Knights scored twice to tie things up and went on to win in extras, 8-4.
Jordan Townsend’s first home run of the season gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the second. Columbia tacked on a run in the third and senior Kerry Cook smacked a two-out RBI triple in the bottom half of the fourth for a 3-1 advantage.
First-year Madison Canby got the start and allowed one run through 3 1-3 innings. She was relieved by Erin Gallo, who got through the fourth, but ran into trouble in the fifth. Trotter led off the frame for Army with a solo homer to make it a one-run game and Ontiveros doubled with two down to tie the game, 3-3.
The Lions had a chance to walk off with the win in the seventh. Krystin Wong led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Gott. However, Columbia’s fourth and fifth hitters in the lineup, Grzybek and junior Taylor Troutt could not drive her home.
Army capitalized with five runs in the top of the eighth. The Lions brought one home in the bottom half on a two-out RBI double by first-year Amanda Nishihira, but could not plate any more runs. The hit was the first of Nishihira’s collegiate career.
Game 2 Recap: Fairfield 9 – Columbia 5
The Lions scored four times in the first inning against Fairfield (1-5), but the Stags scored three in the fifth to retake the lead and tacked on three more in the sixth for 9-5 victory. Columbia came up with a season-high 10 hits in defeat.
The Lions came out on fire in the first with four runs on four hits. Cook led off the game with a single and was doubled home by Gott for the first run. Grzybek kept the line moving with a single and Troutt walked to bring Schipper up with the bases loaded. Schipper, who went 3 for 5 on opening weekend, came through with a two-run single for her third and fourth RBIs of the season. Townsend’s sac fly later in the inning brought home Troutt, putting the Lions on top, 4-1.
Fairfield struck for a run in the third and another in the fourth, closing the margin to 4-3. Columbia starter Tonia Wu lasted until the fifth, allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits. Canby came on for Wu with one out in the fifth and retired the side with Columbia trailing, 6-4.
Gott’s second home run of the season pulled the Lions within a run with one out in the fifth. However, Fairfield tacked on three more in the sixth and got Townsend to pop out with the bases loaded in the seventh to hang on.