FAIRFAX, Va. — Senior Tonia Wu and first-year Madison Canby combined for a two-hit shutout to lead the Columbia softball team past George Mason, 3-0, Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Patriot Classic. The Lions (2-6) split the day’s games, getting edged by Army West Point, 3-2, in their first game.
Wu (1-2) tossed 9 1-3 shutout innings through Sunday’s two games, striking out five and walking none while allowing only three hits. The senior lefty started against George Mason, allowing only three Patriots to reach base and striking out a pair in 4 1-3 innings to earn the win. Canby got the final eight outs, escaping a one-out jam in the fifth and retiring eight of the nine batters she faced to earn her first save.
Junior Madison Gott impressed at the plate, going 4 for 7 on the day, including a two-out, two-run homer to center to cap Columbia’s three-run third against George Mason. The Weston, Florida, native hit .538 on the weekend, belting two long balls, driving in four and slugging 1.077.
Columbia heads to Florida for 11 games over Spring Break. The trip begins next Saturday and Sunday in DeLand at the Stetson Invitational.
Game 1 Recap: Army 3 – Columbia 2
The Lions rallied from three runs down, but were edged by Army West Point, 3-2, in the front end of Sunday’s doubleheader.
The Black Knights (10-4) scored all three of their runs in the first inning, coming up with five hits off Columbia starter Maura Lynch (1-1). The first four Black Knights all reached base to plate the first two runs of the game. A two-out RBI single by Rashenskas brought the third run across.
Wu entered after Army’s leadoff batter reached in the second and shut down the Black Knight offense the rest of the way. She faced the minimum over five scoreless innings, retiring the first seven batters before allowing a two-out triple to Swafford in the fourth. Wu got out of the inning by getting Ashley Yoo to ground out.
Columbia’s offense put two runners on in the second, third and fifth innings, but could not score. Finally, the Lions broke through in the sixth when sophomore Jordan Townsend scored on a passed ball.
Columbia entered the seventh inning trailing, 3-1, and loaded the bases for junior Taylor Troutt with one out. Troutt hit a flair to second that appeared to be caught, but was ruled to have hit the ground. Wong scored from third, but Army second baseman Ashley Yoo forced out Sommer Gzybek at second for the second out of the inning. Troutt was then called out for abandoning her base during the play, ending the game.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 3 – George Mason 0
Columbia earned its first shutout victory of the season as Tonia Wu and Madison Canby stifled George Mason (1-9) over seven innings, 3-0, in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Wu picked up right where she left off against Army, retiring the first 10 batters of the game and sitting down 17 straight between the two games combined.
Columbia struck for three in the third, which proved to be all the offense it needed. Olivia Parker reached on an infield single and swiped her third bag of the season to get into scoring position. Wong stepped up and singled in Parker to break the scoreless tie.
Gott delivered the big blow, launching a two-run bomb over the fence in center to increase the lead to 3-0. It was her third home run of the season.
The Patriots reached on back-to-back singles to chase Wu with one out in the fifth. Canby came on in relief and retired the side, getting Elias and Luttrell to pop out. She sat down six of the last seven George Mason batters through the sixth and seventh innings for her first save.