|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Tonia Wu (W, 2-2)||2.0||2||1||1||0||2|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Tonia Wu (L, 2-3)||7.2||9||4||3||1||2|
DELAND, Fla.. — Junior Madison Gott went 5 for 7 at the plate, including a go-ahead, two-out, two-run home run in a win over North Dakota State, to lead the Columbia softball team to an opening-day split at the Stetson Westin Invitational. The Lions defeated NDSU, 7-6, and took host Stetson to extra innings in defeat, 4-3.
Columbia (3-7) hit four home runs from four different players. Three of them came in the win over North Dakota State (9-14), as junior Taylor Troutt and first-year Sommer Grzybek tagged solo shots before Gott’s game-winner in the sixth. Sophomore Jordan Townsend launched her second of the year to bring the game against Stetson (19-4) to a 3-3 tie.
Gott’s five-hit day included the homer, a double, two runs and two RBIs. Junior outfielder Olivia Parker went 3 for 5, while Troutt, Grzybek, sophomore Alexandra Yule and sophomore Krystin Wong all earned two hits. Gott, Grzybek, Wong and Townsend all finished the day with two RBIs.
Tonia Wu (2-3) took the decision in both games. She came on to relive rookie starter Madison Canby in the sixth against North Dakota State. The senior lefty started the back end against Stetson and went the full 7 2-3 innings before a sac fly scored the game-winning run. Wu pitched to the tune of a 2.90 ERA on the day, striking out four through 9 2-3.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 7 – NDSU 6 (F)
Taylor Troutt, Sommer Grzybek and Madison Gott all homered, and the Lions came up with the offensive responses they needed to defeat North Dakota State, 7-6, in the front end of Saturday’s doubleheader.
After the Bison took a one-run lead in the sixth, Gott deposited a go-ahead, two-out, two-run shot dead center. Olivia Parker legged out an infield single to lead off the inning, before Gott pulled through with her fourth bomb of the year.
Gott’s shot proved to be the game winner as senior Tonia Wu closed the door in the seventh to pick up the win. Wu relieved rookie starter Madison Canby in the sixth after she lasted 5 innings, striking out four and surrendering five runs. NDSU took a 6-5 lead in the frame when Stavrou homered off Wu.
Gott and sophomore Krystin Wong each went 2 for 4 in the game, driving in two runs apiece. Wong drove a two-out, two-RBI double to left-center as part of a three-run Columbia fourth that gave the Lions their first lead of the game.
Troutt put Columbia on the board in the second with a solo home run, marking her second of the season. Grzybek launched her second homer of the year, both solo shots, to lead off the fifth.
Canby allowed the first two NDSU runs in the second, but was able to manage her way through the day without too much damage. She escaped a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the third by striking out two and working a 17-pitch pop out. In the fifth, she left two Bison in scoring position.
Game 2 Recap: Stetson 4 – Columbia 3 (F/8)
Columbia took one of the Atlantic Sun Conference’s best teams to extra innings, but came up just short, 4-3, in the back end of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Madison Gott continued her torrid start to 2017, going 3 for 3 at the plate with a two-out double in the first. Three pitches later, she was doubled in by Sommer Grzybek, who hit one the opposite way that clipped the right-field line.
Stetson quickly responded when its first batter of the game, Jessie Tenbroeck, homered off Wu. The Hatters pushed the advantage to 3-1 in the third on a two-run homer from Kelsey Waters, which scored Tenbroeck.
Down by two, once again, Columbia was up to the task. Sophomore Bonnie Schipper worked a seven-pitch walk to begin the fourth. Two batters later, Jordan Townsend crushed the first pitch she saw into the palm trees in left-center, tying the game, 3-3. It was Townsend’s second homer of the campaign.
The Lions had a chance to take the lead later in the fourth with two in scoring position with two down, but Wong grounded out to starting pitcher Brooke Hutto to end the threat. Hutto (9-1) threw 126 pitches to earn the complete-game victory.
Wu and Hutto settled in as the two offenses combined for just one hit over the next two full innings. Stetson threatened in the sixth with runners at the corners, but Wu got Maggie Fritts to pop out to retire the side.
Grzybek was placed on second to begin the extra frame, but the Lions could not bring her across. Troutt was able to advance Grzybek to third with the second out. Townsend popped up to end the inning.
Stetson executed in the bottom half to earn the win. Linda Ross got the sac bunt down to advance the placed runner to third. Molly McLaughlin followed with a sharp liner to center that Grzybek made a diving catch on, but it was well deep enough for Talli Sharp to tag up and score with the winning run.