JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville plated five runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Columbia softball team, 7-1, Sunday afternoon. The game was the fifth and final of the weekend for Columbia at the Jacksonville Invitational.
Sophomore Bonnie Schipper and junior Taylor Troutt recorded multi-hit games. The Lions (5-12) posted eight hits in the game, all singles, and left 10 runners on base.
Jacksonville (20-11) did its damage in the fourth, scoring five times on two home runs. Kristen Griffith sent the first pitch of the inning over the fence and Heather Roberts followed with a two-out grand slam to center.
Rookie starter Madison Canby (2-4) pitched solidly through three innings, but was charged with all five earned runs on five hits in the fourth. She struck out three and allowed seven hits and two walks.
Madison Ragan (4-3) earned the complete-game victory in the circle for JU. The Lions tagged her for eight hits and put two more on base via the walk, but could only manage one run.
Columbia scored the game’s opening run when junior Madison Gott drove in first-year Amber Swinarski in the third. Swinarski singled to lead off the inning and was successfully sacrificed into scoring position by senior Kerry Cook. After Swinarski advanced to third on a wild pitch, Gott grounded out to second to bring the run across.
Jacksonville answered with an unearned run in the third. Allie McCourt reached on a fielding error to put two on with one out. After a double steal advanced the runners into scoring position, Danielle Baker hit a sac fly to right that tied the game. The Dolphins threatened for more, but Canby struck out Jordan Daniels with the bases loaded to limit the damage.
JU got five hits as part of the five-run fourth. Canby froze Makenzie Buss following Griffith’s leadoff homer, but the next three Dolphins singled to load the bases. Danielle Baker popped up to get the Lions one out away from retiring the side, but Roberts’ sixth homer of the season cleared the bases and made it a 6-1 game.
Columbia had a chance to cut into the lead in the fifth. With Cook on first, first-year Sommer Grzybek hit ground ball to the right side of the second base bag. Buss fielded the grounder and trotted to second to force out Cook, but she missed the base and Cook was ruled safe. Schipper picked up her second single of the day to load the bases with one out for Amanda Nishihira, but the rookie grounded out to end the inning.
Rookie Erin Gallo pitched the final two innings for Columbia, striking out two and allowing one run on one hit. She surrendered back-to-back walks in the sixth that helped JU plate its seventh run.
The Lions left two on base in the sixth and Jacksonville turned a double play in the seventh to end the game.
The Lions fly back to New York for their first two home games next Friday, hosting Monmouth for a doubleheader. First pitch from the Columbia Softball Stadium is at 1 p.m.