|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (W, 3-4)||6.0||4||1||1||3||5|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (W, 1-2)||4.1||4||1||1||2||3|
|Madison Canby (S, 2)||2.2||2||0||0||1||2|
NEW YORK — Senior Kerry Cook went 4 for 7 with four RBIs while rookie pitchers Madison Canby and Erin Gallo limited Monmouth to just one run each, as the Columbia softball team opened the home schedule by taking both ends of a doubleheader, 9-1 (6) and 5-1, Friday afternoon at the Columbia Softball Stadium.
The sweep improves Columbia to 7-13, including 4-2 over its last six. Meanwhile, Monmouth fell to 6-16 and has now lost four straight.
Cook hit three doubles on the day, including two as part of a 3-for-3 showing in game two. The senior from El Segundo, California, had a two-run double to cap Columbia’s five-run fourth in game one. She drove in two more in the second inning of game two with a two-base hit to right center.
Canby (3-4) went the distance in the front end, punching out a season-high five in six innings and allowing just four hits and one earned run. The rookie out of Pembroke Pines, Florida, used 109 pitches to deliver her first complete game. Meanwhile, Gallo (1-2) earned her first collegiate win in the back end, tossing 4 1-3 innings of one-run ball and striking out three. Canby shut the door over the final 2 2-3, adding two more strikeouts to her total and picking up her second save. She totaled 8 2-3 innings on the day to the tune of a 0.81 ERA.
Junior Madison Gott, junior Olivia Parker and first-year Amber Swinarski had multi-hit days. Parker scored four runs while Swinarski scored three and drove in two more. Gott launched her fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast to left center, to put the Lions up by the eventual final in the fifth inning of game two.
Columbia opens the Ivy League season with doubleheaders against Dartmouth and Harvard next Friday and Saturday. The Big Green visit the Big Apple on Friday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 9 – Monmouth 1 (F/6)
Madison Canby went six strong innings and Columbia put up five runs in the fourth on its way to a six-inning victory, 9-1, in the front end of Friday’s doubleheader.
Canby allowed just one hit through the first four innings and worked her way out of a jam in the third. Monmouth put two in scoring position with two down, but Canby got Justene Reyes swinging to end the threat. The rookie struck out two in the inning.
The Lions got on the board in the first when Amber Swinarski scored on a wild pitch. Swinarski led off the inning with a single and stole second before advancing the final two bases on two wild pitches.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the third when Madison Gott hit a two-out, run-scoring double off the top of the fence in left center. Olivia Parker came around to score after working a walk to lead off the inning.
With Canby in control, the Lions all but put the game away by scoring five times in the fourth. Sophomore Jordan Townsend earned the first of four hits in the inning, scoring classmate Bonnie Schipper who walked and advanced to second on an errand pickoff attempt. Taylor Troutt walked and Parker singled to load the bases for Swinarski, who delivered with a shot back up the middle to plate two. Cook followed with the first of her two-run doubles, driving a ball down the right field line to score Swinarski and Parker, which gave the Lions a commanding, 7-0, cushion.
Monmouth got its only run of the game in the sixth on a leadoff home run by Alex Holzman. Columbia clinched the victory with two runs in the bottom half, going up by eight on Sommer Grzybek’s two-out RBI single.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 5 – Monmouth 1 (F)
Just as it did in game one, Columbia took the early lead and never looked back, earning its first doubleheader sweep of the season with a, 5-1, victory in the back end.
First-year Erin Gallo got the start and worked into the fifth inning while allowing just a single run. She managed her way through a two-out double in the first and got a big play from her defense to hold Monmouth off the scoreboard in the second. The Hawks had runners on second and third with one out when Deangie Jimenez grounded to Gott at short. Gott looked Kayla Rosado back at third before firing to first, but Rosado took off with the throw anyway. Cook caught Gott’s throw at first and delivered a strike to Alexandra Yule behind the plate, who tagged out a sliding Rosado to end the inning.
After plating an unearned run in the first, Columbia pushed across two earned runs on Monmouth starter Sydney Underhill in the second. Again, it was Cook who did the damage, doubling home Parker and Troutt with two down on a shot to right center.
Holzman’s second home run of the day cut Columbia’s lead to 3-1 in the fourth. Gallo was relieved with two on and one out in the fifth by game one starter, Madison Canby, who picked up right where she left off. Canby got out of the inning by striking out Morgan Balderas and throwing out Reyes on a weak ground ball.
The Lions padded the lead in the fifth. Cook used the left field line to record her third double of the day to get things started. Gott then stepped up and drove a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left center for her team-leading fifth home run of the campaign. She is one away from tying Maggie Johnson (2008-11) for Columbia’s career record of 18.
Canby maintained Columbia’s four-run lead to lock down her second save. Monmouth threatened with back-to-back one-out singles in the sixth, but the rookie set down Amber Wozniak looking and got Jimenez to fly out to right to retire the side. Reyes flied out to shallow center in the seventh to end the ball game.