|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (L, 7-5)||6.0||10||4||4||0||2|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (L, 1-3)||6.0||3||2||2||2||2|
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Columbia softball team dropped a doubleheader at Fairfield by scores of 4-2 and 2-1 on Wednesday. The losses snapped the Lions’ season-long, six-game winning streak.
Columbia (11-15, 4-0 Ivy) fell behind in the first inning of both games. Fairfield (12-17, 3-1 MAAC) scored two in the first inning of game one and one run in each of the first two innings of game two.
The Lions make their first road trip of the Ivy League season this weekend, traveling to Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday. First pitch for Friday’s doubleheader against the Bears is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Fairfield 4 – Columbia 2
Fairfield scored two runs in the first and never trailed, spreading four runs across 10 hits to end Columbia’s six-game winning streak, 4-2, in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
Ivy League Pitcher of the Week Madison Canby was tagged for eight hits and three runs through the first three innings. She settled in and retired nine of the final 11 Stags through her final three innings of work to post her fourth consecutive complete game.
Columbia scored two runs in the middle innings on a home run by Sommer Grzybek and an RBI single by Kerry Cook. Each went 2 for 4 in the game, but the Lions were hurt by leaving nine on base, including a runner 60 feet away in the first, fourth and fifth innings.
The Lions had a chance to put the first runs of the day on the board in the first, but were turned away. Kerry Cook and Amber Swinarski reached and were successfully sacrificed into scoring position by Madison Gott with the first out. Sommer Grzybek hit a fly ball to right that wasn’t quite deep enough to score Cook, but Bonnie Schipper followed with a walk to loaded the bases. It brought up Taylor Troutt, who smacked a liner to second that was snagged by Alisha Marshall to end the threat.
Fairfield took advantage in the bottom half by getting to Canby for two runs on back-to-back, two-out singles by Gianna Kinhofer and Makenna DiGuilio. A great relay throw by Troutt gunned down the third run of the inning at the plate.
Columbia got on the board in the third when Grzybek tagged Fairfield starter Danielle Tringali (1-2) with a home run to left. The blast was her Ivy League-leading sixth of the year.
Kinhofer quickly got it back with her second run-scoring hit of the day. This one came in the form of an RBI double to center, plating Courtney Hankins all the way from first and making it a 3-1 game.
The Lions manufactured a run in the fourth to bring it back to a one-run game. Catcher Alexandra Yule singled with one down and was sacrificed to second by sophomore Reilly Metzger. The lone senior on offense, Cook, pulled through with an RBI single to right, plating the speedy pinch-runner Genny Soltesz. Columbia threatened for more following a Swinarski single that put runners at the corners, but Gott went down swinging to keep the Stags in front.
After allowing eight hits and three runs through the first three innings, Canby retired the side in order in the fourth. However, Fairfield picked up two more hits in the fifth, its 10th of the game coming on an RBI single by Courtney Hankins to increase the home lead to 4-2.
Madison Roberts relieved Tringali in the fifth and held the Lions hitless through the final three innings to pick up the save. Columbia sent up the heart of the order in the seventh, but Gott, Grzybek and Schipper all lined out.
Game 2 Recap: Fairfield 2 – Columbia 1
Rookie Erin Gallo allowed just three hits and two runs across six innings, but the Columbia bats were held dormant as Fairfield picked up the sweep by winning game two, 2-1.
Just as they did in game one, the Stags scored in the first to take the upper hand. Leadoff hitter Amanda Ulzheimer reached, stole second and was brought home with the first out of the game on a sac fly by Alisha Marshall. Fairfield tacked on a run in the second on a bases-loaded ground out Rachel Sieber. Gallo was able to strand two in scoring position.
Fairfield starter Karisa Hughen retired the first seven Lions to bat before first-year Amanda Nishihira broke through with a double in the third. The Lions put two in scoring position with two down, but sophomore Krystin Wong struck out swinging to end the inning. Hughen (5-0) picked up the win, allowing a hit and striking out two through four innings.
Gallo (1-3) held Fairfield at bay, retiring eight straight and allowing just two hits the rest of the way to earn the six-inning complete game. The Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, native allowed just three hits, two walks and two runs while striking out a pair.
Columbia rallied behind Gallo and broke through on another Grzybek RBI in the sixth. Cook got the inning going with her third hit of the afternoon and advanced to second Ulzheimer misplayed the ball in right. After the next two Lions went down, Grzybek came up and doubled to center to make it a 2-1 game.
Columbia got the tying run on base in the seventh when Maura Lynch worked a one-out walk, but Nishihira struck out and first-year Genny Soltesz grounded into a fielder’s choice to end Columbia’s hopes. Destinee Pallotto picked up the save after working the final three innings.