|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (W, 8-5)||7.0||8||3||2||4||1|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (L, 1-4)||3.0||5||4||4||1||2|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Columbia softball team posted its first 5-0 Ivy League start in program history on Friday, splitting a doubleheader at Brown by winning game one, 6-3, and falling in game two, 11-4.
Columbia (12-16, 5-1 Ivy) entered the day with a 4-0 league mark for the first time since 2014. The Lions bested that year’s squad by moving to 5-0 for the first time with game one’s victory. Despite the loss in Friday’s second game, the Lions maintain the program’s best start at 5-1.
“Every game is a learning experience and we’ve just got to make sure we continue to learn,” said third-year head coach Jennifer Teague. “We’re hitting well and I like our offense, but our defense was shaky today. When our pitching begins to struggle, we have to make sure we are able to back them up.”
Junior Madison Gott went 5 for 7 at the dish, including 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in the front end. She drove in a run with her first at-bat of the day to give Columbia the early lead in game one’s victory. The Weston, Florida, native added an RBI single in the third inning of game two that gave the Lions a 2-0 advantage.
“Madison Gott had a great day,” added Teague. “She had good rhythm and presence at the plate and rebounded well from Wednesday’s games at Fairfield.”
Madison Canby (8-5) started her Ivy League career 5-0 by tossing a complete-game, eight-hitter in the day’s first game. She worked her way in and out of trouble the entire way, stranding 11 Bears on base and surrendering just two earned runs.
The Lions gave their rookie pitcher plenty of run support, striking for four runs before Canby even took the circle. Sophomore Bonnie Schipper added two insurance runs on a two-out double in the seventh. Brown (9-18, 1-4 Ivy) loaded the bases and brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom half, but Canby got Julia Schoenewald to pop out to end the ball game.
Brown used a five-run fourth to hand Columbia its first Ivy League defeat in game two. Rookie starter Erin Gallo (1-4) was charged with four runs through three-plus innings and Canby was charged for six through two-plus. Junior Maura Lynch hit her first home run of the year to cut the margin to 7-4 in the fifth, but Brown tacked on two in the fifth and two in the sixth to pull away.
The Lions wrap up their first road weekend of the Ivy League season on Saturday with a doubleheader at Yale. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m., with both games available on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 6 – Brown 3
Columbia put up four runs in the very first inning, which was enough to last rookie starter Madison Canby and earn the Lions their first 5-0 Ivy League start, 6-3, in the front end of Friday’s doubleheader against Brown.
Five different Lions found the hit column, led by Gott’s 3-for-4 showing. She sent a 3-2 pitch back up the middle to open the scoring with nobody out in the first and later came around when third baseman Cat Seitz committed a fielding error on a ball hit by junior Olivia Parker. The Bears paid for the blunder even further a batter later, as catcher Alexandra Yule doubled to right, driving in two more to complete the four-run inning.
Canby retired the first four Bears to bat before two in a row reached with one out in the second. Both advanced into scoring position with two down, but the rookie got Schoenewald to fly out to end the threat.
Brown scored all three of its runs in the third. Two errors brought in the first run before Christina Andrews hit a two-run homer to left, slicing the Lion lead to 4-3.
Neither side scored through the next three innings. Brown left two on in the fourth and sixth, including the tying run 60 feet away in the sixth. Columbia had a great chance to score in the fifth when Gott doubled and first-year Sommer Grzybek singled to put two in scoring position with one out, but Brown starter Katie Orona escaped the jam by getting Schipper to pop out and Parker to ground out. Orona earned the complete game, allowing eight hits, six runs, three earned, and two walks across the full seven.
Columbia put up much-needed insurance in the seventh. After Orona recorded the first two outs, Gott started the rally with her second double of the game, this time sending one to the gap in right center. Orona walked Grzybek on four pitches to bring up Schipper, who tallied her eighth and ninth RBIs of the year with a double down the line in left.
The insurance runs proved to be very valuable as Canby walked two in the bottom of the seventh and Brown loaded the bases on a Metzger single with two down. It put the tying run on base and brought the winning run to the plate in Schoenewald. She swung at the first pitch and popped it up to Maura Lynch, who squeezed Columbia’s first 5-0 Ivy League start.
Game 2 Recap: Brown 11 – Columbia 4
Brown put up crooked numbers in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, including a five-spot in the fourth, to hand the Lions their first Ivy League loss, 11-4, in the back end of Friday’s doubleheader.
Madison Gott, Olivia Parker and Jordan Townsend all went 2 for 3 at the plate. Each of Townsend’s hits were doubles, her first two of the season, including one on a nine-pitch at-bat to lead off a two-run Lion third. She came around to score Columbia’s first run on a Brown fielding error before Gott singled home first-year Amber Swinarski to make it a 2-0 game.
Erin Gallo got the start and breezed through the first 2 2-3 innings. After striking out the first two Bears in the third, the rookie surrendered a single to Venegas and a first-pitch home run to Andrews, tying the game, 2-2.
Columbia retook the lead in the fourth, 3-2, on Townsend’s second double. Parker and Yule reached on back-to-back singles with one down before Townsend sent the first pitch of the at-bat from Meghan Wimmer to the gap in right center. However, the Lions were limited to just the one run as Townsend and pinch-runner Genny Soltesz were tagged out on a double-steal attempt.
Brown responded with five in the bottom half. Raquel Blanchard led off the inning with a home run and Coach Teague went to the bullpen for Madison Canby after Gallo hit the next batter with the first pitch. Canby couldn’t find her game-one rhythm, surrendering three hits, a walk and two wild pitches that brought four more runs across. The inning finally came to a close with Brown in front, 7-3.
Maura Lynch provided a spark by launching her first home run of the season to lead off the fifth, but it would be the last run the Lions scored in the game. Brown tacked on two in the bottom half and two more in the sixth to increase its lead to seven runs.