|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (L, 8-6)||3.1||5||7||4||1||2|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Madison Canby (L, 8-7)||0.1||3||5||3||1||0|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Junior Madison Gott highlighted the Columbia softball team’s Saturday doubleheader at Yale with her 18th career home run, drawing even with Maggie Johnson ‘11CC for the program’s all-time record. However, the Lions could not pick up a victory as Yale combined for 19 runs to earn the sweep, 7-2 and 12-2 (5).
Columbia (12-18, 5-3 Ivy) got two-hit days from Gott, junior Olivia Parker and first-year Amber Swinarski. Gott went 2 for 6, driving in Columbia’s only two runs of game one on a fifth-inning, two-out double to left. She added to her day with the record-tying homer in the first inning of game two, sending a 1-1 pitch deep to center that gave the Lions the early advantage. First-year Sommer Grzybek drove in Gott with a double down the right-field line in the third.
Yale (9-21, 4-4 Ivy) did the majority of its damage by scoring five runs in the fourth inning of game one and combining for 11 runs through the first two innings of game two. First-year Madison Canby (8-7) started both ends and was charged with both losses.
The Lions play their next six at home, beginning Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader against St. Peter’s. First pitch from Columbia Softball Stadium is slated for 3 p.m. Ivy League play returns on Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders against Cornell.
Game 1 Recap: Yale 7 – Columbia 2
The Lions were limited to five hits by Yale starter Francesca Casalino, who took the complete game and struck out nine to lead the Bulldogs to victory in the front end of Saturday’s doubleheader, 7-2.
All of Columbia’s scoring came in the fifth inning on a two-out, two-run double by Madison Gott. Casalino had retired the first two batters before senior Kerry Cook got the rally going with a two-bagger over the head of left fielder Shelby Kennedy. First-year Amber Swinarski kept the inning alive with a bloop single that fell between second and short, before Gott stepped up and drove one off the wall in left center. Cook easily scored from third and the speedy Swinarski came all the way around from first, cutting Yale’s lead at the time to 5-2.
Yale played small ball to jump out to a 2-0 lead on rookie pitcher Madison Canby in the first. A leadoff walk advanced to third on a sacrifice and steal, before Casalino singled up the middle to help her own cause with the game’s first run. Madison Sack delivered a sac fly later in the inning to plate the second.
Canby settled in and retired six of seven batters over the second and third innings. Columbia had what appeared to be a leadoff double that landed fair down the left-field line in the third erased when the third-base umpire ruled the ball foul. The Lions put two on in the inning via the walk, but Casalino got Gott swinging to end the threat.
Yale added to its lead in the fourth. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one down and sophomore catcher Alexandra Yule was called for catcher’s interference on a ball hit off the bat of Shelby Kennedy. The ruling brought the runner from third home. Laina Do brought in two more with the next at-bat on a two-run single to left, chasing Canby in favor of first-year Erin Gallo and increasing the lead to 5-0. Gallo got her first batter of the game to pop out, but Allison Skinner plated two more with another single that pushed the margin to seven.
The Lions got two back in the fifth, but could not get any closer. Gallo tossed the final 2 2-3 shutout innings, striking out one.
Game 2 Recap: Yale 12 – Columbia 2
Starting pitcher Madison Canby lasted just 1-3 of an inning and Yale plated 11 runs through its first two at-bats to run away with game two, 12-2, in five innings.
The Lions got off to a great start when Gott bombed an 0-1 pitch off Yale’s game-two starter, Jerpbak, in the top of the first. It was her Columbia record-tying 18th, as well as her sixth of the season, tying teammate Sommer Grzybek.
Yale put five of its first six runners on base in the bottom half and wound up sending 11 to bat. Canby came out after three straight singles gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Erin Gallo entered with the bases loaded and one out, walking one and surrendering two more singles. The rookie punched out two to get out of the inning.
A strange second inning saw the Lions called for batting out of order. After Bonnie Schipper walked and was moved to second on Olivia Parker’s second sacrifice bunt of the day, first-year catcher Amanda Nishihira stepped to the plate and singled to left. Immediately following the single, Yale head coach Jen Goodwin approached the umpires, who determined Nishihira batted out of turn. Sophomore Jordan Townsend should have batted after Parker and, by rule, was called out, sending Schipper back to second.
Nishihira then came back to bat in her proper spot in the order and reached on another strange play. She tried to check her swing but was called for a third strike on a ball in the dirt. Yale catcher Madison Sack reacted by rolling the ball back to the circle on what would have been the third out of the inning, but Nishihira alertly took off for first base since the pitch was not cleanly caught. She arrived at the bag safely to put two on with two out, but junior Maura Lynch flew out to left to retire the side.
Yale pegged the Lions for six more runs in the bottom of the second. The Bulldogs only had three hits in the inning, all singles, but Gallo struck three batters with a hit-by-pitch, pushing the score to 9-0 before Coach Teague went back to the bullpen for Maura Lynch. The junior limited Yale to just two more runs through the final two outs.
Sommer Grzybek got one of the runs back with an RBI double down the right-field line in the third. The RBI was her 18th of the season, two behind Gott for the team lead.
The Lions mustered two more hits the rest of the way, but the game was called after the top of the fifth with Yale leading by 10.