|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (W, 9-7)||5.0||6||4||3||4||4|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (W, 2-4)||5.0||4||1||1||0||4|
NEW YORK — Junior Madison Gott broke the Columbia softball program’s career record for home runs and the Lions moved to a perfect 8-0 at home with two five-inning victories over Saint Peter’s, 12-4 and 9-1, Thursday afternoon at the Columbia Softball Stadium.
Gott drove in five runs and scored four as part of a 5-for-7 day at the plate. Her record-setting 19th career home run came in the second inning of game two, breaking a 1-1 tie with a three-run shot well over the fence in center. The junior shortstop went 3 for 3 in the game, including an RBI double as part of a five-run fifth that broke the game open.
“It’s great that I’m doing my job for my team and I could break a record while doing that,” said Gott, whose season batting average climbed to .416. “I think we had a lot of really good at-bats and good pitch selection today. We were patient and hitting the ball hard.”
Columbia (14-18, 5-3 Ivy) pounded Saint Peter’s (2-24, 1-8 MAAC) for 24 hits, including a season-high 14 in game one. The Lions hit .471 on the day, including 4-for-5 games from first-years Sommer Grzybek and Amber Swinarski. Grzybek drove in five runs and tagged her seventh long ball of the campaign, sharing the Ivy League lead with Gott. Swinarski scored six runs, three in each game, and went 3 for 3 at the dish in the day’s first game.
Both of Columbia’s rookie pitchers took complete-game victories. Erin Gallo (2-4) had the more impressive day in game two, allowing just four hits and a run while punching out four. Madison Canby (9-7) also struck out four Peacocks in five innings, surrendering six hits and three earned runs along the way to earn her sixth complete game of the season.
The Lions gear up for a four-game Ivy League series against Cornell (7-18, 1-7 Ivy) over Easter Weekend. All four games at the Columbia Softball Stadium will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network. First pitch for game one on Saturday is 12:30 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 12 – Saint Peter’s 4 (F/5)
Every Lion in the batting order picked up a hit as Columbia’s offense recorded season-highs in runs and hits to defeat Saint Peter’s in five innings, 12-4, in game one of Thursday afternoon’s doubleheader.
First-year Amber Swinarski, junior Madison Gott and first-year Sommer Grzybek combined to go 7 for 9 out of the lineup’s 2-4 spots. Swinarski went 3 for 3 with a game-high three runs scored, while Grzybek picked up three RBIs, including the two-run double that ended the game in the fifth.
The Lions wasted no time putting runs on the board, plating four despite just two hits in the first. A Peacock error at short on a ball hit by sophomore Bonnie Schipper brought across the game’s opening run. After junior Olivia Parker grounded out with the bases loaded to bring in the second, sophomore catcher Alexandra Yule continued her hot hitting with a two-run single to left. Yule entered the day hitting .333 over her last eight games.
Saint Peter’s cut the lead in half with a two-run homer off the bat of starting pitcher Crystal Carlucci (1-7) in the second. The Peacocks got within a run on Shamar Sanchez’s two-out RBI single in the third. Canby settled in and retired the side in order for the first time in the fourth.
Columbia broke the game open with five runs in the home half. Carlucci retired Yule to lead off the inning, but eight straight Lions reached base on six singles. The merry-go-round began with a hit to center by Jordan Townsend and included and RBI single by Gott and an two-run single by Schipper. Swinarski and Grzybek were hit by pitches and credited with the inning’s two other RBIs. Carlucci was pulled in favor of Alyssa Ruiz after Schipper’s hit made it an 9-4 game. Ruiz got Yule to hit into a 5-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Saint Peter’s got one run back in the fifth, but Columbia put the game away with three runs on four hits in its final turn at-bat. Townsend doubled to lead things off and scored two batters later on SPU’s second error of the ball game. Swinarski and Gott singled with one out to load the bases for Grzybek, who went to the opposite-field gap on a 2-1 pitch, driving in two and putting the eight-run mercy rule into effect.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 9 – Saint Peter’s 1 (F/5)
Columbia’s offense did not cool off between games, recording nine runs on 10 hits, while starting pitcher Erin Gallo turned in a gem to win the Lions their eighth straight to start the home season, 9-1, in game two of Thursday’s non-conference twinbill.
Gallo retired 10 of the final 11 batters she faced, including nine straight between the second and fifth innings. The native of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts recorded four of her first nine outs via the strikeout, two coming as part of a 12-pitch third inning. She allowed the one run on a two-out single in the second before slicing her way through the Peacocks lineup the rest of the afternoon.
Columbia gave its rookie pitcher plenty of run support, striking again in the very first inning on a bases-loaded infield single by Parker. After SPU tied the game in the second, Gott came up with two on and two out in the bottom half and deposited her record-breaking 19th career home run out to center. It brought her season total to seven, tied with first-year Sommer Grzybek for the Ivy League lead and three shy of junior Taylor Troutt’s team record of 10 from last season.
A five-run fourth all but put the game away. Junior Maura Lynch and senior Kerry Cook sprayed back-to-back, one-out doubles to get the inning going. Swinarski brought home Cook with her fourth hit of the afternoon before Gott doubled down the left-field line to push the lead to 7-1. Saint Peter’s went the bullpen for Tiffani Lambert, but the first batter she faced was Sommer Grzybek, who blasted the fourth pitch of the at-bat to center for her seventh homer of the season.
Gallo polished off the victory with a nine-pitch fifth, getting Candice Koch to fly out to complete the sweep.