|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (W, 10-8)||7.0||7||3||2||2||2|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (W, 3-5)||4.2||9||5||4||2||1|
|Madison Canby (S, 3)||2.1||4||1||1||0||2|
NEW YORK — The Columbia softball team got two much-needed Ivy League victories, salvaging a four-game series split with Cornell by earning a pair of victories, 4-3 and 11-6, Sunday afternoon at the Columbia Softball Stadium.
Columbia (16-20, 7-5 Ivy) matched its Ivy League win total from last season (7-13) and moved into sole possession of second place in the South Division standings. Trailing, 3-2, in the fifth inning of game one, sophomore Bonnie Schipper delivered a go-ahead, two-out, two-RBI double to left. The Lions carried the momentum into game two, scoring twice on Cornell (9-20, 3-9 Ivy) in both the first and second innings before taking control with a five-run fourth.
First-year Sommer Grzybek highlighted the offense with a 5-for-7 day at the plate. The centerfielder had two doubles on the day, going 3 for 4 in game one and 2 for 3 in game two with three RBIs. Schipper, sophomore Jordan Townsend, junior Olivia Parker and first-year Amber Swinarski all had three-hit days.
Rookie pitchers Madison Canby (10-8) and Erin Gallo (3-5) took the victories. Canby went the distance in game one, allowing seven hits and just two earned runs while striking out a pair. She picked up the save in back end, relieving Gallo in a 9-5 game with the bases loaded and two down in the fifth. She allowed just one earned run over the final 2 1-3 innings.
Columbia begins an eight-game road trip on Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader at Rider. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 4 – Cornell 3
Madison Canby earned her Ivy League-leading 10th victory of the season with a seven-hit complete game to help the Lions snap a five-game conference slide, 4-3, in game one of Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader.
Canby retired the first nine Big Red batters in order. Columbia gave its starter the lead in the third when sophomore catcher Alex Yule doubled down the third-base line with the bases loaded to drive in a pair. Parker, Swinarski and Grzybek all singled to fill the bags with one out before Yule got ahold of starting pitcher Katie Lew’s 0-1 pitch.
Cornell responded with three runs in its next turn at-bat. Jessica Bigbie and Sarah Murray led off the inning with back-to-back singles to break up Canby’s perfect game. The next batter, Megan Murray, hit a ground ball that second baseman Maura Lynch attempted to throw to second for shortstop Madison Gott covering, but the throw sailed into left field to bring home Bigbie. Madeline Avery later doubled home the go-ahead runs.
Canby worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and the Lions responded by giving their rookie starter the lead in the bottom half. Grzybek doubled with one out and senior Kerry Cook singled with two down to bring Schipper to the dish with runners at the corners. Cornell reliever Lisa Nelson, who came on to start the fourth inning, gave up the lead two pitches later, as Schipper drove one over the head of the left fielder, Bigbie, and off the wall. Grzybek trotted home from third and Cook came all the way around to put Columbia back on top. Nelson (5-4) took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits over the final three innings.
Columbia’s defense helped Canby get out of the sixth. Pinch runner Erin Rockstroh attempted to go first-to-third on a single to right by Rebecca Kubena, but right fielder Olivia Parker came up throwing and gunned Rockstroh down by several steps for the second out. Canby sent Olivia Lam down swinging to escape the jam and worked around a hit-by-pitch in the seventh to finish off her eighth complete game of the season.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 11 – Cornell 6
Columbia put up crooked numbers in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings, including a five-run fourth, and got enough out of its rookie pitchers to sweep the day and earn a four-game series split with Cornell, 11-6.
Columbia grabbed the lead from Cornell in the bottom of the first on a two-run double off the bat of Grzybek. Parker and Gott were both walked by starter Maddie Orcutt (3-7) and Grzybek made her pay, hitting the top of the left-field fence and coming up inches short of a home run.
The Lions added to their lead in the second with two more runs. Schipper and Townsend reached to lead off the inning and were sacrificed into scoring position by Lynch. Two batters later, Swinarski pulled through with a dribbler up the middle, scoring both runners to make it a 4-1 game.
Cornell made it a 4-3 game in the third, but ran itself out of the inning. Kubena doubled to left center with the bases loaded to score two runs. Grzybek chased it down and quickly got the ball into her cutoff, Madison Gott, who made a strong relay throw home that cut down Tori Togashi attempting to score the tying run. Kubena then got hung up between second and third, and was run down to end the inning with the Lions still in front.
Columbia’s big response came in the fourth, scoring five runs on only three hits to blow the game open. Cornell walked three and threw three wild pitches in the inning, resulting in two of the five runs. Grzybek and Cook delivered RBI singles through the middle, while Lynch also picked up an RBI on a ground out to second. Reliever Cora Guenes was charged with all five runs in just an inning and a third after coming on for Orcutt to begin the third.
Columbia starter Erin Gallo took a 9-3 lead into the fifth inning. After the first four Big Red batters reached to score a run and load the bases with nobody out, Columbia turned its second double play of the afternoon to settle things down. Kubena flied out to Grzybek in center, who came up firing toward home to hold Bridgette Rooney at third. The runner on second, Avery, took off toward third thinking Rooney was heading for home, and got caught in no man’s land. Yule took Grzybek’s throw, fired back toward second, and Gott applied the tag to complete the double play.
The Lions weren’t out of the jam yet, as Togashi singled home a run and Gallo hit Ivey Wagner to load the bases for Bigbie, representing the tying run. That’s when head coach Jennifer Teague went to the bullpen for her game-one starter, who got Bigbie to pop up on two pitches to get out of the inning.
Cornell pulled within three by scoring a run in the sixth, but Canby stranded two more in scoring position. The Lions gave themselves some insurance in the bottom half when Jordan Townsend and Maura Lynch smacked back-to-back, RBI doubles to the gaps. The Big Red made it interesting in the seventh, loading the bases on back-to-back, two-out errors at second base. However, Canby sealed the deal by setting Rooney down on three pitches.