|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (L, 11-9)||3.2||7||4||3||3||1|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (L, 4-6)||1.0||4||6||5||3||0|
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Columbia softball team hit four home runs, all in game one, but dropped in its first two of a four-game series at Princeton, 9-6 and 8-0 (5), Friday afternoon at the Class of 1895 Field.
Columbia (18-22, 7-7 Ivy) fell to five games behind Princeton (20-15, 12-2 Ivy) in the Ivy League South Division standings. The Lions entered the series in second place, three games back, having tied its Ivy League win total from each of the last two seasons.
First-year Sommer Grzybek, junior Taylor Troutt, sophomore Bonnie Schipper and sophomore Krystin Wong provided all the offense in the four-homer game. Grzybek and Troutt led off the the second and third innings, respectively, to put Columbia on top, 2-0, but the Tigers took the lead for good with a four-run fourth. Schipper brought the Lions back within a run with a two-run blast in the sixth, but four more Tiger runs in the bottom half put the game out of reach. Wong made things interesting with a pinch-hit blast in Columbia’s final turn at-bat.
Columbia was limited to just one hit in game two by Princeton starter Erica Nori. The Tigers gave her plenty of run support with six runs through the first two innings and finished the day with 24 hits combined.
The Lions will look to bounce back in the final two games on the series on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Princeton 9 – Columbia 6 (F)
The Lions homered four times, accounting for all six of their runs, but Princeton racked up four runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to pull away with game one of Friday afternoon’s doubleheader, 9-6.
First-year Sommer Grzybek started the home-run parade with a leadoff shot in the second. The no-doubter on a 3-2 delivery from Claire Klausner was Grzybek’s ninth of the season, tying her with Madison Gott for the Ivy League lead. Junior Taylor Troutt followed with another leadoff shot in the third, sending the second pitch of the inning beyond the fence in left center.
Madison Canby used 20-plus pitches to get out of both the first and second innings, but did so without giving up a run. The Lions turned a double play to erase a one-out, bases-loaded threat in the first. Kaylee Grant lined out to Gott, who made the catch and threw back to third, catching Megan Donahey too far off the bag. Princeton got on the board in the third, but a near-identical, inning-ending double play kept the Lions in front.
Princeton took its first lead with a four-run fourth. After Canby retired the first two batters on seven pitches, including a diving catch by Gott, the Tigers put the next two on and tied the game on an RBI single up the middle by Kylee Pierce. Coach Teague went to the bullpen for senior Tonia Wu following the hit, but Allison Harvey greeted her with a three-run home run to center to put the home team on top, 5-2.
Klausner retired seven straight Columbia batters before the Lions launched their third homer to make it a one-run game in the sixth. Grzybek reached base for the third time and sophomore Bonnie Schipper sent a 1-2 pitch with one out to left center for her third long ball of the campaign, cutting the margin to 5-4.
Princeton pushed four more runs across in the bottom half to pull away. Donahey and Pierce singled to start things off and Harvey completed a five-RBI game by sending Wu’s 3-2 pitch to the gap in right-center. The next batter, Marissa Reynolds, homered to right, ending Wu’s day in favor of junior Maura Lynch, who got the final three outs without allowing a run.
Columbia gave the Tigers a scare in the seventh, but ultimately could not come all the way back. After Troutt walked to lead off the inning, Coach Teague went to the bench for pinch-hitter Krystin Wong, who blasted her first home run of the season off the bleachers in left.
Klausner (9-5) went on to record the first two outs of the seventh and earned the win in 6 2-3 innings pitched. The Tigers asked Riley Wilkinson to record the final out, getting Gott to fly out to right.
Game 2 Recap: Princeton 8 – Columbia 0 (F/5)
Princeton carried the momentum from game one into game two, striking for six runs through the first two innings and defeating Columbia, 8-0, in five innings.
Rookie starter Erin Gallo (4-6) was pulled after 42 pitches, surrendering two runs in the first and allowing the first five Princeton batters to reach base in the second. A two-run single by Grant plated the opening runs. Madison Canby entered after a bases-loaded walk made it 4-0 with nobody out in the second.
Canby did well to limit Princeton to just two runs the rest of the inning. She walked the first batter she faced to make it 5-0 before an unearned run came home when Madison Gott fielded a grounder at short but bounced her throw wide of the catcher, Amanda Nishihira. Canby got Keeley Walsh and Kaitlyn Waslawski to ground out to get out of the inning.
Princeton made it a 7-0 game in the third on a one-out, RBI single by Kelsey Smith. The hit scored Danielle Dockx from second, who led off the inning with a double.
Erica Nori stifled Columbia’s bats for just one hit over five innings. Madison Gott picked up the only tally on a two-out single in the first. Nori (8-1) picked up the win, striking out six.
The game came to an end in the fifth. Donahey led off the frame with a bunt single and Harvey sealed it two batters later with a hit that rolled to the wall in right center, scoring Donahey from second.