|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (L, 11-10)||6.1||12||6||3||1||2|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Maura Lynch (W, 2-2)||5.0||5||3||2||2||2|
PRINCETON, N.J. — Junior Madison Gott drove in six runs, including four in game two, as the Columbia softball team salvaged the final game of a four-game series at Princeton, 9-4, on a rainy Saturday afternoon on the Tiger campus. Princeton won the day’s first game, 6-5, to take the series, 3-1.
Gott went 3 for 8 on the day to become Columbia’s new single-season RBI leader and tie the program’s career mark. The junior leads the Ivy League with 38 runs driven in, surpassing the previous school record of 36 set by teammate Taylor Troutt a season ago. The Weston, Florida, native upped her career RBI count to 82, leveling with Dani Pineda (2006-10) and Maggie Johnson (2007-11) for Columbia’s all-time record.
Columbia (19-23, 8-8 Ivy) added to the day by tying the team’s single-season home run record. Sophomores Alexandra Yule and Jordan Townsend both went deep in game one, raising the team total to 33 with six games still remaining. Yule’s home run was her first of the season, breaking up Princeton’s no-hit bid and giving Columbia the lead in the sixth.
Princeton (21-16, 13-3 Ivy) rallied from three runs down in the bottom of the seventh to win Saturday’s first game. Columbia responded by going for nine runs on 15 hits in game two. Gott, sophomore Bonnie Schipper and sophomore Jordan Townsend all had three-hit days. The Lions got a solid pitching performance out of the bullpen from junior Maura Lynch (2-2), who went the final five innings on her way to victory.
Columbia returns to action with its final non-conference games of the season on Wednesday, playing a doubleheader at Manhattan. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. Senior Day at the Columbia Softball Stadium is set for Friday at 2 p.m. against Penn.
Game 1 Recap: Princeton 6 – Columbia 5
Starting pitchers Madison Canby and Claire Klausner were lights out through five innings before Columbia and Princeton combined for 11 runs through the final two frames, including a four-run seventh for Princeton to walk off in game one, 6-5.
Columbia broke the scoreless tie and Klausner’s no-hit bid when Alexandra Yule blasted the third pitch of the sixth inning to left. Outfielder Megan Donahey took a few steps toward the fence in left center, but Yule’s first homer of the year left little to doubt.
The Lions added to the lead with two more in the inning on RBI singles by Madison Gott and Bonnie Schipper. Gott stepped up with two on and one out, driving in Kerry Cook, who reached on a fielding error following the Yule homer. Klausner then loaded the bases by walking Sommer Grzybek and was relieved by Riley Wilkinson, who gave up the RBI single to Schipper to put Columbia on top, 3-0.
Princeton answered with two unearned runs in the bottom half. A two-out error at short extended the inning, putting two on for Alex Viscusi, who doubled down the left-field line on a 3-2 pitch to make it a one-run game. Canby kept the Lions in front by striking out Marissa Reynolds with her 100th pitch of the game.
Columbia scored two insurance runs in the seventh to increase the lead to 5-2. Jordan Townsend led things off by sending the first pitch of the inning for her fourth home run of the season, crushing it well beyond the fence in left-center. Three of the next four Lions reached to load the bases for Gott, who just missed a grand slam on a ball hit deep to left. Donahey caught in just in front of the fence, but it was more than far enough to score pinch-runner Olivia Parker from third.
The Lions went to the bottom of the seventh with a three-run lead, but Princeton rallied for four runs to steal the victory. Canby retired the first batter on a comebacker, but the next five Tigers all reached base to tie the game. Harvey and Reynolds smacked back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 5-4. Two batters later, Keeley Walsh singled home Reynolds to tie it up.
Junior Maura Lynch entered for Canby following the single and quickly got the second out of the inning on two pitches. However, the next batter, Viscusi, singled to left to bring home the winning run.
Canby (11-10) allowed six hits and stranded seven runners through a scoreless opening five innings. Three of the six runs she allowed across the final inning and a third were unearned. The rookie tossed 119 pitches, striking out a pair, and earned five fielding assists on balls hit back to the circle.
Wilkerson (2-3) earned the win, despite allowing two earned runs over the final inning and a third. Klausner took a no decision and allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits and three walks after entering the sixth with a no-hitter.
The game was delayed due to rain for an hour and two minutes in the bottom of third.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 9 – Princeton 4
Columbia salvaged the final game of the weekend by exploding for nine runs on 15 hits, defeating Princeton, 9-1, in a game that ended near dusk Saturday evening.
Madison Gott went 2 for 5 at the dish and drove in four runs. The Lions also got multi-hit games from Sommer Grzybek, Bonnie Schipper, Taylor Troutt, Jordan Townsend and Kerry Cook, along with two RBIs by the senior. Every spot in the batting order picked up at least one hit.
Maura Lynch turned in an excellent pitching performance out of the bullpen to earn the victory. The junior came on after the Tigers put the first two runners on in the third and shut them out over her first four innings of work, allowing just two hits and two walks. Princeton put up a few runs with two away and the help of some fielding errors in the seventh, but the River Forest, Illinois, native earned the victory, striking out two in five full innings.
Columbia took the first lead of the game courtesy of a four-run third. The first four Lions all reached and Gott came up with the bases loaded and one out. The junior shortstop drove everyone home on a three-run double that smacked the left-centerfield wall on the fly. Princeton pulled starting pitcher Erica Nori two batters later when Bonnie Schipper singled, putting runners at the corners for Taylor Troutt, who greeted Riley Wilkerson with a first-pitch, RBI single.
Starting pitcher Erin Gallo put up two zeros in the first two innings. She stranded the bases loaded in the first and worked past a leadoff double in the second with the help of a play at the plate. With a runner at third, Princeton’s Alex Viscusi placed down a bunt that Yule scooped up right on top of home plate. Kaitlyn Waslawski broke home, but Yule was there to block the plate and tag out the sliding runner.
Maura Lynch made her second appearance of the day after Gallo walked the first two Tigers in the third. The junior made a great play to record the second out of the inning, snagging a comebacker destined for center and getting the lead runner at third. The Tigers got on the board with a two-out single, but Lynch did well to limit the damage.
Columbia backed up Lynch with three more runs across the next two innings. Gott picked up her fourth RBI of the game on a single to left in the fourth. Sommer Grzybek made it a two-run inning by beating out a ball hit to the hole at short, scoring Olivia Parker from third. Kerry Cook made it a 7-1 game on an RBI ground out in the fifth. Harvey tried to come home on Cook’s ball hit to short, but Troutt slid in under the tag.
Lynch went on to retire eight of nine batters between the third and sixth innings. Princeton threatened by loading the bases with two down in the sixth, but a great over-the-shoulder catch by Troutt while running into shallow right put an end to the inning.
Columbia cemented the victory with two more runs in the seventh. Townsend and Nishihira singled to lead things off and Cook followed by sending an 0-2 pitch to center. Townsend scored easily from second. Nishihira then came around when the catcher, Keeley Walsh, attempted a throw to second that sailed into center, increasing the Columbia advantage to 9-1.
Princeton scored three runs in its last turn at-bat with the help of two Columbia errors, but the Lions were able to hold on to get back to .500 in the Ivy League.