|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Tonia Wu (L, 2-7)||7.0||5||1||1||3||5|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Madison Canby (L, 12-11)||4.2||8||9||7||5||0|
NEW YORK — Columbia celebrated the careers of softball seniors Tonia Wu and Kerry Cook prior to the final two home games of the 2017 season on Friday afternoon at the Columbia Softball Stadium. The Lions were upended by Penn, 1-0 and 11-3 (6).
Wu saved one of her best outings of the season for Senior Day, allowing just one run in a five-hit, complete-game effort. The senior from Carlsbad, California, struck out five, but took the tough-luck loss, as the Lions never broke through the scoring column.
Cook earned a hit and scored a run on her Senior Day. The El Segundo, California, native entered the day top-10 in school history in hits and doubles, adding her 152nd career hit before coming around to score as part of Columbia's three-run third in game two.
The Lions (20-26, 8-10 Ivy) got multi-hit days from junior Madison Gott and sophomore Alexandra Yule. The duo picked up a hit in each game, while Yule reached base in three of her five plate appearances. Gott drove in her Ivy League-leading 40th RBI, adding to her Columbia single-season record.
Columbia and Penn (20-18, 10-8 Ivy) conclude the regular season on Friday with a doubleheader in Philadelphia. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Penn 1 – Columbia 0 (F)
Tonia Wu made her first Ivy League start of the season and delivered a memorable Senior Day performance, but the Columbia offense was limited to two hits and fell in a pitcher's duel, 1-0, in the front end of Friday's doubleheader.
Wu allowed only five hits while striking out five and retiring 10 of the final 12 batters she faced. The Columbia defense backed her up with double plays in the first and fourth innings, including one on an outfield assist by Olivia Parker in left, gunning down Leah Allen trying to advance from second to third on a fly out.
Penn scored the only run of the game in the second. Allen led off the inning with a bunt single and came around to score two pitches later on double down the left-field line by Jurie Joyner. Wu retired the next three batters to get out of the inning with just the one run.
Columbia put its leadoff batter on in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Its best chance to score came in the fourth when first-year Genny Soltesz and junior Madison Gott reached to put two on and nobody out for cleanup hitter Sommer Grzybek. However, the co-leader in home runs in the Ivy League struck out and sophomore Bonnie Schipper followed with a hard line out to left. Penn starter Alexis Sargent (12-9) got Taylor Troutt to ground out to end the inning and went on to toss a two-hit, complete-game to earn the victory.
Columbia put one more runner in scoring position the rest of the way. The heart of the order came up to lead off the sixth, but was retired on seven pitches.
Game 2 Recap: Penn 11 – Columbia 3 (F/6)
Penn batted around to score six runs in the third inning, which proved to be enough to earn a sweep in Friday's doubleheader, 11-3, in six innings.
First-year Madison Canby was tagged for nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits while walking five. She breezed through the first two innings, allowing just one base runner, before the first five batters of the third all reached safely. With Penn up 3-0 and threatening for more, the rookie made a heads-up play on a ball hit back to the circle to get Molly Oretsky caught in a rundown between third and home. Classmate Sommer Grzybek followed with a diving catch in center for the second out, but the Quakers tagged up on the play to make it a four-run lead. The next two batters singled to score the fifth run, bringing up Lainey Dorris, who led off the inning. Dorris hit a ball to short that Gott overthrew to first, plating the sixth run of the inning, but Dorris was thrown out trying to advance to second to finally retire the side.
Columbia answered with its only three runs of the afternoon in the bottom half of the inning. Jordan Townsend and Kerry Cook singled to start things off and were advanced into scoring position on a successful sacrifice by junior Olivia Parker. It brought up Genny Soltesz, who used her speed to beat out an infield single and drive in Townsend. Madison Gott singled to left on an 0-2 pitch to bring home the second run, marking her 40th RBI of the year – tops in the Ivy League.
Starter Courtney Cuzick came out as Penn went to the bullpen for Mason Spichiger, but the Lions kept the merry-go-round in motion. Sommer Grzybek singled to left to load the bases and, with two out, Alexandra Yule cracked a bullet back up the middle to cut the lead in half. Spichiger prevented any further damage by getting Taylor Troutt, representing the tying run, to fly out.
It remained a three-run game until the fifth, when Penn scored three runs on just one hit to begin to put the game back out of reach. All three runs came with two outs and were charged to Canby, who allowed two of the runs on wild pitches. She exited in favor of junior Maura Lynch, who got the final out on a two-pitch ground out.
The Quakers put the mercy rule into effect with a two-run sixth. Leah Allen tripled to left center to plate the first run with nobody out and scored four pitches later on a ground ball hit to short. Gott attempted to cut down Allen trying to score, but her throw was not in time. The Lions turned a 5-4-3 double play to help themselves out of the inning.
Game-one starters Alexis Sargent came on to pitch the sixth and locked away the win, retiring Yule, Troutt and Townsend in order.