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BOCA RATON, Fla. — The final day of the FAU “Strike-Out-Cancer” Tournament pitted the Columbia softball team against 2017 NCAA Regional participant Texas State. The Lions hung tough but were ultimately defeated, 10-3, Sunday morning at the FAU Softball Stadium.
Columbia (0-5) fell behind 7-0 after two innings but fought back for a three-run fourth to stay in the game. The Bobcats (11-4), who defeated Texas in the first game of last year's College Station Regional, were silenced by sophomore pitcher Madison Canby over the next four innings. They tacked on three in the seventh to end up with a seven-run victory.
“We had a choice – pack it in and let the game get away or fight back, and this team chose to fight back,” an encouraged Teague stated. “This is what I’ve seen all weekend. It’s a testament to the maturity of where we are."
Canby entered with one out in the second and her team in a 7-0 hole. The first batter she faced singled, but the All-Ivy honorable mention from 2017 retired the side with no added damage and allowed just three hits over the next four innings. She went the final 5 1-3, striking out three.
Texas State starter Krista Jacobs (3-1) tossed a hitless three innings before Columbia broke through in the fourth. Senior Madison Gott recorded the first hit off Jacobs with one out and sophomore Sommer Grzybek singled to put two on for senior Taylor Troutt. Troutt knocked the third straight single off Jacobs, plating Gott from second to spoil the shutout. First-year Kiana McCaul put the next ball in play to move Grzybek and Troutt into scoring position and junior Jordan Townsend pulled through with a two-RBI single to right, cutting the lead to 7-3.
The three-run inning chased Jacobs from the circle. Columbia threatened in the fifth when first-year Maria Pagane doubled with two down to bring up Gott with two in scoring position. Reliever McKenna Fryar got Columbia’s all-time leading home run hitter down on strikes.
Despite not coming away with a win, Teague was optimistic on how the Lions fared this weekend.
“I think the weekend went well,” she added. “We knew this would be a tough schedule. We’re scoring runs and a lot of people got experience. We have an opportunity to do pretty well next week at Georgetown.”
Columbia heads for the Georgetown District Classic next weekend, where it will take on UMBC, Virginia, Georgetown, Iona and Howard.