RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Columbia softball team earned its first win of its Spring Break trip to California, scoring seven runs in the first inning to defeat Colgate, 7-1, at the UC Riverside Classic. The Lions opened the day with a loss by the same score to North Dakota State.
Sophomore pitcher Madison Canby (3-3) came two outs away from a shutout in the victory, going the distance while allowing just a run on five hits. She struck out two and did not walk a single Raider.
Offensively, sophomore Sommer Grzybek went a combined 4 for 7 on the day with a run and two RBIs. She drove in Columbia’s only run against North Dakota State (11-7) and started the seven-run first against Colgate (1-12) with an RBI single to right. Senior Olivia Parker went 3 for 4 with a run against the Raiders, while Grzybek, senior Taylor Troutt and junior Bonnie Schipper all came up with multiple hits. Schipper and junior Krystin Wong each drove in a pair.
Columbia (4-9) stays in California for two more games, taking on Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday and Loyola Marymount on Wednesday.
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North Dakota State used a three-run fifth and starter KK Leddy went the distance to help the Bison defeat Columbia, 7-1, in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Leddy (3-1) stuck out eight and allowed just three Columbia hits to earn the complete-game victory. Columbia’s lone run came in the sixth when sophomore Sommer Grzybek cracked an RBI single to score first-year Maria Pagane, who doubled to lead off the inning.
This Bison got on the board first when Vanessa Anderson pulled a two-out single to left that brought home Katie Shoultz from second. Shoultz reached on an infield single earlier in the inning and stole second to get into scoring position. Pagane nearly got the run back for Columbia in the bottom half with a deep shot to left-center, but it stayed in the park and was caught on the run by Shoultz.
NDSU threatened for more in the second, but Pagane made a diving, over-the-shoulder grab to on a ball hit to shallow left to keep the Bison off the board. The rookie shortstop continued to flash the leather when she stretched for a grounder in the hole and threw out Bre Beatty by a half-step in the third. However, NDSU still put together a couple of hits around a walk to increase the lead to 2-0.
Columbia put two on in the second and fourth, but Leddy got out of it both times. She popped up Nishihira to get out of the second and set down Townsend on strikes in the fourth.
Lynch escaped a two-out jam in the fourth, but got tagged for a run before recording an out in the fifth and was relieved by sophomore Madison Canby. The Bison kept the merry-go-round in motion, recording five hits in the inning and bringing two more across before Canby was able to retire the side. Lynch (0-2) took the loss and was charged with four runs on nine hits through four-plus innings.
The Bison put the first two on in the fifth and Coach Teague went to the bullpen a second time for rookie Madeline Meier. The first batter she faced, Maddie Hansen, laced a ball to the wall in right, scoring both runners and increasing the lead to 7-0. Hansen was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
Columbia got on the board in the home half. Pagane doubled over the head of the left fielder and advanced to third on a ground ball from Gott. Grzybek brought her home on a hard-hit ball off the third baseman that dribbled into left field to cut the lead to 7-1.
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Sophomore Madison Canby came two outs away from her first complete-game shutout and Columbia backed her up with seven runs in the first inning on the way to victory over Colgate, 7-1, in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Canby (3-3) was dominant, allowing just four hits through the first six innings before Colgate’s Sabrina Odierno spoiled the shutout with a home run to right. Canby didn’t walk a single Raider and struck out a pair. She retired 11 straight through the middle innings and sat down 17 of the final 19 that came to bat.
Columbia looked like a different team compared to Sunday’s first game. The Lions recorded 12 hits and jumped all over Colgate starter Jessica Hay (0-1) for seven runs in the very first inning. Senior Olivia Parker got it started with a leadoff single. Pagane reached on an error trying to move Parker to second and senior Madison Gott executed another sacrifice to place two in scoring position for Grzybek. The reigning All-Ivy Leaguer hit a laser over the second baseman to plate the first run. Troutt followed with a hard-hit ball to third that popped in and out of a diving Raiders’ glove and scored Pagane.
The big inning was on. Schipper pummeled a 2-0 pitch to the gap in right center to drive in two more. Two batters later, junior Krystin Wong drove in two on a shot to the wall in right. She later scored on a successful double steal to complete the seven-run inning.
The Lions looked like they were going to add to the lead in the second. They got three hits in the inning, but Grzybek was thrown out on a steal attempt and the Raiders pulled a 5-3 double play to escape the inning.
Colgate had chances to cut into the lead in the first few innings, but Canby got herself in and out of trouble to keep the Raiders off the board. The sophomore worked around a leadoff double in the first and stranded two in scoring position with one out in the second.
Canby took control, allowing just one baserunner between the third and sixth innings. She got her first strikeout of the afternoon against Nicole Rounsavill to end the fourth.
Odierno’s home run in the seventh spoiled the shutout, but it did little to affect the final result.