NEW YORK -- A season-high tying four home runs, an eight-run second inning and a two-hit shutout performance by pitcher Erin Gallo proved to be the difference as Columbia softball defeated Saint Peter’s 14-0 Thursday at Columbia University Softball Stadium. The win marked Columbia’s second shutout victory of the 2018 season.


Madison Gott, Alexandra Yule, Bonnie Schipper and Taylor Troutt each hit home runs for the Lions, who finished with a season-high tying 12 hits and six extra base hits in the game. Troutt, Yule, Max Ortega and Olivia Pagane each finished with two hits apiece as the Lions finished with a season-high 14 runs.


On the mound, Gallo struck out five batters and allowed just two hits and two walks in 4.0 innings of work. She improved to 4-4 on the year. First-year Madeline Meier came on for the final inning.


Columbia put the game out of reach with an eight-run second inning. After Sommer Grzybek walked, Trout singled and Yule walked, Ortega cleared the bases and drove in three runs when she lined a triple to right field. The hit proved to be the game-winner. Following two more walks, Parker’s ground out to first base drove in another run and Pagane’s RBI single gave Columbia a 5-0 lead. Gott followed with a three-run home run and Columbia led 8-0.


Columbia went up 12-0 in the fourth inning after a solo home run hit by Yule and two-run homer by Schipper. Pagane scored the fourth run after Gott stole second base.


The Lions added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff home run by Troutt and a sacrifice fly by Amber Swinarski.


Columbia (12-14) is back in action this weekend when it hosts Harvard for a three-game series. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. As of the timing of this release, the final game of the three-game series is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m.




Friday, April 6, 2018

Game One: Harvard at Columbia, 1 p.m.

Game Two: Harvard at Columbia, approximately 3:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Game Three: Harvard at Columbia, 12:30 p.m.