PRINCETON, N.J. — Columbia first-year Sommer Grzybek was selected Ivy League Softball Rookie of the Week for a third time this season. The conference office announced its weekly award winners on Monday.
Grzybek hit an impressive .579 (11 for 19) with a .667 on-base percentage and .947 slugging percentage to lead the Lions to a 4-2 week. The rookie centerfielder’s week included her seventh home run of the campaign, four doubles, four runs scored and nine RBIs. She also showed off her defensive skills, coming up with a diving catch and helping turn a pair of double plays from the outfield in Sunday’s wins over Cornell.
Grzybek began the week with a 4-for-5 day in Thursday’s non-conference sweep of Saint Peter’s, driving in five runs and scoring two more to help the Lions win both games in five innings. Her two-run double in the fifth inning of game one clinched the 12-4 victory, while her home run in game two put Columbia up by the eventual 9-1 final in the fourth.
A native of Cooper City, Florida, Grzybek helped Columbia bounce back from a pair of Saturday defeats against Cornell with a 5-for-7 showing on Sunday. She had two doubles on the day, going 3 for 4 in game one and 2 for 3 with three RBIs in game two, including a first-inning, two-run double that came inches from clearing the left-field fence.
Grzybek is hitting .358 on the season with a .670 slugging percentage, which ranks third in the Ancient Eight. Her seven home runs and 27 RBIs are both one behind junior teammate Madison Gott for the Ivy League lead.
The weekly award is Grzybek’s fourth of the season overall. She has been named Rookie of the Week three times and also claimed Ivy League Player of the Week honors on March 20.
Gott, sophomore Jordan Townsend and rookie pitcher Madison Canby were selected to the weekly honor roll. Gott hit .500 (10 for 20) with eight runs, eight RBIs and two home runs, breaking the Columbia softball program’s career record with her 19th on Thursday. Townsend also hit .500 (6 for 12) with a .625 on-base percentage, three doubles, four runs and two RBIs. Canby posted a 2-1 record in the circle, tossing three complete games with a 3.00 ERA across 23 1-3 innings pitched. The rookie also picked up her third save in Sunday’s game-two victory over the Big Red.
Columbia (16-20, 7-5 Ivy) returns to action on Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader at Rider. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. The Lions travel to Princeton (10-2 Ivy) this weekend for four-game series between the Ivy League South Division’s top two teams.