|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Madison Canby (W, 11-8)||4.0||2||0||0||0||3|
|Maura Lynch (S, 1)||3.0||3||1||1||0||0|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Erin Gallo (W, 4-5)||4.0||3||2||1||1||4|
NEW YORK — Junior Madison Gott and first-year Sommer Grzybek homered and collected 4 RBIs apiece to lead the Columbia softball team in a two-game sweep of Rider, 6-1 and 12-2 (6), Wednesday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field.
Grzybek went 4 for 8 while Gott went 3 for 8 on the afternoon. Both home runs came in game two, as Grzybek ripped a solo shot the opposite way in the third and Gott blasted a three-run shot to left-center to put the Lions (18-20) up 7-0 in the fourth. Entering the day, Columbia’s power duo ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Ivy League in home runs, and were also among the leaders in RBIs.
It wasn’t just Gott and Grzybek doing the damage. Columbia’s offense tagged Rider (6-29) for 25 hits on the afternoon, including a season-high 16 in game two. Senior Kerry Cook, sophomore Bonnie Schipper, first-year Amber Swinarski and first-year Genny Soltesz all had three-hit days, including three RBIs for Cook.
Columbia’s pitching staff had an impressive day all around, combining to allow just two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out 10 and walking one. First-year starters Madison Canby (11-8) and Erin Gallo (4-5) took the victories, while junior Maura Lynch picked up her first save of the season in game one. Senior Tonia Wu made her first appearance since March 17 in game two, striking out three Broncs batters through the final two innings.
Columbia (7-5 Ivy) prepares for a four-game Ivy League series this weekend at Princeton (10-2 Ivy). The top two teams in the South Division will get the series under way on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 6 – Rider 1 (F)
Madison Canby picked up her Ivy League-leading 11th win of the season and the Lions backed her up with six runs on nine hits to win game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, 6-1.
Canby was dominant over four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three. The rookie retired 10 in a row after Rider began the game with a leadoff single and never allowed a runner beyond first base.
The Lions got two-hit games from sophomore Jordan Townsend and first-years Sommer Grzybek and Amber Swinarski. Grzybek drove in two runs with a first-inning double and scored two more. Swinarski scored also scored twice, while Townsend scored once and drove in Columbia’s final run in the fifth.
Columbia got on the board on back-to-back doubles in the second. Townsend drove a one-out pitch to the gap in left-center and senior Kerry Cook brought her home with a shot over the head of centerfielder Josette Spencer.
The Lions added to their lead with three more in the third. Olivia Parker and Amber Swinarski set the table with a pair of leadoff, infield singles. Two batters later, Sommer Grzybek ended starting pitcher Kaitlyn Kallert’s (0-4) day with a two-run double to right-center. Parker scored easily from second and Swinarski slid around the tag of catcher Kiera Swank. Alexandra Yule brought in the third run of the inning, scoring Grzybek from third on a ground out to short.
Columbia scored two more in the fifth to take complete control. Swinarski led off the inning with a walk and came around to score with the help of a passed ball and wild pitch from reliever Emily Oltman. Grzybek scored the second run of the inning, reaching on an infield single to short, stealing second and coming around on Townsend’s RBI single.
With the Lions leading, 6-0, entering the fifth, Lynch relieved Canby and spread three hits and a run across the final three innings. Rider got on the board in the sixth on a two-out double to left by Gabby Bram. Lynch was credited with her first save of the season.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 12 – Rider 2 (F/6)
Junior Madison Gott drove in four runs, including a three-run home run in the fourth, and Columbia racked up a season-high 16 hits to earn a sweep of Wednesday’s doubleheader in six innings, 12-2.
The Lions scored in each of the first four innings. Gott began her four-RBI game with a single to center that scored Swinarski in the first. Columbia added its second run an inning later when rookie Amanda Nishihira ripped a single off a diving Amanda Crimarco’s glove at short.
Grzybek sent a rocket over the right-field fence for her eighth home run of the season with two down in the third, temporarily tying her with Gott for the Ivy League lead. The Lions continued the two-out rally when sophomore Bonnie Schipper doubled to left and Townsend was hit by a pitch to bring up Cook, who sent a dribbler back up the middle to make it a 4-0 game.
Gott answered her teammate’s call in Columbia’s next turn at-bat. Swinarski and first-year Genny Soltesz set the table with a pair of one-out singles and Gott blasted starting pitcher Elyse Cuttic’s 0-1 pitch well beyond the fence in left-center. Cuttic (2-11) was charged with seven earned runs and taken out after the fourth inning.
Columbia starter Erin Gallo turned in a solid performance to keep the Lions well in front. She retired seven in a row after putting two on with one out in the first and struck out four. Rider’s Ellie Oruska spoiled Gallo’s shutout performance with a two-run home run in the fourth. Senior Tonia Wu came on for the final six outs and had a solid return to the circle, striking out three while allowing just two hits.
Columbia’s offense put all doubt to rest in the sixth. The inning started with Swinarski reaching on a throwing error and Columbia tagged Rider for five runs on six hits to take a commanding 10-run lead. Grzybek, Schipper, Cook and Yule all delivered RBI singles, as the Lions batted around. Townsend also drove in a run on a sac fly to center.