WASHINGTON — Senior Madison Gott and sophomore Erin Gallo each helped the Columbia softball team defeat the teams their sisters play for, as the Lions knocked off Virginia in extras, 11-8, and battered Georgetown, 10-4, Saturday afternoon at the District Classic.

Columbia (2-5) rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the seventh against Virginia (6-11) to force extra innings. Gott, whose sister, Olivia, is a junior catcher for the Cavaliers, led off the seventh with a double to get the rally started. The Lions then walked off with the win on sophomore Amanda Nishihira’s three-run homer in the ninth.

The Lions continued their tremendous offensive day in game two, beating up the host Hoyas for 10 runs on 10 hits to earn the doubleheader sweep. Sophomore Erin Gallo, whose sister, Deirdre, is a freshman outfielder for Georgetown, started and went 2 2-3 innings, allowing just two earned runs despite six walks. She got her sister to hit into a fielder’s choice in the second. The Lions backed her up with a six-run second to cruise to victory.

Senior Taylor Troutt had a four-hit day which included a homer, a double, three runs and two RBIs. Gott and first-year Maria Pagane each had three hits, including a two-homer day for Pagane on her way to five RBIs. The Lions finished the sweep with 22 combined hits.

“We were absolutely locked in at the plate,” fourth-year head coach Jennifer Teague stated. “Not only having 22 hits in one day, but working walks, moving runners over and getting timely hits. They just kept grinding it out.

“I saw a lot of fight last weekend against very tough teams, and I thought our girls showed more of the same today. They didn’t give up. We put the leadoff runner on down four runs in our last turn at-bat against Virginia and the entire dugout was filled with energy.”

The Lions continue the District Classic on Sunday, where they will face Iona at 10 a.m. and Howard at 12:30 p.m. Both games can be tracked with live stats. The links are available at GoColumbiaLions.com.

Game-by-game recaps to follow and will be available at GoColumbiaLions.com.


Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Virginia 0 0 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 8 9 1
Columbia 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 3 11 12 5
Madison Canby 7.1 9 8 7 6 7
Erin Gallo (W, 1-1) 1.2 0 0 0 1 2
Hitting Leaders
Taylor Troutt 5 2 4 2 0 1
Amanda Nishihira 4 1 2 3 1 1
Maria Pagane 5 1 1 2 0 1

Columbia earned its first victory of the season in improbable fashion, rallying from four runs down in the seventh before defeating Virginia on Amanda Nishihira’s home run in the ninth, 11-8.

The Lions entered the seventh down three, but UVA added an insurance run in the top half with the help of two Columbia errors. Madison Gott committed one of them, but she redeemed herself with a leadoff double in the bottom half to spark the four-run rally.

Virginia went to the bullpen after the Lions loaded the bases with nobody out. Lacy Smith, who started the game for Virginia and reentered, gave the Lions some help, throwing two run-scoring wild pitches. Catcher Olivia Gott was charged with a passed ball that scored a third run. Taylor Troutt singled home the inning’s only other run as part of a 4-for-5 day at the plate. She came a triple shy of the cycle and recorded her second career four-hit game.

The two sides went to extras. Columbia starter Madison Canby lasted 7 1-3 before getting pulled after walking back-to-back Cavaliers with one out in the eighth. Erin Gallo entered and retired the next two to get out of the inning. The sophomore righty tossed a quiet ninth and went on to earn her first win of the season (1-1). 

Troutt poked a leadoff double to left-center to provide some immediate excitement in the ninth. Junior Alexandra Yule then reached to put runners on the corners for Nishihira, who went the opposite way off a pitch from junior Tabby Dabney and deposited it just over the wall in right, winning the game with her first home run of the season.

Columbia had taken a 2-0 lead with an RBI single from Sommer Grzybek in the first and a solo shot off the bat of Troutt in the second. Virginia responded with a five-spot in the third. The Lions committed three errors in the frame to aid the big inning.

The Lions got two back right away thanks to rookie Maria Pagane. She drilled a pitch off Smith down the line in left for the first of her two-homer day. Sophomore Amber Swinarski scored on the blast after leading off the inning by reaching on an error. Hayley Busby put UVA back up by three with a two-run double in the fourth. She was thrown out to end the inning trying to stretch it into a triple.

Columbia loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but did not score. The game remained quiet until the Lions used some late magic for the walk-off win.


Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Columbia 0 6 1 0 3 0 0 10 10 1
Georgetown 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 1
Erin Gallo 2.2 2 3 2 6 1
Madison Canby (W, 1-2) 4.1 4 1 1 0 3
Hitting Leaders
Maria Pagane 5 2 2 3 0 1
Madison Gott 4 1 2 2 0 0
Bonnie Schipper 4 2 2 0 0 0

A six-run second proved to be more than enough for Columbia to sweep its first day of action at the District Classic, defeating host Georgetown in the back end of Saturday’s doubleheader, 10-4.


Maria Pagane, Madison Gott, Bonnie Schipper and Olivia Parker all had two-hit games at the dish. Pagane cracked a three-run homer to put the game out of reach in the fifth.


Georgetown (3-12) plated an unearned run off an error by starting pitcher Erin Gallo in the first. The Hoya lead was short lived. The first four Lions that came to bat in the second reached base, including Alexandra Yule’s RBI single to give Columbia the lead. Madison Gott then came up with the big hit, driving in two with a triple to right that made it a 5-1 game. The senior later scored on a wild pitch to complete the six-run inning.


The Hoyas got two back in the bottom half, starting the inning off with a double and loading the bases with two down for Arylene Campos. The Georgetown freshman got ahold of a pitch for a two-run double to left-center, slicing the margin to 6-3.


Columbia senior Olivia Parker stretched the lead back to four with an RBI single in the third. Gallo walked two and hit a batter before being taken out after 2 2-3 innings of work. Canby, who started game one, got Theresa Kane to hit into a fielder’s choice to get out of the inning. Canby went the final 4 1-3 innings, allowing just a run on four hits while striking out three to earn her first victory (1-2).


The Lions put together a two-out rally for three insurance runs in the fifth. Parker singled to get it going and Swinarski worked a walk to bring Pagane to the plate. The rookie blasted her third home run of the season to left to increase the lead to 10-3.


Georgetown put two in scoring position in the sixth but Canby was up to the task, punching out Mallory Belknap to escape the jam. A leadoff double helped the Hoyas plate a run in the seventh, but Columbia’s lead was never threatened.