NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team (10-12, 4-2 Ivy) travels to Dartmouth (8-12, 2-1 Ivy) in an early battle for first place in the Ivy League this weekend. The three-game series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s series finale also starts at 12:30 p.m.
All three games will be available on the Ivy League Network. Live stats will be accessible courtesy of DartmouthSports.com. Fans can also follow @CULionsSoftball on Twitter for periodic in-game updates.
- Senior Madison Gott is hitting .517 through her current seven-game hitting streak with three homers, six doubles, 10 runs scored and nine RBIs. Gott leads the Ivy League in doubles (12) and total bases (52), while ranking second in home runs (4), hits (29), runs (17), RBIs (19) and slugging (.722).
- Senior Taylor Troutt has hit safely in 18 of the 22 games this season and leads Columbia in batting average (.394) and on-base percentage (.467). She has reached base in 10 consecutive games.
- First-year Max Ortega has reached base in 11 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team. She is hitting .310 on the season.
- First-year Maria Pagane leads the Ivy League in home runs (5), and is among the top-five in runs (16) and total bases (39).
Dartmouth (8-12, 2-1 Ivy) began its Ivy League season by taking two of three at Penn last weekend. They split Saturday’s doubleheader, falling 8-0 in game one before responding with a 4-2 victory in game two. Senior Breanna Ethridge tossed a complete game in the victory, and went on to earn her first save of the season with a scoreless final two innings in Sunday’s rubber game. Junior Taylor Ward hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the top of the sixth to lift the Big Green to victory, 3-1. Ethridge (1-5) leads the pitching staff with a 2.92 ERA. She has struck out 47 in 52 2-3 innings with four complete games. First-year Heather Turner (4-1) is the only Dartmouth pitcher with a winning record despite holding the highest ERA (4.48). Sophomore Micah Schroder leads the offense with a .333 batting average, 21 hits, five doubles, three homers, 13 RBIs, 35 total bases, a .373 OBP and .556 slugging percentage. She is the only member of the team hitting above .300. Ward is hitting .224 with three homers and nine RBIs.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series, 25-15, but Columbia swept the Big Green last season in the Ivy League openers in New York, 4-3 and 6-5 (9). Sommer Grzybek had the walk-off hit in each game, including a ninth-inning home run in game two. The Lions scored all four of their game-one runs in the final two innings. They scored three in the bottom of the sixth of game two to tie the game 5-5 before walking it off on Grzybek’s home run in the ninth. The wins snapped Dartmouth’s six-game series winning streak.
IVY LEAGUE STANDINGS
Columbia has started 4-2 in Ivy League play and is tied for first in winning percentage with Cornell (2-1), Dartmouth (2-1) and Princeton (2-1). Four of the eight teams started one week earlier than the rest.
IVY LEAGUE POWERHOUSE
Columbia is the class of the Ivy League in terms of offensive power. The Lions lead the conference in runs (113), hits (172), doubles (37), home runs (21), total bases (280), slugging percentage (.464), and even walks (69). Through the first six Ivy League games, the Lions are hitting .335 with a conference-best 40 runs scored, 65 hits, 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 38 RBIs, 110 total bases and .567 slugging percentage.
Madison Gott is Columbia’s career leader in home runs (26), doubles (40), RBIs (103) and total bases (290). The senior also currently holds the career record in slugging (.557), while ranking third in batting average (.322), fourth in hits (168) and fourth in runs scored (82). Last season, Gott broke the program’s single-season records in batting average (.381), hits (59), total bases (102) and RBIs (40), while tying the home run record (10).
CANBY HEATING UP
Sophomore pitcher Madison Canby is 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA over Columbia’s last four games. She went 2-0 last weekend against Yale with a 2.57 ERA in 16 1-3 innings pitched. Canby earned both wins last Saturday, tossing a complete-game in the opener and two shutout innings of relief in game two. Wednesday, the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native went the final 1 2-3 innings to earn the victory in an 11-10 extra-inning affair against Fairfield.
A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC
Columbia has gone to extra innings five times this season and holds a record of 4-1 in those games. The Lions walked off against Virginia (March 3) in nine innings on Amanda Nishihira’s three-run homer in the ninth, winning the game 11-8. Madison Gott hit an eighth-inning home run in game one and game two of a three-game series against Penn (March 17), helping the Lions win by scores of 8-6 and 9-7. Wednesday, Columbia walked off in the ninth against Fairfield on Gott’s double to defeat the Stags, 11-10.
GOTT MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES
Senior infielder Madison Gott made national headlines when she was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week (March 20). Gott batted .474 with a .524 OBP, 1.000 slugging percentage, three home runs, five runs and eight RBIs through five games. The highlight of her week came in Saturday’s Ivy League opener against Penn, when she hit game-winning home runs in both of Columbia’s extra-inning victories. Her first came in the eighth inning of game one to win it, 8-6 (8), and her second game in the eighth of game two, winning the game, 9-7 (8). Gott went on to hit her third two-run home run of the series on Sunday, finishing the first weekend of Ivy play 7 for 13 with five runs and six RBIs. The national player of the week recognition is the first in Columbia softball program history. The senior was also named Ivy League Player of the Week for a second time this season.
Headline: Gott Selected NFCA National Player of the Week
The Lions have started 3-1 at home this season after going 10-4 (.714) a year ago. Last year’s team tied the program record from 2014 for home winning percentage (15-6, .714). The 2017 Lions won their first eight home games, marking the longest home winning streak since the 2014 team won its first 12. Columbia started the Ivy League season at home last year with a four-game weekend sweep over Dartmouth and Harvard. The Lions won three of those four games in walk-off fashion, including a ninth-inning home run by Sommer Grzybek in game two against Dartmouth.
IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
February 26 – Erin Gallo, Maria Pagane
March 5 – Madison Canby, Taylor Troutt
March 12 – Sommer Grzybek, Olivia Parker, Taylor Troutt
March 19 – Erin Gallo, Max Ortega, Taylor Troutt
March 27 – Madison Gott, Madison Canby, Maria Pagane