Note: The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but postponed until Thursday because of forecasted rain.
NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team hosts Saint Peter’s for a midweek single on Thursday. First pitch from the Columbia Softball Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The game will air live on the Ivy League Network. Fans can follow Thursday’s game with live stats courtesy of GoColumbiaLions.com. The game will also be live Tweeted by following @CULionsSoftball.
- Senior Madison Gott is hitting .488 through her current 10-game hitting streak with three homers, six doubles, 12 runs scored and 12 RBIs. Gott leads the Ivy League in doubles (12) and total bases (64), hits (34) and RBIs (22). - Senior Taylor Troutt has hit safely in 21 of the 25 games this season and leads Columbia in batting average (.408) and on-base percentage (.477). She has reached base in 13 consecutive games. - First-year Maria Pagane and sophomore Amanda Nishihira have each hit five home runs, which ties for the top mark in the Ivy League.
- Sophomore Erin Gallo earned a complete-game victory on Saturday in game two of a doubleheader against Dartmouth. Gallo allowed two runs on two hits while striking out six.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S
Saint Peter’s (3-18, 0-2 MAAC) opened conference play with two losses at Iona, 8-1 and 1-0, on Saturday. The Peacocks lost 13 consecutive games before defeating Lafayette in game two of last Thursday’s doubleheader, 7-4. Harley Connors leads SPU with a .389 batting average in 14 games played. Theamaris Ramirez is the power threat with a team-leading three home runs and 15 RBIs. Ramirez is hitting .357 with a team-best .625 slugging percentage. Three SPU junior pitchers – Barbara Verrastro, Sydney Ramsey and Mary Mastriani – split time pretty evenly. Verrastro has thrown the most at 38 2-3 innings, but carries a 9.05 ERA. Ramsey has the best ERA of 5.15 in 36 2-3 innings. The Peacocks staff carries an ERA of 7.82.
Columbia leads the all-time series 23-5-1, including a two wins last season, 12-4 and 9-1, each in five innings. Columbia has not lost a game against Saint Peter’s since 2013.
IVY LEAGUE POWERHOUSE
Columbia is the class of the Ivy League in terms of offensive power. The Lions lead the conference in hits (196), doubles (39), home runs (22), total bases (311), slugging percentage (.449), and even walks (74). Through the first nine Ivy League games, the Lions are hitting .314 with a conference-best 89 hits, 17 doubles, 11 home runs, 141 total bases and .498 slugging percentage.
Madison Gott is Columbia’s career leader in home runs (26), doubles (40), RBIs (106) and total bases (297). The senior also currently holds the career record in slugging (.557), while ranking third in batting average (.325), fourth in hits (173) and fourth in runs scored (84). 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).
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.
Last weekend, the Lions played three one-run games in a series at Dartmouth. Columbia won game two, 3-2, thanks to a complete-game by Erin Gallo in which she only allowed two runs on two hits while striking out six. Dartmouth won game one, 5-4, by scoring three runs to walk off in the bottom of the seventh. The Big Green also took a 5-4 game to win the series on Sunday. Columbia trailed 5-1 heading to the seventh, but scored three runs and put the tying run on second and go-ahead run on first. A diving catch by Dartmouth’s centerfielder stifled Columbia’s rally.
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
April 2 – Madison Gott, Taylor Troutt, Maria Pagane