NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team (13-16, 6-6 Ivy) prepares for a New York City showdown against Manhattan (14-15, 0-4 MAAC) on Wednesday at the Columbia Softball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Wednesday’s game will be live streamed on the Ivy League Network with live stats available courtesy of GoColumbiaLions.com. Fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter by following @CULionsSoftball.
- Senior Taylor Troutt carries a 17-game on-base streak. She has reached safely in 25 of the 29 games this season and leads Columbia in batting average (.419), slugging percentage (.674) and on-base percentage (.485).
- Senior Madison Gott hit .468 through a 12-game hitting streak that spanned March 17 – April 6. Gott had 22 hits, 15 RBIs, 14 runs scored, six doubles, two triples and four home runs over the three-week span. She leads the Ivy League in hits (36), doubles (12), triples (4), home runs (5), RBIs (25) and total bases (71). - Gott, 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 tossed her third complete game and second shutout of the season last Thursday in a five-inning, 14-0, win over Saint Peter’s. Gallo went on to post a perfect 0.00 ERA through 14 1-3 innings last week, striking out nine. She is 3-0 over her last four starts with a 0.33 ERA, including 15 strikeouts and just eight hits allowed in 21 1-3 innings pitched. Columbia has outscored its opponents 24-6 through those four starts.
- Junior Alexandra Yule is hitting .370 over her last 10 games with a double, a homer, two runs scored and eight RBIs. She is slugging .519 with an on-base percentage of .419 over that span.
Manhattan (14-15, 0-4 MAAC) got off to a rough start in conference play last weekend, dropping doubleheaders on Saturday against Fairfield and on Sunday at Siena. The Jaspers have lost six straight overall, last defeating Sacred Heart in a doubleheader on March 28, 6-2 and 2-1 (9). The doubleheader sweep capped a five-game winning streak. Manhattan won a season-long eight consecutive games from late February through early March, Senior Briana Matazinsky leads the offense with a .408 batting average, 31 hits, seven doubles and 18 RBIs. She has started 28 of the 29 games and is also slugging a team-best .605. Junior Lauren Pitney is hitting .275 with a team-leading four home runs to go with 10 RBIs. Freshman Daniela Chiorazzi has driven in 16. In the circle, sophomore Kayla McDermott (4-2) holds a 2.76 ERA to lead the squad. McDermott has only started four games but appeared in 17, the most on the team. Manhattan carries a team ERA of 3.30. Matazinsky (5-6) has tossed three shutouts.
Manhattan leads the all-time series 17-14. The two teams played three times last season – once at the Stetson Invitational and two more times at the Columbia Softball Stadium. The Lions earned a doubleheader split last April, winning game one, 10-2 (6), before falling in the back end, 6-0. Wednesday will mark the sixth consecutive seasons the series has been contested. The 2012 doubleheader was cancelled due to inclement weather.
IVY LEAGUE POWERHOUSE
Columbia is the class of the Ivy League in terms of offensive power. The Lions lead the conference in hits (225), runs (149), doubles (45), home runs (27), RBIs (131), total bases (365), slugging percentage (.461) and even walks (83). Through the first 12 Ivy League games, the Lions are hitting .297 and rank at or near the top of the conference in most offensive categories, including first in doubles (22), home runs (12), total bases (168) and slugging percentage (.471)
Madison Gott is Columbia’s career leader in home runs (27), doubles (40), RBIs (109), total bases (304) and slugging (.558). The senior also ranks third in batting average (.321), third in hits (175) and fourth in runs scored (87). 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.
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 5-3 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
April 19 - Taylor Troutt, Erin Gallo, Max Ortega