NEW YORK – The Columbia softball team (14-16, 6-6 Ivy) travels to Brown (8-18, 2-7 Ivy) for a three-game Ivy League set this weekend. The series, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will now begin Friday with a single game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader is unchanged with first pitch slated for 12:30 p.m.
Friday’s game will be live streamed on the Ivy League Network. Saturday’s doubleheader will not be live streamed. Live stats will be available all weekend courtesy of BrownBears.com. Fans can also receive in-game updates on Twitter by following @CULionsSoftball.
- Senior Taylor Troutt carries an 18-game on-base streak. She has reached safely in 26 of the 30 games this season and leads Columbia in batting average (.416), slugging percentage (.697) and on-base percentage (.480).
- First-year Maria Pagane and sophomore Amanda Nishihira have each hit six home runs, which ties for the top mark in the Ivy League. Pagane has reached safely in 10 straight games and is hitting .333 over that span with six runs and seven RBIs.
- Heading into this week, junior Alexandra Yule was 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.
- Senior Madison Gott leads the Ivy League in hits (37), doubles (12), triples (4), RBIs (25) and total bases (72). She 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.
- Taylor Troutt, Erin Gallo and Max Ortega were all named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. Troutt hit .500 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and three RBIs in four games. Ortega, a rookie, hit .400 with two doubles, a triple, three runs and three RBIs. Gallo posted a 2-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 13 1-3 innings pitched, striking out nine.
- Columbia has hit 30 home runs in 30 games to rank among the top-30 in the NCAA in home runs per game. Madison Gott ranks 10th nationally in doubles per game (0.40) with a dozen on the campaign.
- Columbia (6-6 Ivy) is two games back of first-place Harvard (8-4) in the Ivy League standings. Dartmouth and Cornell are tied for second at 6-3. The top two teams advance to the Ivy League Championship Series (May 12-13).
LAST TIME OUT
The Lions used home runs by Taylor Troutt, Maria Pagane and Amanda Nishihira to defeat Manhattan, 8-7 on Wednesday. Troutt and Nishihira each hit three-run blasts, with Nishihira’s putting the Lions on top for good, 8-6, in the third. Sophomore pitcher Madison Canby (8-7) entered in the fourth inning and allowed just one run over the final four innings to earn the victory.
Brown (8-18, 2-7 Ivy) has lost each of its first three Ivy League series and sits last in the league standings. The Bears lost two of three to both Princeton and Penn before getting swept by Cornell last weekend at home. The Big Red outscored Brown 20-7 in the series. The Bears lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to in-state rival Rhode Island, and have lost eight of nine overall. Junior Meghan Wimmer leads the Ivy League with a .470 batting average, which ranks No. 9 in the country. She also shares the Ivy League lead with six home runs and heads Brown with 16 runs, seven doubles, 18 RBIs and 13 walks. Her gaudy .879 slugging percentage ranks 11th nationally. She has also tossed 43 1-3 innings in the circle, but carries the worst ERA on the team of 6.30. Sophomore Emily Waters (2-6) has done the majority of the pitching with a 4.15 ERA in 57 1-3 innings.
Columbia leads the all-time series 19-13. The two teams split a doubleheader last year in Providence, with Columbia winning game one, 6-3, before the Bears took game two, 11-4. The Lions have won six of the last eight matchups dating back to 2014.
IVY LEAGUE POWERHOUSE
Columbia is the class of the Ivy League in terms of offensive power. The Lions lead the conference in batting average (.285), runs (163), hits (242), doubles (46), home runs (30), slugging (.462) and even walks (87). 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 (305) and slugging (.558). The senior also ranks third in batting average (.321), third in hits (176) and fourth in runs scored (88). 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.
Adding to the drama, five of Columbia’s last eight games have been decided by one run, including all three games at Dartmouth. The Lions hit three home runs on Wednesday to earn an 8-7 victory over Manhattan.
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
HOME COOKIN’ The Lions have started 6-3 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 9 – Taylor Troutt, Erin Gallo, Max Ortega