PRINCETON, N.J. — Columbia softball senior second baseman Taylor Troutt was named Ivy League Player of the Year to highlight a total of eight Lions earning All-Ivy League honors. The league office announced its postseason honors and awards, as voted on by the eight head coaches, Wednesday afternoon.

Troutt becomes the first Ivy League Player of the Year in the Columbia softball program’s 19-year history, and is the first Lion to earn one of the Ivy League’s top postseason awards since Jackie Adelfio was named Pitcher of the Year in 2003. Senior first baseman Madison Gott joined Troutt on the All-Ivy League First Team – both Troutt and Gott were unanimous selections – marking the first time since 2005 that two Lions earned first-team honors. Sophomore catcher Amanda Nishihira and sophomore outfielder Sommer Grzybek were named to the All-Ivy League Second Team. Four Lions earned Honorable Mention, including sophomore pitchers Madison Canby and Erin Gallo, along with first-year infielders Maria Pagane and Max Ortega. The eight total selections (first team, second team and honorable mention) are the most in program history.

Troutt led the Ivy League and broke the program’s single-season records in batting average (.455), on-base percentage (.507) and slugging percentage (.797). Her batting average ranks seventh in Ivy League history and is currently 10th-best on the year in the NCAA. The senior slugger also boasted a top-25 slugging percentage in the NCAA along with top-15 marks in Ivy League history in both slugging and on-base percentage. Troutt racked up 56 hits, 15 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBIs, all of which also led the Ivy League. Her league-leading averages were even better against conference opponents, where she hit .500 with a .538 OBP and .871 slugging percentage to go with a league-best 35 hits, 11 doubles and 23 RBIs. The native of League City, Texas, put together an on-base streak of 24 consecutive games from March 11 – April 21 and ended her senior season with 15 multi-hit and 10-multi-RBI games. She was named Ivy League Player of the Week following the season finale at Cornell and was also named to the Weekly Honor Roll six times. She wrapped up her Columbia career No. 2 all-time in total bases (265), home runs (24) and RBIs (99), while ranking fourth in home runs (24).

Gott shared the Ivy League lead in RBIs (36) and led alone in total bases (100) on the way to a First Team selection. The Weston, Florida, native hit .356 with a .391 OBP and .685 slugging percentage while boasting top-five league marks in runs (32), hits (52), doubles (14), triples (5) and slugging. Like her senior counterpart, Gott’s numbers escalated in conference play, where she hit .392 with a .430 OBP and .737 slugging percentage, ranking among the top-five in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, triples home runs and total bases. Gott will graduate with Columbia’s program records in home runs (30), doubles, (42), total bases (333), RBIs (120) and runs scored (96). She ranks 10th in Ivy League history in home runs and total bases, as well as inside the top-20 in RBIs, slugging and doubles. Her 2018 season was highlighted by being named NFCA/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (March 20) after hitting two game-winning home runs in a series against Penn. Gott also hit for the first cycle in program history (March 4) going 4 for 4 with a career-high five RBIs in just five innings against Howard. Her senior season included 17 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games. She was named Ivy League Player of the Week twice to go with three Weekly Honor Roll selections.

Nishihira earns her first All-Ivy League selection after powering her way to seven home runs and 21 RBIs while slugging .500 with a .381 OBP. She was among the league’s top-five in long balls, including a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning to defeat Virginia. She belted four more in conference play and drove in 11. A native of the Los Angeles suburb of Los Alamitos, Nishihira worked 20 walks to share the league lead. Defensively, she threw out a league-best 13 baserunners and ranked second among qualifying catchers with a .780 stolen-bases-against percentage.

Grzybek earns her second straight Second Team All-Ivy League selection after hitting .318 with a .399 OBP, .504 slugging percentage, five homers, seven doubles, 27 runs and 27 RBIs. The Cooper City, Florida, native ranked among the league’s top-10 in runs and RBIs while boasting top-15 marks in doubles and homers. Her 17 runs, 19 RBIs, six doubles and four home runs in conference play were also among the top-10 in the league. Grzybek strung together an 11-game hitting streak (Feb. 24 – March 13) where she hit .417 with four runs and six RBIs. She was named Ivy League Player of the Week on April 23 after hitting .714 with a homer, double, four runs and four RBIs in a series victory over Princeton.

Sophomore pitchers Canby and Gallo tossed the majority of the season in the circle on the way to Ivy League Honorable Mentions. Canby posted an 11-8 record with a 4.10 ERA in 135 innings pitched. She made 30 appearances and started 18 games, going the distance eight times including a shutout against Brown. She led the league in innings pitched, ranked among the top-five in wins and strikeouts (73) and was a three-time Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll recipient. Gallo went 7-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 86 1-3 innings of work. She appeared 25 times and made 17 starts, tossing three complete games and two shutouts, including a one-hitter on the road against two-time reigning Big West champion Cal State Fullerton. She tied for fourth in the Ivy League in wins, was sixth in batting average against (.239), among the top-10 in ERA and strikeouts (69) and was a four-time Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll recipient.

Rookie infielders Pagane and Ortega showed Columbia has a bright future on the left side of the infield by earning Ivy League Honorable Mentions. Pagane hit .294 with a .370 OBP and .529 slugging percentage while starting all 40 games this season. She ranked No. 2 in the league in homers (8), No. 3 in runs (31), No. 5 in total bases (72) and among the top-10 in RBIs (26). The shortstop posted better numbers in conference play with a .333 batting average, .434 OBP and .551 slugging percentage. She hit a memorable home run in her first collegiate at-bat and started her career with a seven-game hitting streak on her way to an Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection. She was also named to the Weekly Honor Roll four times. Meanwhile, Ortega hit .354 with a .452 OBP and .608 slugging percentage to go with 23 runs, 17 RBIs and three homers. She was among the top-10 in the league in batting, on-base, slugging and runs. The third baseman was a force in conference play, starting all 20 games with a .351 batting average, .448 OBP and .649 slugging percentage, ranking among the top-10 across the 21-game schedule in doubles, (6), OBP and slugging. She ended her season with nine multi-hit games and was a five-time Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll recipient.

Taylor Troutt, Columbia (Sr., 2B)

Katie Duncan, Harvard (Jr., P)

Schae Nelson, Dartmouth (Fr., 1B)

Shannon Doepking, Dartmouth

SP – *Breanna Ethridge, Dartmouth
SP – *Katie Duncan, Harvard
C – *Schae Nelson, Dartmouth
1B – *Madison Gott, Columbia
2B – *Taylor Troutt, Columbia
3B – Morgan Martinelli, Dartmouth
SS – *Rhianna Rich, Harvard
OF – Megan Murray, Cornell
OF – Taylor Ward, Dartmouth
OF – Maddy Kaplan, Harvard
OF – Mackenzie Meyer, Princeton
P/UTL – Meghan Wimmer, Brown
DP/UTL – Meagan Lantz, Harvard

SP – Heather Turner, Dartmouth
SP – Sarah Smith, Harvard
C – Amanda Nishihira, Columbia
1B – Sydney Grobman, Yale
2B – Micah Schroder, Dartmouth
3B – Molly Oretsky, Penn
3B – Allison Harvey, Princeton
SS – Erin Rockstroh, Cornell
OF – Sommer Grzybek, Columbia
OF – Jess England, Penn
OF – Megan Donahey, Princeton
P/UTL – Olivia Giaquinto, Harvard
DP/UTL – Jurie Joyner, Penn

SP – Madison Canby, Columbia
SP – Erin Gallo, Columbia
SP – Miranda Papes, Yale
C – Raquel Blanchard, Brown
C – Lindey Kneib, Harvard
1B – Sarah Cwiertnia, Penn
3B – Max Ortega, Columbia
SS – Maria Pagane, Columbia
SS – Danielle Dockx, Princeton
OF – Tabitha Dyer, Penn
OF – Carlin Hagmaier, Yale
OF – Shelby Kennedy, Yale
DP/UTL – Kate Jencarelli, Cornell
DP/UTL – Tori Tagashi, Cornell

*-unanimous selection
^-first team expanded due to ties in the voting
#-second team expanded due to ties in the voting