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NEW YORK — Columbia Softball split a doubleheader with Manhattan Wednesday at the Columbia Softball Stadium, claiming a 10-2 victory in game one and dropping a 6-0 decision in game two. Originally scheduled to be played at Manhattan, the doubleheader was moved to Columbia due to turf issues with the Jaspers field. Manhattan served as the designated home team in both games.
In game one, Columbia was sparked by back-to-back home runs by Madison Gott and Sommer Grzybek, who gave the Lions a key 5-1 lead in the third inning. With the back-to-back homers, Gott and Grzybek both set Columbia's single season home run record with their 10th of the season, tying the previous mark established by junior Taylor Troutt The duo combined for six hits and four RBIs to lead the Lions at the plate. Alexandra Yule also contributed four RBIs and three hits.
With the home run, Gott also tied Columbia's record for career runs batted in. She entered the game needing only one and now has 83 for her career, surpassing both Dani Pineda (2006-10) and Maggie Johnson (2007-11), who both owned the record with 82.
Columbia showed why it leads the Ivy League in all key team offensive categories as it totaled 10 runs and 14 hits including two home runs, four doubles and stole three bases in the win.
Columbia starting pitcher Madison Canby was impressive on the mound as she pitched a complete game six innings and allowed just four hits and two runs. She improved to 12-10 on the year.
Manhattan claimed the second game of the doubleheader with a 6-0 decision. Starting pitcher Kayla McDermott pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just four hits in earning her fourth victory of the season. Columbia's Tonia Wu took the loss but struck out eight and allowed just three earned runs in a full six innings of action.
With the split, Columbia moves to 20-24 overall, while Manhattan is now 27-15.
Game 1 Recap: Columbia 10, Manhattan 2 (F/6)
Columbia jumped on top in the first inning and led the entire way in registering a 10-2 victory over Manhattan in game one. Offensively, Columbia was led by Alexandra Yule, who drove in four and went 3 for 4, while Sommer Grzybek went a perfect 4 for 4 with three runs scored, a home run, two doubles and two RBIs, and Madison Gott finished 2 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI.
Madison Canby pitched the full six innings for a complete game. She struck out five batters, walked two and allowed four hits and two runs in her 24 batters faced.
Columbia went up 2-0 in the top of the first inning when Bonnie Schipper drove in two runs on a double to right field. Manhattan answered with a run of its own when Lauren Pitney singled on a hard line drive off the centerfield fence.
Columbia made it 5-1 in the third inning when Gott and Grzybek hit their record-setting back-to-back solo home runs. Gott's was a shot to left field and Grzybek's blast went over the center field wall. With the hits, the duo tied the Columbia school record for single-season home runs with 10. After the solo shots, Columbia added another run when Schipper singled, advanced to second on an error before Yule drove her in on single to right field.
The Lions continued to build their lead, scoring runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Olivia Parker led off with a single and stole second base, then Grzybek drove her in on a double to center field. Columbia went up 7-1 in the fifth inning when it took advantage of Jordan Townsend's leadoff walk and an error before Parker drove her in on a single to right field.
Columbia added three insurance runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-1 lead when Yule drove in three runs on a double to left center field.
Manhattan's Danielle Gabriel (0-1) took the loss after allowing seven hits, five runs, four earned, in 2 1-3 innings pitched. Lauren Pitney led the Jaspers with two hits.
Game 2 Recap: Manhattan 6, Columbia 0
Manhattan's Kayla McDermott threw seven innings of shutout softball in leading the Jaspers to a 6-0 win in game two. McDermott struck out four batters and allowed just four hits in the victory. She improved to 4-2 on the year.
Manhattan got on the board in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead. Shannon Puthe drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Alexa Dawid's sacrifice bunt. After an out, Lauren Pitney hit a home run to right center field to drive in both runs.
The Jaspers went up 4-0 in the fourth inning with two more runs. Pitney led off with a walk, Christine Gebhart singled on a bunt and Dominique Palagruto drove Pitney home on a single to left field that bounced off the wall. Gebhart scored on a Columbia fielding error.
Manhattan scored two more runs in the sixth inning when Gebhart struck out swinging and reached first on a passed ball. She scored when Kat Prevo drove her in on a double to left center. After Prevo advanced to third on a ground ball, Maddie Colombo drove her in with a single to right field.
Columbia starting pitcher Tonia Wu was effective as she struck out eight batters and allowed seven hits and four earned runs in the full six innings.