|Line Score (Game 1)|
|Tonia Wu (L, 2-5)||1.1||4||5||5||0||1|
|Line Score (Game 2)|
|Madison Canby (W, 1-3)||6.0||10||8||3||0||2|
|Erin Gallo (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||2||1|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Led by the efforts of its rookie class, the Columbia softball team split a doubleheader against George Mason on Friday at the Jacksonville Invitational. The Lions bounced back from a, 10-0, five-inning loss in game one to down George Mason, 9-8, in game two.
Rookie outfielders Amber Swinarski and Sommer Grzybek each had three-hit days to provide the spark for Columbia’s (4-11) offense. All three of Swinarski’s hits game in game two, including her first collegiate home run, a leadoff shot to right-center in the fourth. Grzybek provided the game-winning runs in the home half of the sixth, breaking a 6-6 tie with a two-run triple that rolled to the wall in right-center.
In the circle, rookie Madison Canby (1-3) went six-plus innings and struck out a pair to pick up her first collegiate victory. Rookie reliever Erin Gallo entered after the first two George Mason (4-16) batters reached in the seventh with Columbia leading 9-6. Gallo walked two, but didn’t allow a hit and pitched well enough to earn her second save of the campaign. The Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, native also tossed a scoreless inning and two-thirds in Friday’s first game.
Columbia continues the Jacksonville Invitational on Saturday with back-to-back games against George Mason and Jacksonville. The Lions complete their three-game series with the Patriots at noon. First pitch against host Jacksonville is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Game 2 Recap: Columbia 9 – George Mason 8 (F)
Six different Lions drove in runs and Columbia came up with 10 hits to hold on against George Mason, 9-8, in the back end of Friday’s doubleheader.
Columbia broke up a 6-6 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Swinarski led off with her third hit of the game, a single up the middle, and junior Madison Gott put runners at the corners when she reached on an infield knock with one out. It brought Sommer Grzybek to the plate, who lined a go-ahead, two-run triple to the gap in right-center. She later scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to three runs.
Starting pitcher Madison Canby allowed just three earned runs and pitched into the seventh inning. Fellow newcomer Erin Gallo took over after the first two Patriots reached base and quickly retired two batters, one run crossing on a wild pitch. George Mason scored its second run on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, but Gallo was able to strand the tying run at third by getting Jess Middleton to fly out with the bases loaded to end the ball game.
Columbia built a 6-1 lead before George Mason scored five in the fifth to draw level. A two-out, two-run triple off the bat of Katherine Marsh brought the Patriots within a run. Later in the inning, Madison Aker scratched an infield single to tie the game. Three of George Mason’s five runs in the inning were unearned.
The Lions built their five-run lead with three runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the fourth. The first three Lions to bat all reached base, bringing in the first run on an RBI single from Gott. Sophomore Bonnie Schipper beat out an infield single to score Gott with the second run and sophomore Maura Lynch completed the three-run inning with her first RBI of the year, plating Grzybek with a sac fly to right.
Senior Kerry Cook made it 4-0 with a run-scoring double down the right field line in the second. After George Mason brought a run across in the third, Columbia added two more to its total in the fourth. Swinarski belted the first home run of her career to jumpstart the inning. A few batters later, Schipper drove in her second run of the game with a double off the wall in left.
Game 1 Recap: George Mason 10 – Columbia 0 (F/5)
George Mason put up crooked numbers in the first three innings to defeat the Lions, 10-0, in the front end of Friday’s doubleheader.
Back-to-back, two-out RBI doubles from Jess Middleton and Mary Luttrell put the Patriots on the board early. Middleton and Luttrell both added a RBI doubles as part of George Mason’s five-run second. Luttrell’s double plated two to increase the margin to 7-0.
Columbia had its best chance to score in the third. Metzger singled to start the inning and senior Kerry Cook reached on an error to put two on with two out, but Madison Gott went down swinging to end the threat. The junior’s nine-game hitting streak came to an end.
George Mason padded the lead to 10-0 when Sydnee Wells hit a three-run home run in the third.
Starting pitcher Tonia Wu (2-5) took the decision, allowing five runs through an inning and a third. First-year Erin Gallo tossed the final inning and two-thirds, striking out two and retiring five of the six batters she faced.