WASHINGTON — Senior Madison Gott etched her name in the Columbia record books by hitting for the cycle in the softball team’s 12-1 victory over Howard on Sunday at the District Classic. The Lions split the day’s doubleheader, falling to Iona in the first game, 5-0.
Gott went 4-for-4 against Howard (2-16) to record the only known cycle in the softball program’s 19-year history. She tripled to right in the first and doubled to left in the second to help Columbia (3-6) jump out to a 7-0 lead. Her single came in the fourth, before completing the cycle with a two-out, two-run home run to bring the game to its final tally in the fifth. Gott finished with a career-high five RBIs.
“It’s been a long time since I had a player hit for the cycle,” head coach Jennifer Teague stated. “It’s always super special regardless of the competition you’re playing. I’m extremely happy for Maddie. She had such a great tournament.”
Gott combined for eight hits through Columbia’s four games in the nation’s capital. Six of those were extra-base hits, slugging 1.375 and driving in seven.
Sophomore Madison Canby added to the day by tossing a one-hitter in the victory. The lone Bison hit was a solo home run in the second. Canby (2-2) retired the next 10 batters and struck out six to earn the victory.
The Lions got eight hits off Iona (4-4) in Sunday’s first game, but could not bring any runs across.
Columbia will play its next six games in California, beginning its 2018 Spring Break trip at the UC Riverside Tournament. The two-day tournament pits the Lions against Boise State, UC Riverside, North Dakota State and Colgate.
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Columbia recorded eight hits off Iona starter Marnie Skinner, but the Lions left a runner stranded on third base in four different innings and never scored, losing the front end of Sunday’s doubleheader, 5-0.
Skinner was in immediate danger when Columbia put two in scoring position with one out for reigning All-Ivy League selection Sommer Grzybek. The Iona sophomore got Grzybek down looking before getting senior Taylor Troutt to ground out to end the inning.
Skinner then led off the second with a walk and came around to give her team the lead on a two-out single by Natalia Meray. Columbia starter Erin Gallo (1-2) took the loss, lasting an inning an two-thirds before being relieved by senior Maura Lynch.
Iona threatened in the fourth, but Lynch stranded the bases loaded. Columbia had a chance to take the lead in the bottom half, putting two in scoring position with two down, but junior Jordan Townsend grounded out to first.
The Gaels padded their lead with two runs on three singles in the fifth. They added to it with a two-run seventh that included two doubles and two singles. Lynch was charged with four earned runs across the final 5 1-3 innings.
A double play quickly deflated a two-on, no-out Columbia threat in the sixth. A leadoff double by sophomore Amanda Nishihira in the seventh did not spoil Skinner’s shutout.
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Columbia found its offense in game two, scoring seven runs across the first two innings before putting the game away with a five-run fifth to down Howard, 12-1, in five.
Madison Gott and Madison Canby were the story. Gott tripled in the first run of the game and brought home two of Columbia’s four runs in the second with a double down the line in left. Her two-run homer in the fifth completed the cycle and a career-high five-RBI performance. Meanwhile, Canby was nearly unhittable, allowing just two baserunners all game. The only hit was a solo home run off the bat of Alyssa Lavine in the second. She walked a batter in the seventh but was otherwise perfect, punching out six.
Senior Taylor Troutt plated Gott with a two-out homer in the first to put Columbia up 3-0. It was Troutt’s second homer of the weekend.
Two Howard errors in the second extended the inning and brought Gott to the plate with sophomore Amber Swinarski on second and first-year Maria Pagane on first. The senior made Howard pay with a two-run double. Howard starter Desiree Renteria then gave up a run-scoring triple to Sommer Grzybek before exiting the game with the Lions ahead 7-0.
Canby kept rolling and the Lions rewarded her with a five-spot in the fifth. First-year Max Ortega doubled with one out and the Lions loaded the bases for Pagane. The fellow first-year hit a ball to left that was misplayed by Noel Merritt, clearing the bases and increasing the lead to 10-1. Gott’s two-run homer brought the game to its final tally.