RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Columbia softball team began its Spring Break trip with two games at the UC Riverside Classic on Saturday, but was defeated, 6-1, by Boise State and, 9-5, by tournament host UC Riverside.
Seniors Olivia Parker and Taylor Troutt each had four-hit days. Parker went 4 for 5 with a walk and a sacrifice while Troutt was 4 for 7 with a pair of doubles. Junior Alexandra Yule hit Columbia’s only homer of the day, blasting a solo shot to account for the lone run against Boise State (13-8).
Columbia (3-8) left 13 on base against UC Riverside (18-7), stranding the bases loaded in the third and fifth innings. Meanwhile, the Highlanders jumped ahead with a three-run homer in the first before tacking on three more in both the fifth and sixth.
The Lions continue the UC Riverside Classic on Sunday with back-to-back games against North Dakota State and Colgate. First pitch against the Bison is scheduled for noon ET, 9 a.m. PT.
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Madison Anthony hit a leadoff home run for Boise State and the Broncos led from start to finish to defeat the Lions, 6-1, in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Senior Olivia Parker went 2 for 2 and executed a sacrifice in her third plate appearance. Columbia’s lone run came on junior Alexandra Yule’s first home run of the season to cut the lead to 5-1 in the fifth. The junior belted a 2-1 pitch off Boise State starter Gianna Mancha and sophomore Amanda Nishihira kept the rally going by working an eight-pitch walk.
Veronica Lynch entered and was able to get out of the inning without any further damage. Mancha took the win (5-2), going four-plus innings and striking out five.
Madison Canby (2-3) took the loss, tossing five innings and surrendering six runs on 11 hits. The sophomore struck out a pair and walked one. She was relieved in the sixth after Makenzie Sullivan led off the inning with Boise’s second long ball. Sophomore Erin Gallo allowed just one hit while striking out two across the final two innings.
Justene Molina and Alison Seng poked back-to-back doubles to begin the fourth and score a run. Three singles plated two more in the fifth to increase the lead to 5-0.
Columbia threatened in the fourth when first-year Maria Pagane and senior Madison Gott both reached to lead off the inning. The Lions had runners at the corners with one out and two in scoring position with two down, but senior Taylor Troutt and rookie Max Ortega struck out to end the inning.
Troutt doubled with one out in the sixth and advanced to third on a single by Ortega, but was never able to cross the plate.
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Columbia rallied late, but was ultimately bit by leaving 13 runners on base in a, 9-5, loss to UC Riverside.
Senior Taylor Troutt went 3 for 4 with a double, while Parker continued her good day at the dish with two more hits and a walk. The two combined for five of Columbia’s eight hits.
Gallo got the start in the circle after a solid two innings of relief in game one. She walked two in the first and was tagged for a three-run homer to put the Lions behind early. The sophomore got through the middle innings unscathed, retiring eight in a row before the Highlanders put up three-spots in the fifth and sixth. Gallo (1-3) was charged for eight earned runs on 10 hits, striking out two and walking three.
Brittney Garcia did the initial damage on Gallo with a two-out, three-run blast in the first. Gallo walked the first batter and put another Highlander on with a free pass with two down.
Columbia loaded the bases for Troutt in the third, but the senior was retired for the only time all game. She swung at the first pitch and hit it right back to UC Riverside starter Taylor Misfeldt. Misfeldt earned the win (11-3), lasting five innings and surrendering seven hits, two runs, none earned, while striking out three.
The Lions broke through in the fourth when juniors Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Yule walked to start things off. Amanda Nishihira sacrificed them into scoring position for Genny Soltesz. The sophomore slapper hit a ball to third. Riverside went home on the play to tag out Townsend trying to score, but threw the ball away trying to stop Soltesz between first and second. Yule scored on the error to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Columbia loaded the bases again in the fifth but could not score. Riverside then added to the lead with three runs in the bottom half. Karter Williams began the inning with a triple and Seanna Garewal brought home two on a double to left center. An error extended the inning, allowing Emma Ramelot to hit a ball off the third-base bag and plate the third run.
Three more Riverside runs came across in the sixth, including a two-run homer by UC Riverside’s all-time hits leader, Jenna Curtan.
Columbia put together a furious rally in the seventh that resulted in three runs, but the seven-run deficit proved too much to overcome. The first three Lions all reached to give Nishihira her second chance with the bases loaded. She was hit by a pitch to plate the first run. Junior Bonnie Schipper then pinch hit for Soltesz and brought another home on a sac fly. The third run came across on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Maria Pagane. Gott went down swinging to end the ball game.