NEW YORK — The Columbia softball team returns to New York on Thursday for a non-conference doubleheader against Saint Peter’s. First pitch from the Columbia Softball Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Lions (12-18, 5-3 Ivy) are unbeaten through their first six home games of the 2017 season. Columbia opened the home slate on March 24, sweeping Monmouth by scores of 9-1 and 5-1. The following weekend, the Lions walked off three times to start the Ivy League season 4-0 with sweeps of Dartmouth and Harvard. The six-game home winning streak is the program’s longest since winning their first 12 home games of the 2014 campaign.
Saint Peter’s (2-20, 1-6 MAAC) looks to snap a nine-game losing streak when it travels to conference foe Manhattan on Wednesday. The doubleheader against the Jaspers was originally scheduled for Thursday, but changed to allow Manhattan to make up a postponed MAAC doubleheader against Niagara on Friday.
Live stats will be available for both games courtesy of GoColumbiaLions.com. Fans can also keep up with the action by following the Columbia softball team on Twitter, @CULionsSoftball.
FEELIN’ RIGHT AT HOME
The Lions opened the home schedule on March 24 with a two-game sweep over Monmouth and have proceeded to win each of their first six at Columbia Softball Stadium. It marks the team’s longest home winning streak since 2014, when the Lions rolled off their first 12 home games.
GOTT TIES CAREER HOME RUN RECORD
Junior Madison Gott hit her 18th career home run on Saturday at Yale, tying Maggie Johnson ‘11CC for Columbia’s all-time career record. The record-tying homer came in the first inning of game two, crushing a 1-1 pitch out to center to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. She is four home runs away from cracking the top 20 in Ivy League history.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia traveled to Brown and Yale for its first road games of the Ivy League season last weekend. The Lions got off to their first 5-0 league start in program history when they took game one of Friday’s doubleheader over Brown, 6-3. The Bears came back to win game two, 11-4, and Yale earned a sweep of the Lions on Saturday by scores of 7-2 and 12-2 (5).
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S
Saint Peter’s is in the midst of a 12-game road trip in which it plays a road doubleheader on five consecutive days. The Peacocks have yet to win on the trip, getting swept by Canisius on Sunday, Niagara on Monday and Wagner on Tuesday. They have two more chances to get a win on Wednesday at Manhattan before completing a stretch of 10 games in five days at Columbia on Thursday. The 12-game road trip comes to a conclusion next Wednesday, April 19, at Coppin State.
Nicole Feoli leads the Peacocks with 16 hits and a .308 batting average, while Candice Koch is hitting .303 this season. Samantha Storms has belted a team-best four home runs, and Brianna Hutchison paces the squad with 11 RBIs. Crystal Carlucci, who tossed a 1-0 shutout at Quinnipiac on April 2, has a 5.14 ERA. Sydney Ramsey, meanwhile, has collected 23 strikeouts this season. Saint Peter’s is hitting .233 on the season compared to an opposing batting average of .349. The pitching staff holds a 6.80 ERA.
- Junior Madison Gott is hitting .538 and slugging 1.000 with a home run, three doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored over her last four games.
- First-year Sommer Grzybek is hitting .310 and slugging .724 with three home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and five runs scored over her last 10 games.
- Junior Olivia Parker is hitting .360 with eight runs scored and two stolen bases over her last eight games.
- Sophomore Alexandra Yule is hitting .333 with a double and four RBIs over her last eight games.
Thirteen of Columbia’s 30 games have either been decided by one run or gone to extra innings. The Lions hold a 6-7 record in such games, earning three victories in sweeps over Harvard and Dartmouth.
Columbia leads the Ivy League with 22 home runs, five more than the next-highest total of 17 from Brown. The Lions rank No. 76 in the NCAA at 0.73 home runs per game. First-year Sommer Grzybek and junior Madison Gott lead the way with an Ivy League-best six long balls apiece. Gott also leads the Ancient Eight with nine doubles and 64 total bases, and is also second in hits (37), second in slugging (.681), third in batting average (.394) and third in RBIs (20). Grzybek is second in the Ivy League in total bases (55) and fifth in RBIs (18).
ROOKIES IN THE CIRCLE
Rookies Madison Canby and Erin Gallo have combined to start each of the last 16 games in the circle, and have started 22 of the 30 games this season. Canby (8-7) has done the bulk of the work, making 16 starts and combining for 94 2-3 innings pitched in 24 appearances. Canby’s 24 appearances lead the Ivy League, while her eight wins, 16 starts and 94 2-3 innings pitched all rank second.
IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Player of the Week – March 20 – Sommer Grzybek
Rookie of the Week – March 20 – Sommer Grzybek
Rookie of the Week – March 27 – Madison Canby
Rookie of the Week – April 3 – Sommer Grzybek, Madison Canby
Pitcher of the Week – April 3 – Madison Canby
IVY LEAGUE WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
February 27 – Bonnie Schipper, Tonia Wu
March 6 – Tonia Wu, Madison Gott, Madison Canby
March 13 – Madison Gott, Olivia Parker
March 20 – Madison Gott, Bonnie Schipper, Erin Gallo
March 27 – Kerry Cook, Olivia Parker
April 3 – Taylor Troutt
April 10 – Madison Gott, Sommer Grzybek