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David Vandercook hit a grand slam in game one.
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Baseball Sweeps Harvard with Impressive Offensive Performance

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/06/2014
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GAME ONE BOX | GAME TWO BOX

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The bats came alive in the late innings of game one for 12 runs and they continued through the second game Sunday, as the Columbia baseball team swept Harvard by scores of 12-6 and 8-2 at O'Donnell Field.

GAME ONE RECAP
Junior David Vandercook racked up a career-high five RBI, including four on a grand slam, and the Lions scored 12 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take down Harvard in game one Sunday, 12-6.

Harvard was in control early on, creating a 4-0 advantage with a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings. Nick Saathoff and Jake McGuiggan drove in the runs in the second frame, while an unearned run and a Mike Martin RBI single accounted for the tallies in the fourth.

Columbia’s offense responded in a big way in the top of the fifth, posting eight runs to claim the lead. The Lions first run came when Mike Fischer crossed the plate on Harvard’s second error of the frame. Will Savage and Vandercook followed with back-to-back doubles, each plating a run, while Serena came home to score in between on a balk, tying the game at 4-4.

Aaron Silbar gave Columbia the lead with a single through the right side to score Vandercook. Fischer continued the scoring with the Lions third double of the inning, bringing home Logan Boyher and Silbar. Just as he was the first run, Fischer came across as the final run of the frame.

Columbia added four more in the sixth with one swing from Vandercook. Gus Craig and Savage singled, while Jordan Serna was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Facing a 2-2 count, Vandercook launched his first homer of the season to clear the bases, extending the Lions’ lead to 12-4.

Harvard scored one run in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, but Ty Weist was able to close out the game for Columbia.

Savage led all hitters, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Vandercook finished 2-for-3. 

GAME TWO RECAP
In game two, the Lions rushed out of the gates, scoring in each of the first four innings on their way to an 8-2 win. Kevin Roy went six innings on the hill, striking out seven Crimson hitters, while allowing just one earned run. Savage, Silbar and Kyle Bartelman each recorded two hits and two RBI.

The familiar bat of Vandercook provided Columbia with its first run in the top of the first. Serena led off the frame with an infield single and proceeded to then steal second and third. Two batters later, Vandercook’s ground out to first brought him home.

In the next inning, the Lions loaded the bases with walks to Fischer and Serena and a Gus Craig fielder’s choice with Savage coming to the dish. The first-year slapped an infield single of his own that plated Fischer and Craig to make it a 3-0 advantage.

Silbar scored the Lions’ fourth run in the third frame. The senior ripped a one-out double down the left field line to get on base before two wild pitches allowed him to move up to third and then come home to score. In the Lions’ next turn at the dish, Silbar tallied an RBI on a single to right that plated Vandercook after a fielding error by Harvard’s shortstop kept the inning alive in the previous at bat.

The Crimson got one run back in the bottom of the fourth, but Columbia scored two more of its own in the sixth. Silbar picked up his second RBI on a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Savage who opened the inning with an infield single. Bartelman followed with a single that got through the right side, scoring Vandercook.

Harvard got its second run in the bottom of the sixth, but Bartelman got that one back in the eighth for Columbia. Another infield singled for the Lions scored Silbar and brought the score to its 8-2 final.

The Lions will next be in action Tuesday when they visit St. John's.

Columbia returns home to Robertson Field at Satow Stadium next weekend when it hosts Princeton in its first Gehrig Division series.

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