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Nick Maguire hit a three-run homer in the seventh.
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Baseball Improves Win Streak to Nine Games, Trumps St. John's, 11-4

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/16/2014
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NEW YORK - The hot hitting continued Wednesday afternoon for the Columbia baseball team, tallying 11 runs on nine hits to defeat the visiting St. John's Red Storm, 11-4, at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

First baseman Nick Maguire led the way with four RBI, three of which came off his second homer of the year in the seventh inning. Second baseman Will Savage went 2-for-5 with three RBI, while right fielder Logan Boyher was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. 

Six pitchers took the hill Wednesday for the Lions, with Joey Donino, Ryan Marks and Ty Wiest all not giving up a hit in their time on the bump.

The first three innings were scoreless from both sides, as Donino and Mike Weisman shut down the St. John's offense. Columbia took the first lead of the contest in the bottom of the fourth frame.

David Vandercook was hit by a pitch to start in the inning and Robb Paller earned the right to first with a walk. Two batters later, Logan Boyher laced his second triple of the season to right center, scoring both baserunners. Boyher scored on the next pitch when Mike Fischer singled through the right side.

A scoreless fifth, which marked the second straight 1-2-3 inning for Lions' pitcher Marks, gave way to a sixth inning that saw each squad plate four runs. 

Columbia got the first two outs of the sixth quickly on grounders, but an error kept the inning alive for St. John's. Robert Wayman made the Lions pay with the first two RBI of the inning, tripling to right field, scoring Alex Caruso and Ty Blankmeyer. Matt Harris followed up with a long ball to right field and the Red Storm took the lead, 4-3.

The Lions tied the game up in the bottom half of the frame when Maguire earned a one-out walk with the bases loaded, forcing in Aaron Silbar who had walked earlier in the inning. WIth two outs, Savage put the Lions up for good with a bases-clearing double over the center fielder's head, making it a 7-4 advantage. 

Columbia piled on four insurance runs in the seventh inning, beginning with SIlbar crossing the plate again, this time on a Gus Craig knock up the middle. Maguire put the exclamation point on the victory with a three-run blast in the next at bat.

Wiest, Columbia's fifth pitcher, tossed a hitless seventh and eighth before Matt Robinson came on and closed out a scoreless ninth. 

Columbia is back in action in Ivy League play this Saturday, visiting Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Cornell. 

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