|Barr (W, 1-1)||1.0||2||0||0||0||0|
|Egly (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
NEW YORK – Nine pitchers combined to allow one run on seven hits as the Columbia baseball team beat St. John’s, 4-1. The Lions (8-15) have won three-straight and snapped the Red Storm’s (14-10-1) seven-game winning streak.
Harrisen Egly pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh career save, tying Columbia’s all-time record currently held with teammate Adam Cline. Bryce Barr earned the win, tossing a scoreless second inning just before the Lions grabbed the lead.
Kyle Bartelman put Columbia ahead with one swing of the bat, launching his third homer of the season to start the bottom of the second inning. A walk and a dropped fly ball prolonged the inning for RBI singles from Will Savage and Logan Boyher to extend the advantage to 3-0.
St. John’s manufactured a run in the top of the third, using a leadoff walk, sacrifice, ground out and wild pitch to cut the deficit to two. However, the Lions used an RBI groundout by Lane Robinette to erase the Red Storm score.
Boyher, who made his first career start in centerfield, made a pair of great defensive plays in the top of the eighth to keep the Lions in front. With one out, he made a diving grab on a fast-falling line drive to prevent an extra base hit. With a runner on first, Boyher played the ball perfectly off a carom on the high chain-link fence, relayed to Savage who threw home to Lane Robinette. Robinette spun to tag the baserunner and end the inning.
Robb Paller went 2-for-5 and extended his on-base streak to 22 games. Bartelman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Lions will head to Harvard on Saturday, April 9, for a twinbill beginning at noon.