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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Trailing by two in the top of the ninth, AJ DiFillipo’s bases clearing double gave the Columbia baseball team the lead as the Lions claimed an 8-5 victory over Penn State Sunday afternoon. The Lions (3-13) earned a four-game split with the win.
Columbia attempted to follow the same formula that led them to a game one triumph Saturday. The Lions trailed 2-0 and used a strong start from Ty Wiest to keep the game close before breaking through with a three-run fifth.
Wiest lasted 6.1 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out three.
With Shane Adams and Matt Karo in scoring position and two outs, Julian Bury event things up at 2-2 with a single to center and moved to second after the Nittany Lions (8-13) tried to get an out at the plate instead of hitting the cutoff. Ben Porter followed with another base-hit and Bury came around as the go-ahead run.
Wiest exited with one out and a runner on second in the seventh and Harrisen Egly came on to get the final two outs to keep the Lions in front. In the bottom of the eighth, Nick Riotto reached on a fielder’s choice after a leadoff walk and stole second to move into scoring position. With two away, Braxton Giavedoni belted a double to right-center and gave Penn State the lead, scoring on a single by Jordan Bowersox.
Columbia went right to work in the top of the ninth. Joe Engel and Bury started things off with singles and Porter was beaned to fill the bases for DiFillipo to put the Lions back in front, 6-4. DiFillippo advanced to third on a wild pitch and crossed home on a sac fly from Adams. With Kyle Bartelman on first, Chandler Bengtson tripled to drive in one final insurance run.
The Nittany Lions did not go quietly, loading the bases with no outs, but a timely double play limited the damage and Ian Burns closed things out by inducing a groundout to second to put the game away.
Bury went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Egly (1-3) earned the win despite giving up the lead in the eighth.
Nick Distasio (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season after being charged with all five Lions’ runs in the ninth. Wiesenseel and Bowersox had two hits apiece for Penn State.
The Lions will make their much anticipated home debut and begin Ivy League play with a doubleheader against Harvard next Saturday, April 1. First pitch of the opener is slated for 12 p.m. at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. Both games will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.