|Simpson (W, 1-0)||7.0||5||2||2||0||4|
|Burns (S, 1)||2.0||1||0||0||1||0|
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Columbia baseball team picked up a 4-2 win over Penn State in game one of a doubleheader after scoring four unanswered after trailing by two after four innings. The Lions (2-12) received its finest pitching performance of the season from starting pitcher Josh Simpson (1-0), who allowed two runs and five hits with four strikeouts in seven innings, and Ian Burns picked up a six-out save.
Both starters were dealing early with the offenses combining for just one hit through the first three innings.
The Nittany Lions (8-12) broke through in the fourth when Willie Burger notched a double and scored on a Braxton Giavedoni triple. Giavedoni came in for an insurance run on a sac fly to put Penn State in front, 2-0.
Columbia responded swiftly with three runs in the top of the fifth and never looked back. A pair of errors put two men on for Joe Engel, who recorded the Lions first triple of the season, and evened things up at two. The next batter was Julian Bury, who singled through the right side to give Columbia a 3-2 advantage.
Simpson cruised through the fifth and sixth, retiring six of the seven batters he faced in those frames, but had to work out of trouble in the seventh. The left-hander hit the first two batters of the frame and were pushed into scoring position via sac bunt. However, Simpson buckled down and forced a pair of ground balls to escape the jam unscathed.
After Burns came on to work a perfect eighth, Penn State did threaten in the bottom of the ninth. A single and walk brought the go-ahead run to the plate. However, the Lions turned a game-ending double play pick up their first win of the series.
The Lions took that momentum to the plate in the eighth and added to their lead on an RBI single from Liam McGill to bring in Bury.
Bury finished up 3-for-4, while McGill registered two hits.
The Nittany Lions’ hurler Justin Hagenman was responsible for all four Columbia runs, although just one was earned. He fanned eight batters and allowed eight hits in 7.1 innings. From the plate, Giavedoni and Riotto each had two hits.
|Wereski (L, 0-1)||0.2||1||3||1||5||0|
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Lions jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game two to put themselves in position for a twinbill sweep, but Penn State evened things up with four runs in the third inning and took the lead in the fourth as they claimed a 10-6 victory in the nightcap.
Columbia struck first in the top of the second. Shane Adams singled, swiped second and later third after a Chandler Bengtson walk. A wild pitch sent Adams in for a tally and Bury went opposite field for a single to bring in Bengtson.
Penn State cut the deficit in half on an unconventional play in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and second, Christian Helsel grounded a ball to third and the Lions recorded a force out at second, but a throwing error allowed a run to cross. On the overthrow, Helsel tried to move to second, but was caught in a rundown to retire the side.
In the third, the Lions extended the lead to four with RBI hits from DiFillipo and a two-run double by Adams before the Nittany Lions seized control.
A leadoff triple by Ryan Sloninger set the tone for Penn State in its half of the third and he came beat the tag on a play at the plate to start a four-run inning. Columbia pitching issued four walks, including one with the bases, to aid the Penn State rally as they evened things up.
Burger gave the Nittany Lions the lead for good after another free pass, wild pitch and an error put runners on base. Penn State scored two more times in the inning to go up 8-5 and tacked on two more in the fifth for good measure.
The Penn State bullpen was able to keep the Lions at bay for the most part until the ninth when they not three-straight hits, capped by a Kyle Bartelman RBI single to pull within four, but that would be as close as they could get.
McGill picked up three more hits and Adams had the two hits, two RBI and two stolen bases. Ben Wereski (0-1) earned the decision for Columbia.
Conlin Hughes led the Nittany Lions’ offense with a 3-for-4 performance. Dakota Forsyth (3-0) picked up the win in relief, tossing four innings of no-hit ball with eight strikeouts. Jake Plewicz picked up a nine-out save.
Columbia and Penn State wrap up their series tomorrow, March 26 with a single game slated for a 12 p.m. start.