Harvard
Harvard
0
2
Columbia
Columbia
Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Harvard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Columbia 1 0 0 0 1 0 x 2 5 4
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
Simpson (W, 2-0) 7.0 3 0 0 0 6
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI BB HR

Kanemaru

0 0 0 0

McGill

2 0 1 1 1 0

Karo

3 0 2 0 0 0

NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team rattled off a pair of wins over Harvard, blanking the Crimson 2-0 in the opener and rallying for a 5-1 victory in the nightcap. The Lions improved to 5-13 on the season and have won four of their last six.

Josh Simpson tossed a complete-game, three-hitter to lift Columbia baseball team to a 2-0 victory in game one of a doubleheader against Harvard Saturday afternoon. Simpson fanned six to improve to 2-0 and became the first Lion hurler to toss a shutout in a seven-inning game since Kevin Roy did so against Princeton in 2015.

Columbia scored in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Bartelman. Ben Porter walked and Randell Kanemaru singled in his first at-bat back after missing the last three games due to illness. Liam McGill followed with another free pass to fill the bases for Bartelman, who hit a fly ball deep enough to left to bring in Porter.

That would be all Simpson would need, but the Lions added an insurance run when a McGill single plated Julian Bury. From there, the sophomore lefty would not allow a hit the rest of the way.

Kanemaru went 2-for-3 and Matt Karo had a pair of hits, including a triple for his first career extra-base hit.

For Harvard, Ian Miller took the decision (1-3). He went six innings and was charged with both runs.

 

Harvard
Harvard
1
5
Columbia
Columbia
Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Harvard 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 2
Columbia 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 x 5 10 1
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
Abrams (W, 1-3) 6.0 8 1 1 0 1
Gannaway (S,1) 3.0 3 0 0 1 5
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI BB HR

Kanemaru

2 0 0 0

McGill

4 1 2 1 0 0

Bartelman

4 0 2 2 0 0

NEW YORK — Trailing 1-0, the Lions used a four-run sixth inning to surge ahead to complete the sweep.

Columbia received another quality start from Ethan Abrams, who lasted six innings and allowed just one run on eight hits, to earn his first win of the year (1-3). Brett Gannaway struck out five and recorded the final nine outs to pick up the save.

Harvard (10-10, 0-2) put runners on in each of the first three innings, but could not scratch out a run until the fourth. Patrick Robinson, who came into the day as the Ivy League’s leading hitter, and Patrick McColl started things out with singles. Robinson tagged on a fly out to right and scored when Trent Bryan squirted a hard rolling single through the mound.

Noah Zavolas was keeping the Lions off balance, allowing just two hits through the first five innings before running into trouble the third time through the order. Bartelman followed up by pulling a single to right to drive in a pair and give Columbia the lead for good. Shane Adams made a productive out, driving a ball to right-center for another sacrifice fly.

Gannnaway came out and fanned the side upon entering the game in the seventh to keep the momentum in the Lions’ favor.

In the eighth, Kanemaru found the gap in left-center for a one-out double and came around after McGill hit a slow roller to the second baseman, who was playing deep. With McGill able to leg out the single, the Crimson fielder bobbled the ball which permitted Kanemaru to score, extending the advantage to 5-1.

Kanemaru pushed his streak of reaching base to 16 games, which dates to last season. McGill is also riding an on-base streak of 14 contests.

Zavolas dropped to 2-3 and surrendered five runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings of work. Trent Bryan led the offense, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Three straight singles with one out set the table for McGill, who hit a ball in the hole at short for an infield hit to knot things up, 1-1.

Columbia is right back at it tomorrow, April 2, with a doubleheader against Dartmouth. First pitch is slated for noon and the games will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.