|Bahm (L, 1-2)||1.0||4||4||4||1||0|
NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team fell twice to Dartmouth to wrap up its Ivy League opening weekend. The Big Green (12-6, 2-0) earned a 6-2 victory in game one and won the nightcap by a 9-2 count. First-year Liam McGill went a combined 5-for-7 in the two games to extend his on-base streak to 16 games.
Dartmouth rallied with two outs in the top of the first of the opener to take the early 1-0 lead. Dustin Shirley was hit by a pitch, stole second and came in on a Michael Ketchmark single.
Back-to-back hits and a walk loaded the bases for Adam Gauthier in the second, who sharply singled to left. Matt Feinstein gave the Big Green some breathing room with a two-run base-hit to center to make it 4-0.
Columbia had an opportunity to get back into it, putting the first two runners on before starting pitcher Michael Danielak struck out the next three batters in order to get out of the jam.
A Trevor Johnson triple added an insurance run for Dartmouth in the fourth before the Lions (5-15, 2-2) broke through in the fifth against Danielak.
Joe Engel recorded a single and moved into scoring position on a bunt. Ben Porter came through with a two-out double that found its way into the corner in leftfield to get Columbia on the board. However, Dartmouth took that run right back in the top of the sixth.
Again with two outs the Big Green did all their damage with two outs, using a single and stolen base from Johnson to set up Matt Feinstien’s RBI single.
Kyle Bartelman later tripled in a run in the bottom of the sixth, but that would be as close as the Lions would get.
Danielak moved to 5-0 after going the distance and striking out eight. Johnson, Feinstein and Ketchmark all had two hits in the opener.
McGill was 3-for-3, while Bartelman notched a pair of hits. Zack Bahm (1-2) started and was charged with four runs.
|Abrams (W, 1-3)||6.0||8||1||1||0||1|
NEW YORK — The nightcap was closer than the final score indicated. Despite trailing much of the way, Columbia threatened in the third, fifth and seventh innings to try and mount a comeback, but the Big Green had an answer each time.
Bartelman got the scoring going for Columbia in the bottom of the second inning, launching his first homer of the season over the high fence in centerfield to put the Lions up 1-0. Lane Robinette and Chandler Bengtson followed with singles to put runners on the corners and a squeeze play pushed the margin to two.
Dartmouth’s Dustin Shirley started a three-run fourth with a double and scored when Ketchmark reached on a base knock. The next batter was Kyle Holbrook, who hit a high fly ball that carried over the wall in right to give the Big Green the lead for good.
The Lions were in business with runners on the corners in the fifth, but catcher Adam Gauthier gunned down the Lions on a stolen base attempt and Dartmouth’s starter Cole O’Connor induced a foul out and ground out to get out of the jam. The Big Green took that momentum to the plate in the sixth and tacked on three runs. Dartmouth put up another three-spot in the seventh to put the game away.
O’Connor exited after five innings, but picked up the win to move to 2-1. Justin Fowler had a 3-for-4 performance and Holbrook drove in three runs.
Ty Wiest (0-2) was the pitcher of record after tossing three innings. Dan Harrington and Ryan Marks finished the game with scoreless frames. Julian Bury, Porter, McGill and Bartelman each had two hits in the nightcap.
Columbia will clash with No. 5 St. John’s Wednesday, April 5. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ESPN3.