|Simpson (W, 3-0)||6.0||6||1||0||2||2|
|Gannaway (S, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0|
PROVIDENCE — Randell Kanemaru piled up six hits and drove in five runs to help the Columbia baseball team sweep Brown Sunday afternoon. The junior delivered a two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie to lift the Lions to a 3-1 game one win. In game two, Columbia (8-15, 4-2) racked up 13 hits and scored four times in the fifth to claim a 9-5 decision in the finale.
Reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week Josh Simpson (3-0) won his third straight decision after going six innings, allowing just one unearned run on six hits. Simpson has not surrendered an earned run his last 15 innings pitched dating back to his start against Penn State on March 25.
Columbia manufactured a run in the top of the first after two-out singles from Kanemaru and Liam McGill to set up a first and third situation. The Lions ran a double-steal play that forced a throw to second. Kanemaru was able to score due to an error by thhe Bears’ shortstop to take a 1-0 advantage.
Brown drew even in the bottom of the third, putting runners on the corners with one out. In a somewhat surprising move, cleanup hitter Marc Sredojevic laid down a squeeze bunt to bring in the game-tying run.
The Lions had a pair of opportunities to go in front before Kanemaru’s hit in the seventh. After McGill walked and Chandler Bengtson reached on a check-swing single, the Bears’ starter Max Ritchie left both runners stranded by getting a force play and pop up in the fourth. In the sixth, three walks loaded the bases and it took an incredible double play helped Ritchie wiggle out a big jam. Brown’s second baseman Brian Ginsberg made a diving stop, pitched the ball to second from his knees and the relay just beat pinch-hitter Kyle Bartelman to the bag at first.
After Ritchie retired the first two batters in the seventh, Joe Engel registered a sharp single to left and Julian Bury legged out a double to force a call to the bullpen. Ben Porter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, setting the table for Kanemaru’s base-hit up the middle, which proved to be the game-winner.
Brett Gannaway worked a scoreless frame in the seventh to pick up his second save of the year.
McGill went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Ritchie (1-4) took the decision and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out four. Sam Grigo went 3-for-4 and Sredojevic picked up two hits.
|Chriss (W, 1-1)||2.1||3||1||1||0||2|
Brown took the early lead first in the nightcap, using a single by Josh Huntley to bring in leadoff man Rob Henry and an RBI groundout to make it 2-0. However, the Lions struck with one run in the second and two more in the third to jump in front.
Chandler Bengtson crushed a 1-0 pitch well beyond the rightfield wall for a solo shot, his fourth of the season, to cut the deficit in half after two and a half innings.
In the third, it was a two-out rally once again that gave the Lions the advantage. Porter worked a walk and Kanemaru followed with an opposite field double to right to knot things up, 2-2. McGill then singled to plate Kanemaru to put Columbia up, 3-2.
After a shutdown third from Ethan Abrams, Brown evened things at 3-3 thanks to doubles from Sredojevic and Cameron Deere before Columbia’s bats exploded.
Bury jumpstarted the fifth with a double and crossed the plate on a Porter base-hit. Kanemaru drove in another run with his second two-bagger and McGill recorded the first long ball of his career to give the Lions some breathing room at 7-3.
Garrett Delano made it 7-4 with an RBI single in the sixth, but Julian Bury restored the four-run cushion by doubling to left to score Joe Engel. Kanemaru capped his big day with a solo blast in the eighth to tie Bengtson for the team lead. However, the Bears did not go quietly.
In the ninth, Brown recorded three consecutive singles to load the bases before Harrisen Egly fanned Huntley for the first out. A hit batter made it 9-5 and sent the tying run to the plate, but a strikeout and fly out ended the game.
Kanemaru went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Bury, McGill, Bengtson and Engel all picked up two hits.
Grigo was 4-for-5 from the dish. Bobby Leyman dropped to 1-3, surrendering five runs on seven hits in four innings.
Columbia will take on its final Red Rolfe Division opponent tomorrow, April 10, when they face Yale for a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 12 p.m.