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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Columbia baseball team and Yale played a pair of entertaining ballgames as the Bulldogs earned a doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 win in the opener and a 5-4 victory in the nightcap. The Lions drop to 8-17 overall and 4-4 in Ivy League play. Yale improved to 16-12 and 7-1 in the Ancient Eight.
In the bottom of the first in game one, a Richard Slenker double brought in leadoff man Tim McGraw, who started the frame by drawing a walk, with a double to leftfield.
Like yesterday, Columbia found success with its backs to the wall, scoring all three of its runs with two outs. In the top of the third, Julian Bury doubled to right-center just out of the reach of a diving Yale outfielder. He hustled home and slid under the tag after a single by Ben Porter to tie the score, 1-1.
The Bulldogs used a similar formula to regain the lead in the bottom of the third. McGraw reached via walk, stole second and advanced to third on a fly out to right. With the infield playing in, Slenker singled to center for his second RBI of the game. Benny Wanger then launched a two-run shot to make it 4-1.
In the top of the fourth, the Lions put runners on the corners after an error and base-hit by Shane Adams. Columbia opted to run a delayed steal play and the Yale catcher fired down to second and McGill darted home. The shortstop did not attempt to tag Adams out at second and McGill beat the snap throw at the plate to make it a two-run ballgame.
However, the Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the frame. Andrew Herrera reached on catcher’s interference and Dai Dai Otaka singled, setting up a two-run knock from Simon Whiteman.
Kanemaru posted a double to left to bring Joe Engel to make it 6-3 through four and a half innings.
Columbia had an opportunity to get back into the game, putting two on with just one out. However, Yale reliever Kumar Nambiar fanned the first two batters he faced and worked a perfect seventh to earn the save.
Ian Burns (0-1), who was pitching close to his hometown of Westport, Connecticut, earned the start. The sophomore battled with the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense for three innings and was charged with four runs on five hits. He also struck out three.
Yale starter Alex Stiegler (2-2) lasted 5.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with seven K’s. Slenker, Whiteman and Herrera all recorded two hits.
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WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Both clubs' starting pitchers were dealing early and it looked like one run might be enough to claim the game two win before the offenses came to life in the fifth inning.
Columbia scratched out a run in the top of the frame, again with two outs. Engel and DiFillipo each recorded singles and Bury fought off a number of pitches to work a full count. The first-year eventually won the battle, hitting a grounder towards second base that Whiteman had to field on a backhand. The throw was just late and with the runners in motion, Engel came in all the way from second on the infield hit.
Yale had a prime chance to do some damage in the bottom of the inning, using a leadoff double and base-hit to put runners on first and third with no outs. The next batter chopped one to DiFillipo at third and the lead runner was off on contact. DiFillippo fired home and Lane Robinette made the tag for the first out. A fly out set up another first and third situation, but Wiest got the next batter to chase a ball in the dirt to escape the frame unscathed.
The Bulldogs threatened again in the sixth and gave the Lions a dose of their own medicine, doing most of their work with two outs. Before that Yale, used back-to-back hits and a walk to load the bases with no outs. Reliever Ben Wereski induced a pop up for the first out and Alec Hoeschel grounded a ball to second and Kanemaru’s only play was to first as the tying run came in. Brett Gannaway came in and got Herrera to chase strike three, but the pitch was in the dirt which allowed the Bulldogs to jump ahead 2-1.
Dai Dai Otaka then hit a soft liner that fell and bounced beyond Kanemaru moving to his left for an RBI. DeGraw tacked on the fourth run of the inning with a single to left before the Lions inched closer in the seventh.
Engel and DiFillipo again reached base to bring up the top of the order and Bury doubled home the second Columbia run of the game. A wild pitch brought in DiFillipo to make it a one-run ballgame heading to the seventh inning stretch.
The Lions came all the way back in the seventh when Adams recorded a two-bagger, moved to third on a balk and was driven in on a long fly ball by pinch hitter Kyle Bartelman, knotting things up at 4-4.
In the eighth, Yale occupied each base. Leo Pollack did his best to limit the damage, retiring the first two batters he faced. However, the first out was a sacrifice fly to put the Bulldogs back in front, 5-4.
The Lions hit the ball hard three times in the ninth, but the first was hit on a line to the leftfielder. It took a diving stop and throw from Whiteman’s knees to retire Bury and Griffin Dey snagged a hard line drive off the bat of Porter to end the game.
Bury finished 2-for-5. Engel and DiFillipo also had two hits.
Columbia takes a break from Ivy League play when they host Monmouth, Tuesday, April 11. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.