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NEW YORK — Monmouth erased a seven run deficit and outslugged Columbia to take claim a 17-12 victory Tuesday afternoon. Randell Kanemaru went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Lions (8-18), who racked up 14 hits in the defeat.
The Hawks’ (10-18) Tom Jakubowski went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, drove in six and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Monmouth racked up 14 hits to match Columbia and drew 10 walks on the day.
The Lions served up a seven-spot in the second inning to take control early. Joe Engel served up a two-run double to open the scoring and Alex Fisher’s first career hit brought in Engel from second. Julian Bury plated a pair with a sharp single to right and Liam McGill put the exclamation point on the frame with a two-run blast.
Monmouth began its comeback in the top of the third with a bases clearing triple by Dan Shea that hit off the base of the wall in left. In the fourth, the Hawks put runners on the corners for Justin Trochiano, who reached via a single to bring in Jakubowski.
Columbia appeared to restore order in the bottom of the frame when Kanemaru drilled a 1-1 pitch out of the ballpark for his team-leading fifth dinger of the season to extend the advantage to 9-4. The Lions added an insurance run after an error allowed McGill to trot in from third.
Shaine Hughes led off the top of the fifth and sent the first pitch he saw over the chain-link fence in centerfield to start another Hawks rally. With two on, Jakubowski went deep to nearly the same spot as Hughes and pulled Monmouth within 10-8.
In the sixth, the Hawks put five on the board and took the lead for good. Three walks filled the base paths and Jakubowski found space in the gap in left-center to drive in all three runners. After an infield single, Trochiano notched an RBI single and a groundout with a man on third made it 13-10 in favor of Monmouth.
The Hawks occupied all three bases again in the seventh and Pete Papcun recorded an extra-base hit to provide some extra wiggle room and Monmouth scored one more in the ninth.
Columbia tried to rally in its final at bats, working two walks to start the bottom of the ninth. Engel grounded one to short and a run scored with the infield playing deep and Fisher drove in his second run of the game with a base-hit. However, Joe Molettiere recorded the final out with a ground ball to second.
Columbia starts Gehrig Dvision play this weekend with a four-game series against Cornell this weekend at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. The Lions and Big Red will play a doubleheader Saturday, April 15 to start the tilt. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.