|Simpson (L, 3-1)||5.0||12||8||6||0||4|
NEW YORK — Cornell jumped out to big early leads and went on to sweep the Columbia baseball team by scores of 8-7 and 12-6 Saturday afternoon in both schools’ Gehrig Division openers. The Big Red churned out 13 extra-base hits in the two games against Lions’ pitching.
For Columbia (8-20-, 4-6), Kyle Bartelman was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with a homer, four runs scored and four RBI in his first game back into the starting lineup since last Sunday’s twinbill at Brown.
The first four Big Red (16-11, 5-5) batters reached on singles to take the lead and an RBI force out made it 2-0. With two away, Kyle Gallagher roped a single to right to make it a three-run first inning. Extra-base hits by Trey Baur and Tommy Wagner put the Lions in a 5-0 hole before the bats came alive.
Bartelman and Chandler Bengtson started the second with singles and AJ DiFillipo knocked in the first Columbia score with a ground ball up the middle. With two outs in the third, Liam McGill worked a four-pitch walk and came around after Bartelman doubled off the top of the wall in right. After another base on balls, Joe Engel found the gap in left-center to make it 5-4.
However, two doubles in the fifth gave Cornell some extra breathing room and an error prolonged the inning, which led to two more runs coming in and extended the margin to four.
In the bottom of the frame, Bartelman sent the first pitch he saw over the high wall in center for a two-run blast and cut the deficit in half. Engel and DiFillipo kept the inning going with a single and walk, respectively, but reliever Matt Horton fanned the next batter to keep Cornell in front.
The Lions threatened again in the seventh, putting two men on with two outs and Engel picked up his third RBI of the game with a single through the left side to bring the game-winning run to the plate. But Peter Lannoo buckled down and got a called third strike to end the ballgame to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Josh Simpson (3-1) earned his first loss of the season and was charged with eight runs, six earned, on 12 hits after not allowing an earned run in his first two Ivy League starts.
|Abrams (L, 1-4)||2.1||10||9||8||1||2|
NEW YORK —
The nightcap had an eerily similar start for the Lions with the Big Red peppering the baseball to the tune of the first four batters recording hits, including a bases clearing double by Pierre Le Dorze. Cornell added another run to make it 4-0 and batted through the order before Columbia’s first at-bats.
Starter Ethan Abrams seemed to be in control in the second, retiring the first two batters of the inning in three pitches, until an infield single and a hit batter set the table for a Cole Rutherford three-run homer. A dropped fly ball in left led to the fourth run of the inning and the Lions once again found themselves in a six-run hole.
After the Big Red tacked on another run in the third, McGill brought Columbia within 9-4 with a two-run, opposite field dinger, his third of the year.
The teams traded runs in the sixth and the Lions drew to 10-6 in the seventh. Joe Engel singled off the bag at third to bring in Bartelman before Cornell put the game away with runs in the eighth and ninth.
McGill finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Bury was 2-for-5.
Abarms fell to 1-4 on the year.
Columbia will conclude the series with Cornell on Sunday, April 16 for an Easter doubleheader. Game one is set for a 12 p.m. start. Both contests will broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.