|Wiest (L, 0-3)||5.0||7||5||5||2||7|
NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team played two more wild games and the Lions salvaged an Easter Sunday split with Cornell after taking game two, 8-7. Columbia fell in the early contest, 9-5.
Randell Kanemaru and Cornell’s (17-12, 7-5) Cole Rutherford basically went blow-for-blow with Kanemaru going 3-for-4 with three RBI and Rutherford using a pair of homers to drive in five in the opener.
Just like the day before, Cornell raced out to an early lead in the top of the first in game one and the Lions (9-21, 5-7 were forced to chase the Big Red throughout the contest.
A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Will Simoneit, who drove in a pair with a double to the gap in right-center. In the bottom of the first, Columbia put runners on second and third, but only came up with one run on an RBI groundout to make it 2-1.
Rutherford’s first of two long balls came in the top of the third to straightaway centerfield. Once again, the Lions threatened in the bottom of the frame, but were only able to scratch across one run off a double play with runners on the corners.
Back-to-back triples in the fourth by Cornell put them in front 5-2 before Kanemaru launched a two-run blast to bring Columbia within one.
However, the Big Red tacked on four in the seventh, capped by a three-run shot by Rutherford, and Kanemaru’s RBI double down the line in the bottom of the frame was not enough.
Ty Wiest (0-3) lasted five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and fanned seven.
|Burns (W, 2-1)||2.0||2||2||2||2||0|
|Gannaway (S, 3)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0|
NEW YORK — For the fourth straight time in the series, Cornell filled the bases in the top of the first, but this time Columbia put up a zero thanks to a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam.
The Lions took their first lead of the weekend despite not registering a hit in the bottom of the first. With Ben Porter on second, an error by the Big Red third baseman allowed Columbia to take a 1-0 lead.
With the top of the order back to work in the third, Cornell was in position to tie or take the lead again. A single, hit batter and walk put the Lions in another bases loaded situation, and once again were able to escape without allowing a run thanks to a groundball double play.
Columbia took advantage in the bottom of the inning, using a sac fly from Bartelman to extend the advantage to 2-0.
In the fourth, Cornell committed a pair of errors that helped the Lions tack on two more runs. Joe Engel and Shane Adams were in scoring position when Julian Bury hit a chopper over the mound that was overran by the shortstop allowing the speedy Adams to come around from second in addition to the Engel at third.
Both teams struggled defensively in the fifth, with all three combined runs coming on miscues. An error and wild pitch brought Cornell within 4-2, but with Engel trying to sacrifice runners on first and second into scoring position, a wild throw to first brought in Bartelman to restore a three-run cushion.
The Big Red pulled back within one after a two-run single by Frankie Padulo in the sixth, but the Lions had the swift answer.
Kanemaru knocked in Porter, who started the inning with a double, on a sharp base-hit to left and Bartelman hooked his third dinger of the season around the foul pole in right, giving Columbia a seemingly comfortable 8-4 lead.
Rutherford caused more of a stir in the top of the seventh when he singled to bring in Tommy Wagner, who was a combined 5-for-6 with four runs on the day, and wound up on third after a misplay in the outfield. Will Simoneit made the Lions pay with an extra-base hit to put Cornell within striking distance.
The Big Red threatened with two outs in the eighth, using a walk and infield single to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but Harrisen Egly fielded a grounder in front of them mound and fired to first from his knees to end the inning. In the ninth, Cornell registered three singles in a row to give them yet another opportunity to strike with the bases juiced. However, it could have been a much different situation if not for a great deke by Adams in centerfield. He went back to the ball and put his glove up like he was ready to make the catch, but the ball caromed off the wall and fielded cleanly. Both runners were forced to hold and only advanced one base.
Brett Gannaway then forced a check-swing roller in front of home plate that he was able to field and toss home for a force play for the first out. It appeared like the Lions turned their fourth double play of the game, but Matt Collins just beat the relay to first to drive one run and prolong the game.
The next batter was beaned to reload the bases, but Gannaway induced a ground ball towards the first base line, fielded it and tossed to snap Columbia’s six-game slide.
Ian Burns earned the win in relief to improve to 2-1. Gannaway picked up his third save of the season.
Bartelman and Chandler Bengtson each had three hits in the nightcap.
Columbia will make a short trip to Fordham for a non-conference tilt this Wednesday, April 19. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.