|Wiest (W, 1-3)||4.0||6||2||2||1||3|
|Abrams (S, 1)||3.0||1||0||0||0||3|
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Columbia baseball team put on a dominant offensive display, completing a four-game series sweep of Princeton Sunday. The Lions (14-21, 9-7) finished the suspended game from Saturday and came away with a 15-2 triumph. In the finale, Columbia erased an early three-run deficit and scored at least two runs from the third inning in a 21-5 romp.
The Lions moved up to second place in the Gehrig Division standings, setting up a big regular season finale against first-place Penn, who are 11-5, for a two-game lead.
The Lions picked up where they left off Friday to start game one, manufacturing a run in the top of the second to take the early lead. Singles by Kyle Bartelman and Liam McGill preceded a wild pitch, which set up an RBI groundout by Joe Engel to put Columbia in front, 1-0.
In the fourth, Randell Kanemaru and Bartelman each doubled and Bartleman moved to third on another wild pitch. Chandler Bengtson launched a sac fly to left to extend the margin to 3-0. With McGill on first, Adams belted his first homer of the season to give Columbia even more breathing room. Princeton then issued three straight walks and an error on a Kanemaru single cleared the bases to make it 8-0.
The Tigers answered with two in the bottom of the inning with the rain starting to pick up. After the game was suspended with nobody on and one out in the fifth, Bengtson worked a walk and Adams notched a base-hit for Lane Robinette, who doubled to right to put the Lions in double-figures.
Bartelman went deep with two on in the sixth and Lane Robinette singled another run before a wild pitch capped the scoring.
Adams went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Bartelman was 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs.
Ty Wiest picked up his first win of the season (1-3). He allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Ethan Abrams worked the final three innings, allowing just one hit and no runs to go with a trio of strikeouts to pick up the save.
|Burns (W, 2-1)||4.1||1||0||0||0||2|
PRINCETON, N.J. - Columbia’s 21 runs were the most since a defeat to St. John’s in 2010. For the second time in the series, every Lions’ starter recorded at least one hit.
Chandler Bengtson had a monster performance in game two, going 3-for-6 with seven RBI. He was a double shy of hitting for the cycle Kanemaru and Ben Porter each knocked in four runs as well for the Lions.
Columbia fell behind in the bottom of the first on RBI hits from Ramses Haddad and Zack Belski before the Lions put their foot on the gas in the third.
Kanemaru notched a single with the bases juiced and Bengtson evened things up with a two-run single with two outs.
Julian Bury sacrificed Joe Engel and Matt Karo into scoring position in the fourth, leading to a go-ahead sac fly by Ben Porter. Kanemaru followed with a hit up the middle to Bring in Karo. Two more walks loaded the bases for Bengtson, who tripled down the rightfield line to clear the bases and make it 8-3.
The Lions loaded the bases once again in the fifth and Kanemaru hit a long fly ball to right, deep enough to score one run, but Karo came around after a wild relay throw to the plate.
Bengtson took over the team lead with a two-run blast in the sixth and the hits kept coming for Columbia. Porter and Kanemaru pushed the margin to 14-3. A two-run single by Karo made it 16-unanswered for the Lions before Princeton put a pair of runs up in the bottom of the frame.
A couple of miscues (wild pitch and error) erased those runs in the eighth. Porter put the finishing touches on his big day with a two-run double and scored on another wild pitch from third in the ninth.
Ian Burns (2-1) tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.
Columbia wraps up non-conference play with a midweek tilt at Rutgers this Wednesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m.