|Simpson (W, 4-1)||6.0||7||4||1||2||6|
|Egly (S, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Columbia baseball team came away with a pair of victories over Princeton (6-4, 5-4) to open up a two-day, four-game series. The Lions (12-21, 7-7) built strong leads in both games, but had to hold off the Tigers (9-24-1, 5-9) late in both contests.
The Lions played “small ball” in game one, punching out 16 hits (13 singles) and went station-to-station in a four-run fourth inning that saw 10 batters come to the plate to open up the ballgame. Princeton did not go away quietly, answering with three in the bottom of the frame and putting the winning run on base in the seventh.
After threatening in the first, Princeton broke through in the second. Alex Dickinson singled off the cleat of starter Josh Simpson and scored on a Cody Phillips double.
Julian Bury, who finished 3-for-5 in the opener, started a rally in the top of the third with a double. Kanemaru followed with a single through the hole between third and short, moved to second when Princeton’s outfielder missed the cutoff man and came in on a Bartelman base hit to give the Lions the lead, 2-1.
In the game-changing top of the fourth, Chandler Bengtson led things off with a double and after a strikeout, the Lions recorded six consecutive singles to break the game open. RBI knocks went to Karo, Bury, Kanemaru and Bartelman as the Lions extended their advantage to 6-1.
A leadoff error wound up costing Columbia three runs in the bottom of the inning. Simpson retired the next two batters without issue, but two singles set the table for leadoff man Danny Harding, who doubled to drive in a pair of runs. Asher Lee-Tyson added a base-hit to bring in Harding and make it a two-run ballgame.
The Lions had chances to build upon their lead in the fifth and sixth, but could not scratch across any insurance runs. Simpson was in control in those innings, but issued a leadoff walk in the seventh to draw a call to the bullpen.
Harrisen Egly struck out his first batter in three pitches before Nick Hernandez singled to put the tying run aboard. A groundout pushed both runners into scoring position and a hit batter filled the base paths. However, Egly induced a pop up that was caught in foul territory by Kanemaru by the third base line to seal the win.
Simpson improved to 4-1, allowed just one earned run on seven hits and struck out six. Egly earned his first save of the year and 11th of his career, extending his program-record mark.
|Pollack (W, 1-1)||3.0||3||1||1||0||4|
|Burns (S, 2)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0|
PRINCETON, N.J. - Bengtson’s three-run blast in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in the nightcap. With the Lions leading 2-1, the sophomore belted his sixth homer of the season to deep left-center. After a couple of tricky balls hit to the outfield, Lee Tyson delivered a three-run shot of his own to pull the Tigers within one.
Despite bringing the go-ahead run to the plate, the Lions’ bullpen came up with timely outs to preserve the sweep. Ian Burns induced a groundout before allowing a single to extend the game, but the next batter flied out to the warning track in left to end the ballgame.
Princeton put runners on in each of the first three innings, but starting pitcher Jordan Chriss maneuvered out of trouble each time by mixing up timely strikeouts and getting ground balls.
Reliever Leo Pollack came in and held the Tigers in check, allowing just one hit in his first three innings of work to keep the game scoreless until the Lions’ offense got going.
Princeton starter Chad Powers did not allow a hit until the start of the fifth inning and seemed to be in cruise control until Shane Adams used his wheels to manufacture the first run of the game. Adams singled, stole second and advanced to third after tagging on a long foul out to right. With just one out, Julian Bury hit a chopper towards the bag at first that somehow stayed fair to put Columbia on the board.
Kanemaru and Bartelman were in the middle things again in the seventh. Kanemaru kicked things off with a base hit and Bartelman followed with a double to tack on an insurance run.
Princeton cut the deficit in half after the seventh inning stretch, notching back-to-back singles to chase Pollack. Brett Gannaway did strong work to limit the Tigers to one run after a sac bunt, sac fly and another pop out to keep the Lions in front.
In the ninth the heart of the order, Kanemaru and Bartelman, put Bengtson in position to deliver his key knock.
Bartelman, Kanemaru and Adams all registered two hits. Pollack was the pitcher of record and earned his first win of his career. He struck out four and was charged with one run on three hits in three-plus innings of work.
Columbia and Princeton will wrap up the series tomorrow, April 22, for a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is slated for 12 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.