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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Columbia baseball team won a back-and-forth affair with Rutgers, 13-7, for its seventh straight victory Wednesday afternoon. The contest was called after eight innings due to darkness. The Lions (15-21) scored in double-figures for the third consecutive game as they get ready for a weekend series with Penn with Gehrig Division title implications.
Junior Randell Kanemaru paced the offense, who rattled off 13 total hits, going 2-for-4 with five RBI and a pair of runs scored.
The Scarlet Knights' (15-23) Mike Carter started the bottom of the first with a leadoff solo homer, but Columbia answered right back with a solo shot from Chandler Bengtson and an RBI single from Matt Karo in the top of the second to go in front 2-1.
Rutgers regained the lead in the bottom of the second, recording two singles and a walk to fill the base paths. Kevin Welsh found room through the left side to tie the game and Carter drove in two more with the Scarlet Knights' fourth hit of the inning to make it 4-2 in favor of RU.
Kanemaru tied things up with one swing of the bat, belting his seventh home run of the year over the fence in right. However, the Scarlet Knights stormed right back in their next at-bats. A leadoff walk led to a Tom Marcinczyk double to the gap in right center to put his club back on top, 5-4.
In the top of the fifth, Columbia showed resiliency once again when Julian Bury doubled and moved to third on a groundout. Kanemaru then came through with a long fly ball to left center, deep enough to bring in the tying run.
The Lions took the lead for good in the sixth, using a walk, bunt single and hit batter to load the bases with one out. Karo picked up his second RBI of the day with a sac fly and Ben Porter hit a grounder that the Rutgers' shortstop could not knock down with a backhand for an infield single. Kanemaru capped the stanza with a two-run single, putting Columbia in control, 9-5.
After the Scarlet Knights got one run back in the sixth, Shane Adams had the play of the game. With Bengtson on first, Adams hit a short fly ball that bounced under the glove of the diving centerfielder and to the wall. Adams was waved home and danced around the tag for an inside-the-park home run and gave the Lions a six-run advantage.
Columbia tacked on two more in the eighth inning after Porter worked a one-out walk and an error put runners on first and second. The Lions ran a double steal and a wild throw to third brought in Porter. Kyle Bartelman capped the scoring with a base-hit to plate Kanemaru.
Porter and Adams each finished with two hits and scored three times.
The Lions went with eight different pitchers with Leo Pollack, Brett Gannaway, Ben Wereski and Zack Bahm all tossing scoreless innings. Wereski (2-1) was the pitcher of record, having worked the inning prior to Columbia taking the lead.
Columbia and Penn open up the home-and-home set at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium Friday, April 28 for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Prior to the game the Lions will hold a Senior Day ceremony for Adams, Bartelman and Ryan Marks. Admission is free.