|Egly (W, 2-3)||3.1||3||0||0||0||4|
PHILADELPHIA — With two more come-from-behind victories at Penn Saturday, the Columbia baseball team caught the Quakers (22-20, 12-8) in the Gehrig Division standings to force a one-game playoff for the third time in the last four seasons. The Lions (18-22, 12-8) exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning of game one to erase a two-run deficit and claim a 14-4 victory. In the finale, Columbia trailed by three early, but hung around long enough to earn the series win.
Due to winning three of four this weekend, the Lions will host the playoff game at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. The game will be played Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m.
Leading 4-2 in the top of the sixth, Penn turned to closer Billy Lescher, who checked with a 0.97 ERA and earned his fourth save of the year in game one at Robertson Field yesterday. The Lions touched him up for seven runs on six hits, including a grand slam from Ben Porter to put the game away. Columbia sent 12 men to the plate and scored nine times in the stanza to force the decisive final game.
Kyle Bartelman hit a no-doubter two-run blast in the top of the first to put Columbia in front. Back-to-back solo shots from Graul and Phelan tied the game at 2-2 after one inning.
The teams traded scoring chances in the second and third, but both pitching staffs came up with key outs before Penn broke through in the bottom of the fourth.
Leo Pollack retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth, but allowed four straight hits including RBI singles from Matt Tola and Chris Adams to put the Quakers on top, 4-2.
After a leadoff walk to start the fifth, Julian Bury dropped down a perfect bunt down the third base line, drawing an errant throw to put the tying run in scoring position. Ben Porter pulled Columbia within one with a chopper to third that scored Matt Karo to bring up Randell Kanemaru with the tying run 90 feet away. Kanemaru skied a fly ball to shallow left-center and Bury tagged from third. Penn centerfielder Andrew Murnane came up firing and his throw beat Bury to the plate for the third out of the inning.
Bartelman kicked off the big sixth inning with a double and Liam McGill followed with a single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Chandler Bengtson yanked a base hit into right to drive in the Lions' fourth run and Shane Adams delivered the fourth consecutive hit to give Columbia a 5-4 cushion. With two outs, Bury worked a nine-pitch walk and Porter launched his grand slam to clear the bases and give the Lions some extra breathing room.
Bartelman reached for the second time in the inning with a walk after a Kanemaru double and both runners scored when Liam McGill cleared the wall in left to make it 12-3. Lane Robinette capped the scoring with a pinch-hit, two-run blast in the seventh.
Harrisen Egly worked the final 3.1 innings and allowed just three hits and fanned four to improve to 2-3.
For the third time in the last seven games every Columbia positional starter recorded a hit. Joe Engel was 2-for-3 and Karo extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
|Burns (W, 3-1)||4.2||1||0||0||1||1|
|Gannaway (S, 5)||3.0||3||1||1||0||0|
PHILADELPHIA — The Quakers started strong for the fourth straight game, racing out to a three-run lead, but Ian Burns did a tremendous job out of the bullpen. The right-hander entered in the second and went 4.2 innings of one-hit, shutout ball to move to 3-1 on the year.
With Burns quieting the Penn bats, Shane Adams extended his collegiate career with a 3-for-4, four RBI performance, including what proved to be the game-winning double in the seventh inning.
Penn scored a pair of runs on two errors in the bottom of the first, but Columbia responded with a run in the top of the second. McGill reached via single and chugged all the way from first on a double from Adams to cut the deficit in half.
However, the Quakers build a 4-1 lead after two, thanks to a Chris Adams two-bagger and a sac fly from Tim Graul.
The Lions reacted with a Bury single and a walk in the third, leading to two RBI singles from Kanemaru and Bartelman to draw Columbia to 4-3. Penn starter Mike Reitcheck fanned the next two batters, but could not retire Adams, who slapped a single through the left side to knot things up.
Burns settled in to keep it that way through the sixth inning. Reitcheck also buckled down before the Lions went ahead in the seventh. With runners on first and second, Adams took a 3-2 pitch to the gap in left-center to plate McGill and Bengtson to give Columbia a 6-4 lead.
Matt Tola gave the Quakers some life with a solo jack in the bottom of the inning, but a sac fly by Kanemaru restored the two-run advantage.
From there, Brett Gannaway did the rest, retiring six of the final seven batters to earn his fourth save of the season.