|Brett Gannaway (W, 1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Ian Burns (S, 1)||1.0||1||1||1||1||1|
|Mark Patrick Flynn||1||0||1||2||0||0|
TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Patrick Flynn delivered a two-run pinch-hit double to cap a three-run seventh inning rally as the Columbia baseball team earned a 4-3 victory over the University of South Florida in the opener of a doubleheader. The win was the first of the season for the Lions (1-5).
Trailing 2-1 in its last at-bats in the seven-inning contest, Julian Bury laid down a perfect bunt to second base to start the rally. Randell Kanemaru followed with a bloop single to right-center and Liam McGill singled past the diving USF shortstop through the right side to bring in Bury. After a groundout and walk loaded the bases, Flynn, a right-handed batter, stepped in to face lefty Andrew Perez. Flynn ripped a 1-1 pitch down the line for a double to bring in a pair and put Columbia in front, 4-2.
The Bulls (5-5) brought the winning run to the plate after a walk and a double by Coco Montes. However, Ian Burns induced a ground ball to close the game and pick up the save.
The Lions opened the scoring in the top of the third on a Chandler Bengtson sacrifice fly before USF answered in the bottom of the frame. Montes doubled in a run after a leadoff walk and David Villar brought in the go-ahead run with an extra-base hit.
Columbia’s pitching held USF to just four hits after the Bulls had scored 42 runs and 53 hits in their last three games. Ben Wereski fanned six and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings. Brett Gannaway (1-0) retired all three batters he faced in the sixth to earn the victory.
Bury was 2-for-4 with the two runs scored. Kanemaru went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Perez dropped to 0-2 after allowing all three runs in the seventh. Montes’ two doubles accounted for half of his squad’s hits in the contest.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Lions dropped the nightcap by a score of 8-0. USF took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and added on in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
A sac fly in the second gave the Bulls the early lead and the score remained that way until starting pitcher
After Lucas Hall struck out a pair to end the sixth, USF threatened again in the seventh. An error, single and wild pitch put two runners in scoring position for Duke Stunkel Jr., who singled to bring in both of his teammates. The Bulls tacked on three more insurance runs in the eighth, aided by
Egly (0-2) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out three in 5.1 innings. Hall fanned four batters in his 1.1 frames. Kanemaru went 2-for-4, pushing his on-base streak to 27 consecutive games. Jack Chernow was 2-for-3.
For USF, Alec Wisely fanned six and gave up five hits in his 6.1 innings of shutout ball. Leadoff man Kyle Phillips was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Lions will resume the series with the Bulls tomorrow, March 3 when the teams meet in a doubleheader. Game one is slated to begin at 2 p.m.