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TAMPA, Fla. — The Columbia baseball team held a pair of leads, but could not hold on as the University of South Florida claimed a 13-6 victory on the Lions’ getaway day. The Bulls (7-5) registered 17 hits, nine of them of the extra base variety in the victory.
The Lions (1-7) jumped out to an early lead thanks to RBI singles from Joe Engel and Matt Cerfolio in the top of the first. USF wasted no time answering and loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame. However, starting pitcher Jordan Chriss minimized the damage by allowing just one run on a groundout to keep Columbia in front.
In the bottom of the second, the Bulls put the first two runners on again via
The Lions put up a four-spot in the fifth with the top of the order sparking the rally. Julian Bury pulled a single through the right side of the infield and Randell Kanemaru reached on an error. Liam McGill followed with a triple to pull Columbia within 5-4. With runners on the corners, Lane Robinette knotted the score with an opposite-field single to right and another error by the Bulls’ shortstop brought in the go-ahead run.
USF put the leadoff man on in the bottom of the fifth with a double and tied things up when Dietrich singled up the middle. David Villar put the Bulls up for good with a solo shot to start the sixth inning and added three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Leo Pollack (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up the Villar solo homer. The Lions used four pitchers on the day and issued seven walks in the contest.
Robinette finished 2-for-3 with the RBI. His hits were the first for a Columbia catcher this season. Kanemaru recorded a hit to push his on-base streak to 28 games.
The Lions will begin their spring break tour of Texas on March 9 when they open a four-game series with the University of Texas-San Antonio. First pitch on Friday is slated for 7 p.m. eastern time.