|Zack Bahm (L, 0-1)||4.0||6||4||3||0||0|
|Mark Patrick Flynn||0.0||3||2||2||1||0|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Columbia baseball team dropped a 6-3 decision at Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tuesday night. The Islanders’ (12-5) pitching staff teamed up to fan 13 batters and no extra-base hits against the Lions, who dropped to 3-10 on the year.
A couple of defensive misplays in the bottom of the second proved costly for the Lions as Corpus Christi knotted things up. A throwing error put
Harrison Dinicola put Corpus Christi ahead with one swing of the bat, belting a 0-1 pitch over the wall in right in the third. The Islanders plated two more thanks to a Stark triple and double by Beard. Steven Rivera-Chijin extended the cushion with a base-hit up the middle and Corpus Christi led 4-1 after four.
Columbia was held in check by Islanders’ starter Leonel Perez, who struck out seven batters and did not allow a hit after the first. Corpus Christi went to the bullpen in the six and a pair of two-out walks and a wild pitch put two in scoring position for Matt Cerfolio. Cerfolio worked the count full and punched a ball to shallow center that fell for a two-run single to pull the Lions within one.
However, the Islanders plated two runs in the seventh. Stark started things off with a single over the glove of a jumping Mark Patrick Flynn on the mound and Itchy Burts legged out a bunt single on a sacrifice try. Rivera-Chijin pulled a base-hit through the right side and a wild pitch pushed the margin to 6-3. With two on and no outs, Leo Pollack retired the next three batters, two via strikeout, to limit the damage.
In the top of the ninth, Columbia brought the tying run to the plate after Cerfolio drew a leadoff walk and Jack Chernow singled. However, Chris Cooper forced a fly out to end the game and earn a six-out save for his third of the season.
Perez earned the victory, moving to 2-1 on the year. Stark led the offensive attack with a 3-for-4 night and two runs scored.
Zack Bahm lasted four innings for the Lions, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Bryce Barr and Pollack were solid in relief for Columbia. Barr worked two shutout innings, allowing just one baserunner in the fifth and sixth frames. Pollack punched out four batters in his two perfect innings of work.
The Lions are back in action Wednesday, March 14, at Rice. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. eastern time.