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HOUSTON — For the second time in as many meetings, it took extra innings to decide the winner between the Columbia baseball team and New Mexico. At the 2013 NCAA Fullerton Regional it was the Lions claiming a 6-5 decision in 13 frames, but this afternoon the Lobos exacted a small slice of revenge – taking a 10-9 win in 11 innings.
The Lions rallied back from five down with a seven-run bottom of the first. The teams traded the lead back-and-forth one more time before the Lobos knotted things up in the seventh. Columbia had a golden opportunity to walk off in the bottom of the
Ty Wiest came into the contest with two walks in his previous three
Randell Kanemaru moved into the leadoff spot and started the bottom of the first with an infield single, pushing his streak of reaching base to 35 straight games. An error and two walks put the Lions on the board and Matt Cerfolio kept the train going with an RBI single. With the bases still full, Joe Engel scored when the Lobos’ catcher dropped the ball at the plate on a force play. AJ DiFillipo pulled a single into right to pull Columbia within one and Josh Nicoloff put the Lions in front, 7-5, with a bases-clearing double down the leftfield line.
New Mexico scored a run in the second and went ahead, 8-7, in the third on Justin Watari’s RBI single and a hit batter with the bases full.
Columbia regained the lead in the fourth on Kanemaru and Engel’s second hits of the day. Cerfolio drove in both of them with a triple to the gap in right-center for to extend his team lead in RBI to 13 on the year.
The score remained that way until the seventh. The Lobos had runners on the corners thanks to a Dan Herrera knock, hit batter and a force play at second. With two away, Watari posted an infield single to knot the score at 9-9.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Leo Pollack wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the game tied and in the bottom of the 10th DiFillipo tripled with one out to put the game-winning run 90 feet away. New Mexico opted to intentionally walk the next two batters to set up a force play and Malachi Emond came on to record a strikeout and a groundout to keep the Lobos alive.
Richard Ware was beaned to start the 11th and was pushed into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Connor Mang singled, placing runners on the corners and Gouldsmith dropped in a single to center to put New Mexico up for good.
Columbia put the tying run on in the bottom of the inning, but a fly out and double play ended the ballgame.
Jared Mang was 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Lobos. Malachi Emond improved to 2-1 and Chriss Tripp earned his fourth save of the year with his scoreless 11th.
Bryce Barr (1-1) was charged with the loss. Pollack threw 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Mark Patrick Flynn had his longest outing of the year, 3.1 innings to go with a career-high three strikeouts.
The Lions and Lobos will meet again Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in Houston. Columbia and Houston will also meet for the first of two meetings at approximately 7:30 p.m. (both times eastern) or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the matinee.