|Wereski (L, 0-2)||6.2||6||3||3||1||4|
New Mexico’s starter Cody Dye pitched 8.0 innings of one-run, three-hit ball to help the Lobos take down the Columbia baseball team, 3-1, in one of two games for the Lions.
New Mexico (8-11-1) did not record a hit until the fourth inning, and even its first two hits did not get through the infield. A fly ball pushed Connor Mang to third base, putting runners on the corners and the Lobos ran a double steal to take a 1-0 advantage.
With both pitchers dealing, neither team recorded a hit until New Mexico’s Phil Sikes doubled to start the sixth. Justin Watari wound up beating out the play while trying to sacrifice the runner over and a successful sac put two in scoring position. Jared Mang was plunked to load the bases and a fly ball was deep enough to bring in an insurance run. Jeff Deimling followed with a base-hit to plate one more run.
In the ninth, Columbia threatened one last time when Liam McGill singled and Matt Cerfolio was beaned to bring up the go-ahead run. Bengtson lined out sharply to center for the first out of the inning and Chris Tripp induced a double play to close out his second straight save and fifth of the season.
No players from either team recorded multiple hits or RBI.
|Harrington (L, 0-1)||0.2||2||1||1||1||0|
HOUSTON — Houston was resilient, overcoming a pair of late one-run deficits to take the nightcap, 4-3 in 11 innings. It was the second consecutive day the Lions (3-14) dropped an extra-inning affair.
The Lions received another strong start, this time from Harrisen Egly. The senior right-hander was in line for the win after allowing just one run on five hits in six innings of work. However, with Columbia clinging to a one-run lead in the eighth the Cougars capitalized on four walks surrendered by two different Lions’ relievers. Houston went ahead off a wild pitch on ball four to extend the ballgame.
Things evened out in the top of the 10th when walks helped the Lions regain the lead. Joe Engel led the inning off with a single, Cerfolio worked a walk after a sac bunt and Julian Bury recorded an infield single to fill the base paths. AJ DiFillipo took a 3-2 pitch for ball four to make it 3-2.
Houston tied things up again in the bottom of the inning, using a leadoff double from Lockhart. Another free base put the tying run in scoring position, but the Lions were able to get the lead runner on a groundout to keep the force play in order. The Cougars ran a successful double steal to put runners on second and third with one out and a sac fly moved things into the 11th.
Randell Kanemaru reached base for the first time in the game, leading off the 11th, but was picked off to end the frame before Houston won it. The hit extended his on-base streak to 35 games, which is now the second longest streak in the nation after Jacksonville State’s Taylor Hawthorne’s 39-game string ended Saturday. Kansas State’s Will Brennan is riding a 41-game streak, dating back to last season.
Dan Harrington quickly sent down the first two Houston batters before Hollis singled through the right side to keep things going. After a walk, Lockhart picked up his second two-bagger of the game to give Houston the walk-off win.