Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbia 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Houston 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 11 0
Chriss (L, 0-3) 2.0 8 6 6 0 1
Bahm 4.0 3 0 0 1 1
Harrington 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
Post 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Hitting Leaders
Karo 3 1 2 0 0 0
Kanemaru 4 0 2 0 0 0
Bengtson 3 1 1 1 0 1

HOUSTON — A four-run second inning by Houston helped the Cougars earn a 6-2 victory and complete a two-game sweep of the Columbia baseball team. The Lions, who fell to 3-15 on the year, wrapped up a 10-game Texas swing and will get set for their home and Ivy League opener next weekend against Yale.

Houston scored all six runs off starter Jordan Chriss, who fell to 0-3 on the year. After retiring the leadoff batter, the Cougars registered four consecutive singles with Lael Lockhart and Jared Triolo coming up with the RBI’s.

Chandler Bengtson led off the top of the second with his second home run of the season to cut the deficit in half, but Houston went right back to work in the bottom of the frame.

Two singles and a hit batter set the table for Joe Davis, who cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center. Lockhart continued his strong series with another base-hit to knock in Davis and make it 6-1.

The Lions pulled within four with a run off a wild pitch with runners on the corners in the third, but were held to just four hits the rest of the way, thanks in part to a solid relief effort from Ryan Randel. Randel went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

Columbia’s bullpen also excelled, receiving 6.0 innings of shutout ball from Zack Bahm, Dan Harrington and Timmy Post.

Randell Kanemaru went 2-for-4, pushing his on-base streak to 36 consecutive games. Matt Karo also had a strong game from the dish, going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored.

The Lions will welcome the defending Ivy League Champions, Yale to Robertson Field at Satow Stadium for a three-game series to kick off the new Ancient Eight format. Columbia and the Bulldogs will play twice Saturday, March 24 (both nine-inning contests), starting at 11:30 a.m. The finale will be a single-game Sunday, March 25 with first pitch set for 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.