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NEW YORK – Manhattan's Michael Pfenninger came up with a double in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Jaspers to an 8-7 victory over the Columbia baseball team Wednesday. The contest was the conclusion of a suspended game after eight innings due to darkness. Play resumed with the score tied in the top of the ninth this afternoon.
After both teams worked scoreless ninths, a leadoff single from Brendan Bisset led to a sacrifice bunt to push the leading run into scoring position. Pfenninger followed with a double to the gap to put Manhattan (12-10) up for good. The Lions' (5-17) Lane Robinette just missed a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the inning, but his towering shot went just foul down the leftfield line and Columbia was retired in order by T.J. Stuart to pick up the win.
Yesterday, Columbia was aggressive early and after Randell Kanemaru and Liam McGill started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles, the Lions went in front 1-0. A long fly out pushed McGill to third and he came around to score when the Jaspers (11-10-1) could not turn a double play to get out of the inning.
Manhattan’s Matt Padre, who finished a home run shy of the cycle, doubled in a run in the top of the second before Joe In Engel delivered the first of three RBI on the day in the bottom of the frame. The junior shortstop found a hole between the shortstop and third baseman to bring in Kanemaru, who registered a check-swing double that fell between the first baseman and a deep playing
However, Padre stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a triple off the wall in left to even things up and Adam Genners plated the go-ahead run with a single with two outs in the top of the fourth.
The Lions pulled even at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth when McGill reached on a single and Engel hammered the first pitch of his next at-bat with a triple down the leftfield line.
Manhattan regained the lead in the top of the seventh, capitalizing on a leadoff walk and the run scoring on Matt Forlow’s triple, one of four recorded by both teams on the day. With runners on the corners, Richie Barella hit a grounder to second that the Lions bobbled trying to get the runner moving to second to prevent an inning-ending double play to add a Jaspers’ insurance run.
Columbia cut the deficit in half after a fielding error on Manhattan’s third baseman. AJ DiFillipo went opposite field, singling to left-center, pushing Nicoloff to third and the first-year scored on a wild pitch to bring the Lions within 7-6. Kanemaru was in the middle of another rally in the bottom of the eighth, notching his second triple of the year to lead off the inning. Engel hit a fly ball to right, deep enough to knot things up again, but the Lions could not add another run before the umpires opted to suspend the ballgame.
Kanemaru's nation-leading on-base streak moved to 42 consecutive games with his double in the first inning.
For the Jaspers, Padre knocked in four runs on his three hits. Joe DiTorrice fanned three batters in his 2.1 innings of
Columbia returns to Ivy League play this weekend when Harvard comes to begin a three-game series Saturday, March 31. Game one is slated for an 11:30 a.m. start with the second game to follow approximately 30 minutes following the opener. Admission is free. The games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.