NEW YORK —The Columbia baseball team and Harvard split a doubleheader Saturday with the Crimson taking game one, 11-6, and the Lions claiming a 7-1 victory in the nightcap to set up a rubber game tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.
Despite Columbia (6-18, 3-2) putting up a four-spot in the first inning, thanks to RBI’s from Liam McGill, Chandler Bengtson and Julian Bury, Harvard (9-12, 1-1) rallied with four in the fourth and five in the fifth to take control of the ballgame.
Ty Wiest had little issue getting through the first three innings, but the Crimson put the ball in play with regularity the third time through the lineup. The first three Harvard batters recorded hits, capped by a Matt Rothenberg RBI double. With runners on the corners and no outs, Hunter Bigge beat a tag at the plate off a chopper to first to cut the deficit in half. An infield single made it a one-run game and the tying run came in when a wild pitch on strike three wound up to the backstop for a wild pitch.
Jake Suddleson provided a go-ahead homer to start the fifth and a pair of walks with the bases loaded allowed two more to come in before a two-run base-hit by Patrick McColl.
The Lions began chipping away with runs in the sixth and seventh. In the sixth, Julian Bury’s single up the middle brought in Joe Engel and Chandler Bengtson launched his fourth homer of the season over the wall in center to pull Columbia within 9-6.
However, Harvard regained some breathing room when Patrick Robinson connected with a 1-1 pitch for a two-run bomb.
Wiest (1-3) lasted 4.0 innings and was charged with seven runs with four strikeouts. Mark Patrick Flynn struck out the side in a scoreless ninth.
|Wereski (W, 1-2)||7.1||7||1||1||3||7|
|Barr (S, 1)||1.2||0||0||0||0||4|
NEW YORK — Ben Wereski posted the longest outing of the season for a Columbia starter in the nightcap, going 7.1 innings and allowing just one run on seven hits with a career-high seven strikeouts. Bryce Barr entered a 5-1 game with the tying run on deck and struck out four of the five batters he faced for his first save of the year.
Just like game one, the Lions took the lead in the bottom of the first. McGill and Matt Cerfolio started the rally with a single and double before Joe Engel hit a hard roller that kicked off the mound for a base-knock.
Wereski did have to work out of jams in the first two innings, including a bases-loaded situation in the first, but the Crimson did not break through until the third. After retiring the first two batters, Robinson made it 2-1 with a single to center after Suddleson doubled off the wall in right.
Kanemaru got that run back for Columbia in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff homer to push his on-base streak to 44 consecutive games. Cerfolio picked up his second single of the game and came around after Bengtson hit an opposite-field double to left-center for another insurance tally.
Bengtson had another extra-base hit with a “Little League” home run in the fifth. With Kanemaru on first, the junior first baseman popped a ball into the leftfield corner. With sunny skies and swirling winds, the ball fell between the outfielder and the shortstop to bring in Kanemaru and put Bengtson at third. The relay throw bounced over the third baseman’s shoulder and out of play to give Bengtson an extra base and extend the margin to 5-1.
The Lions tacked on two more in the seventh on Kanemaru and McGill RBI’s to complete the scoring.
Barr stranded both runners he inherited with one out in the eighth and struck out the side in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the win.
Admission to tomorrow’s game is free. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.