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NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team held off Harvard, 9-6, to claim another Ivy League series victory Sunday afternoon. The Lions led 6-1 before the Crimson chipped away and tied the game in the sixth before Columbia rallied for three in the bottom of the frame.
Egly fanned the first two batters of the game before surrendering a single and walk set up an RBI base-hit from Patrick Robinson to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.
McGill quickly erased the deficit with a double to bring in Randell Kanemaru, who was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. Chandler Bengtson drew a two-out walk and Joe Engel pulled a single to left to put the Lions on top, 2-1.
The Lions batted through the order in the bottom of the second and used McGill’s double over the head of the
In the top of the third, Austin Black came through with a two-out single to bring in Jake Allen and Harvard rattled off three in the fourth to make it 6-5. With two on, Ben Skinner doubled down the line in left and after Leo Pollack struck out a pair to keep it a three-run game, Jake Suddleson drew the Crimson within one with a two-run single.
A hit batter began Harvard’s bid to knot the score and a sacrifice pushed the runner into scoring position for Patrick McColl, who dropped in a single to even things up 6-6 before Columbia answered in its next at-bats.
Jack Chernow singled and Randell Kanemaru
The Crimson brought the tying run to the plate off
First two batters draw walks. Enter Bryce Barr. One pitch, two outs! pic.twitter.com/qYY6edXwt3— Columbia Baseball (@CULionsBaseball) April 1, 2018
Barr worked a perfect eighth and retired all 11 Crimson batters he faced in two appearances in the series. Lucas Hall earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Columbia completes its homestand Wednesday, April 4 when St. John’s visits Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.