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NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team earned its seventh consecutive victory over St. John’s with a 7-6 triumph Wednesday. The Lions came from behind on a pair of occasions to improve to 8-18 on the year.
Columbia used nine different pitchers in the contest on a staff day. Tim Post, Jordan Chriss, Dan Harrington, Leo Pollack and Lucas Hall all tossed scoreless frames. Hall picked up his second consecutive save, holding the lead in the ninth inning.
The Red Storm (14-10) drew even in the fourth when Rob Boselli III hit a ball that the Columbia rightfielder lost in the sun and wind for a triple and a sac fly made it 1-1. An error to start the fifth inning helped give St. John’s its first lead of the afternoon. Two more singles loaded the bases and Josh Shaw singled to plate the go-ahead run. The next batter was hit by a pitch with the bases full for an insurance run and Wyatt Mascarella chopped one to the hole for the Lions’ shortstop, but Joe Engel could not make a play as the Red Storm claimed a 4-1 advantage.
However, St. John’s starter Jeff Belge lost command in the bottom of the frame, and three walks filled the base paths for Matt Cerfolio. The first-year delivered a bases-clearing double down the line in right to tie things up, but the Red Storm manufactured another run to go back in front in the top of the sixth.
A leadoff double and sacrifice bunt put a runner on third for leadoff man John Valente, who skied a fly ball deep enough to score teammate Anthony Brocato.
More walks plagued the Red Storm in the bottom of the sixth. After Matt Karo and Jack Chernow drew base-on-balls, Randell Kanemaru singled to bring in the tying run from second. Joe Engel kept the rally going by legging out his second infield single of the day and Bengtson added some needed insurance with a two-run single.
St. John’s cut the deficit in half with a two-out rally in the seventh, but Leo Pollack worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Lane Robinette caught a runner stealing to extend his Ivy League lead to eight on the year in the ninth to keep Columbia in front the rest of the way.
Kanemaru’s national-leading streak of reaching base was pushed to 46 consecutive games with his walk and hit. Cerfolio regained the team lead in RBI and now has 19 on the year.
The Lions are slated to head to Dartmouth to resume Ivy League action. The series will feature a doubleheader Saturday, April 7, beginning at 11:30, before a single game Sunday, April 8, at 1 p.m. All three contests can be seen on the Ivy League Network.