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HANOVER, N.H. – Matt Feinstein’s three-run homer in the bottom of the second wound up being the difference in Dartmouth’s 5-4 victory over the Columbia baseball team Saturday afternoon. The Lions and Big Green will complete the series tomorrow, April 8, with a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Lane Robinette drove in three of the four Columbia (8-19, 4-3) runs with a sac fly and two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Jordan Chriss came on to work 3.2 scoreless innings to keep the Lions in the contest and Leo Pollack pitched an unblemished ninth in his league-leading 15th appearance of the season.
Dartmouth (6-13-1, 2-1-1) loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with a single and pair of walks. Michael Calamari hit a slow grounder to the bag at first to open the scoring before Ty Wiest limited the damage with one of his five strikeouts to end the frame.
The Big Green quickly went back in their next turn at-bats. Nate Ostmo tripled to lead things off and came in on Blake Crossing’s RBI single. Another base hit set the table for Feinstein, who took a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left to make it 5-1.
Robinette’s blast cut the deficit to two in the fourth and with Chriss cruising, the Lions best opportunity to tie or take the lead came in the seventh. Liam McGill singled to put the leadoff man on and Matt Cerfolio drew a walk. After a call to the bullpen, Joe Engel extended his hitting streak to 11 games to load the bases. However, Columbia had to settle for just one run after Bury hit into a fielder’s choice to score McGill and reliever Austen Michel got another ground ball to wiggle out of trouble.
Michel went on to retire the Lions in order in the eighth and ninth innings to pick up his third save of the year.
Randell Kanemaru was 0-for-5, ending his national-leading 46-game on-base streak. Bengtson was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, pushing his string of consecutive games reaching base to 24.