|Wereski (L, 1-3)||3.0||6||7||7||2||6|
HANOVER, N.H. – Chandler Bengtson’s two three-run homers helped the Columbia baseball team pick up a 12-3 win over Dartmouth. The junior, who finished with three homers on the day, helped the Lions (9-20, 5-4) avoid a three-game sweep as the Big Green (7-14-1, 3-2-1) earned a 10-4 decision in game one to take the series.
In the opener, the Lions scored in the first three innings and held a 4-0 lead before the Big Green erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third.
Liam McGill belted his fourth home run of the season to put Columbia in front 1-0 in the top of the first. In the second, Jack Chernow plated AJ DiFillipo with a base-hit and McGill hit a slow grounder to third with the bases loaded to give the Lions a three-run cushion. In the third, Bengtson broke his tie with McGill for the squad’s home run lead before Dartmouth went to work in the bottom of the inning.
Bennett McCaskill put the Big Green on the board with a solo shot to lead things off. A pair of walks set up a Dustin Shirley RBI double to make it 4-2. With runners on second and third, Columbia starter Ben Wereski made a play on a bunt and opted to throw home, but the relay was wide of the plate, allowing both runs to score. A Justin Fowler double put Dartmouth ahead and Michael Calamari went deep to cap the inning’s scoring and put the score 7-4 in favor of the Big Green.
In the sixth, Bryce Barr came in with the bases loaded and no outs and held Dartmouth to just one run off a sac fly. The Big Green pushed the margin to 10-4 in the eighth after a balk was called with runners on the corners and Holbrook drove in a run with a base hit.
McGill went 3-for-5 and was a triple shy of the cycle. Lane Robinette went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Wereski fell to 1-3 after being charged with seven runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
|Egly (W, 1-3)||5.1||4||2||2||1||4|
It was the Lions turn to come back in the nightcap, erasing a 2-0 early hole. In the bottom of the second, a leadoff walk followed by a double led to a sacrifice fly to begin the scoring. Steffen Torgersen added an RBI single with two outs to bring in Calamari.
RBI hits from Cerfolio and Randell Kanemaru in the third and fourth innings tied the score and DiFillipo hit a flare to left to put Columbia in front, 3-2, in the fifth. Starter Harrisen Egly settled in, keeping Dartmouth off the board and allowing just two more hits in his final 3.1 innings of work.
In the sixth, Bengtson mashed a 3-2 pitch for a no-doubt homer to right, scoring Chernow and McGill, who walked and singled earlier in the frame. A balk trimmed the Lions’ lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh before Bengtson struck again in the eighth.
A hit batter and walk set the table for the Fresno, California, native, who notched his seventh big fly of the year inside the foul pole down the rightfield line. Columbia kept the inning rolling with a walk by Joe Engel and three consecutive hits from Bury, DiFillipo and Matt Karo. Karo’s knock up the middle brought in a pair. A wild pitch capped the six-run rally, putting the game out of reach, 12-3.
Bengtson, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, is now riding a 26-game on-base streak and has 17 career homers, tied with Kanemaru for 10th on the Lions’ all-time list. This is his third career game with five or more RBI after posting a pair of seven-RBI performances in 2017.
Bury went 4-for-6 and DiFillipo was 3-for-6. Each scored two runs apiece. Engel notched a hit in each game, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games.
Egly moved to 1-3 on the year and allowed just the two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
The Lions will remain on the road when they head down I-95 to face Monmouth on Wednesday, April 11. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.