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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Jordan Chriss tossed seven innings of one-run ball and Julian Bury was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored to propel the Columbia baseball team to an 8-2 victory over Brown to open up a three-game series. The Lions improved to 10-21 overall and 6-4 in Ivy League play with the win.
Chriss (1-4) scattered six hits and struck out four to earn the decision.
Columbia used a leadoff infield single from Ben Porter to start a two-run second inning. Porter stole second and came home when Bury notched a base-hit. AJ DiFillipo followed with a double and Lane Robinette plated Bury with a groundout to make it 2-0.
A Liam McGill sac fly brought in Robinette, who doubled earlier in the fourth, to extend the margin to three. DiFillipo scored on a passed ball in the sixth and Joe Engel’s RBI double brought the lead to 5-0 in the seventh.
The Bears (7-17, 3-7) broke up the shutout bid in the seventh, but the Lions answered with two in the eighth.
Bury led things off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a balk. After Robinette was hit by a pitch, Columbia ran a double steal with runners on the corners and a misplay by the second baseman allowed Bury to reach home safely. McGill added an RBI single to give Columbia a 7-1 advantage.
In the ninth, three walks set the table for another RBI opportunity for Robinette, who cashed in with a sacrifice fly. Brown tried to rally with two outs with a pair of hits in its last at-bats, but settled for just one run on a misplay in the outfield as Dan Harrington closed things out.
Engel’s double pushed his hitting streak to 15 games. Chandler Bengtson walked in the top of the first to extend his on-base streak to 28 games.
The Lions and Bears will complete their set tomorrow, April 14, for a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is slated for 11:30 a.m.