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NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team used a four-RBI performance from Joe Engel and strong pitching on a staff day to claim a 10-1 victory over Fordham Wednesday afternoon. The Lions (13-21) have now won four-straight heading into their weekend Ivy League series with Princeton.
Engel went 2-for-4 with a homer and reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Julian Bury continued his hot stretch, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
Tim Post (2-1) tossed three innings of shutout ball and faced the minimum nine batters, thanks to Lane Robinette throwing off a potential base-stealer and picking off another to help keep the Rams (22-12-1) off the scoreboard. In total, Columbia pitching has allowed just one run in its last 22 innings of work, dating back to the middle game at Brown on April 15.
Bury led the bottom of the first off with a single and two straight walks loaded the bases. With one away, Engel reached on a fielder’s choice after Fordham’s first baseman could not glove a relay throw on a potential double play to open the scoring.
After the Rams stranded a pair in the top of the fourth, Columbia added some insurance runs in the bottom of the frame. Chandler Bengtson started the rally with a walk, leading to Engel’s first dinger of the year and second of his career to make it 3-0.
The Lions put up a run in the fifth and three-spots in both the sixth and seventh innings to effectively put the game away. Singles from Bury and Randell Kanemaru gave Columbia runners on the corners and Engel legged out an infield single for his fourth RBI of the afternoon.
Fordham broke through with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Lions answered when Robinette doubled in AJ DiFillipo and Bengtson provided a two-run single to extend the margin to 7-1.
Columbia's series-opening doubleheader Saturday against Princeton will mark Alumni Day, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Between games, the Lions will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 2008 Ivy League Championship Squad. Sunday’s single contest is set for a 1 p.m. start. All three games will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.