|Pollack (W, 2-1)||2.1||2||0||0||0||3|
|Hall (S, 4)||1.0||1||0||0||0||3|
NEW YORK – Three pitchers combined to shutout Princeton in game one of a doubleheader, but the Tigers answered with a 10-5 victory in game two to pick up a split against the Columbia baseball team Saturday. Ben Porter’s two-run double in the sixth inning was the difference in the Lions’ (14-22, 9-5) triumph.
Starter Jordan Chriss struck out six in his 5.2 innings of scoreless ball. He exited with two on in the top of the sixth with two on, but Leo Pollack froze a pinch-hitter for the Tigers (9-17, 6-5) to keep the shutout intact.
An infield single by Liam McGill and
Columbia had opportunities to add to the lead in the seventh and eighth, but Tigers’ reliever Eli Kimbell worked out of a pair of jams to stay within striking distance.
In the ninth Princeton had one last opportunity off of Lucas Hall. The leadoff man reached via
Porter went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks to lead the Lions.
Both teams stranded 10 baserunners with Princeton holding a 10-7 edge on hits.
|Wereski (L, 1-4)||3.2||5||6||6||3||5|
A six-run fourth inning was the difference in the nightcap, however, Chandler Bengtson put the Lions in front with a solo shot, extending his Ivy League lead to nine on the year.
Princeton sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth. Jesper Horsted worked a leadoff walk and a Taylor Beckett single brought up Connor Nolan, who went 6-for-9 in the two games combined. Nolan doubled to right to put the Tigers in front. The Lions conceded a run on a ground ball and Randell Kanemaru tried to make an acrobatic play to get a force out, tossing the ball with his glove to second, but the attempt was wild as two more runners came around. An infield single loaded the bases and Princeton reached on consecutive walks to take a 6-1 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Ramzi Haddad and Jake Boone tallied RBI hits to make it an eight-run cushion. Haddad then put the finishing touches on his 4-for-5 day, driving in another run in the sixth.
Columbia was held to just three hits through the first seven innings before putting up a four-spot in the eighth. Porter and DiFillipo posted singles and Matt Karo cut the deficit to 10-3 with a double. Kanemaru belted a two-run homer to make it a five-run game, but could draw no closer.
Ben Wereski (1-4) allowed six runs over 3.2 innings, striking out five. Porter was the only Lion to notch multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
The rubber match between Columbia and Princeton is set for a 1 p.m. start tomorrow, April 22. Admission is free. The game will also be shown live on the Ivy League Network.