|Chriss (L, 2-5)||8.1||9||3||2||0||4|
NEW YORK — The Columbia baseball team scored a season-high in runs in its 20-4 game two victory over Penn on Senior Day. The Lions (15-25, 10-7) were edged in the opener 3-2, but are now alone in second place in the Ivy League standings by virtue of Harvard being swept at Cornell in Ithaca.
Gabe Kleiman went the distance in game one, allowing five hits and struck out 12 to improve to 2-6 on the season. Jordan Chriss (2-5) was nearly as good, tossing 8.1 innings of three-run ball (two earned) and fanned four.
Sean Phelan drove his fifth home run of the season over the wall in center to put the Quakers (13-23-1, 7-9-1) in front 1-0 in the top of the second. Chandler Bengtson answered with a solo homer in the bottom of the frame for his 10th of the year to even things up.
Penn took the lead for good in the third when Christian Walton and Chris Adams reached via hits to start the inning. Eduardo Malinowski plated the go-ahead run with an RBI single.
Kleiman faced the minimum number of batters from the third until the eighth when AJ DiFillipo notched a two-out single. In the middle of that, an insurance run came in after an outfielder dropped a fly ball in
Liam McGill posted an opposite-field homer with two outs in the ninth, but Kleiman struck out the side to close the book.
|Wereski (W, 2-4)||5.0||9||4||3||1||3|
|Wiest (S, 1)||4.0||0||0||0||1||5|
The nightcap started as a back-and-forth affair with two ties and two lead changes in the first three innings. After Penn pulled within two runs, Ty Wiest slammed the door with four innings of no-hit relief with five strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.
Both teams put up two-spots in the first inning. Matt McGeagh and Matt O’Neill notched RBI knocks before Joe Engel evened things up with a two-run double to make it 2-2.
In the third, an error on a pickoff attempt helped Penn knot things up again, but the Lions leap-frogged the Quakers for good in the bottom of the frame. McGill led things off with a ground-rule double and came in on Engel’s third RBI of the afternoon. Cerfolio brought in two more extend the margin to 6-3 when he pulled a single through the right side.
McGeagh brought Penn within two with a solo homer to start the fifth, before Wiest came in and kept the Quakers off the board before the offense erupted.
Columbia scored five runs in the six, all with two outs, starting with a home run by Randell Kanemaru. With the bases loaded, Ben Porter drove in two runs with a double to put the Lions
Two walks and a hit batter led to another opportunity for Ben Porter, who cashed in with an RBI knock. An error on a dropped throw at the plate and a DiFillipo walk with the bases loaded gave Columbia 10-run advantage.
The Lions put the finishing touches on the victory with six runs in the eighth, keyed by pinch-hitters Mark Patrick Flynn, who’s single loaded the bases for Michael Kuzbel, who came off the bench for a three-run triple. After Engel posted his fourth RBI of the contest, Josh Nicoloff blasted a two-run shot to complete the victory.
Columbia and Penn will complete the three-game series Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. Admission