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NEW YORK — Ben Porter’s RBI single in the eighth inning broke a tie ballgame to push the Columbia baseball team past Penn, 8-6, Sunday. The Lions (16-25, 11-7) remain in sole possession of the second and final Ivy League Championship spot with one series left at Cornell in two weeks.
With the game knotted at 6-6, AJ DiFillipo led off the eighth with his third single of the contest and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Chernow. Porter came up and took a 2-2 pitch to the opposite field in right to put Columbia in front for good. Porter helped add a key insurance run by stealing his third base of the game and came around when Liam McGill dropped in a single to short left-center.
In the ninth, Lucas Hall recorded the first two outs without incident, but the Quakers (13-24-1, 7-10-1) did not go without a fight. With Penn down to its final strike twice, Eduardo Malinowski doubled and Sean Phelan worked a walk to put the tying runs on base. However, the next batter popped up to right to seal the deal.
The Quakers grabbed the lead in the fourth on Sean McGeagh RBI knock before the team exchanged five-run innings.
DiFillipo scored on an RBI double from Randell Kanemaru, who missed hitting a two-run shot by inches at the wall in left. Porter followed with
However, three consecutive hits started the top of the sixth, bringing Penn within 5-2. A groundout brought in Chris Adams from third and Peter Matt tied the score with a two-run single. A sac fly brought in the go-ahead run, but the Quakers lead would be
Porter drew a one-out walk, swiped second without a throw, and Liam McGill doubled for the second straight inning to even things up, 6-6.
The Lions round out non-conference play Tuesday, May 1, at Rutgers. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.