PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Columbia baseball team rolled to its fourth straight win with an Ivy League doubleheader sweep over Brown on Sunday at Murray Stadium.
The Lions won with ease by scores of 2-0 and 13-4 to finish off their first Ivy League road weekend in dominating style with back-to-back doubleheader sweeps following yesterday’s wins over Yale.
Columbia improved to 13-15 overall with a 6-2 Ivy League mark, while Brown fell to 3-19 on the season and 1-7 in Ivy League action.
Game 1 Recap:
The strong arm of Columbia starter Tim Giel (2-2) propelled the Lions to their first victory of the day, as the senior threw a complete game shutout, allowing five hits and fanning six without any walks.
The Lions doubled their lead in the third frame with a leadoff solo home run by Serena.
Brown threatened to even the score in the fourth. Cody Slaughter and Dan Massey opened the frame with consecutive singles and advanced to second and third after Jake Levine hit a sacrifice bunt for out number one. However, Giel remained solid on the hill and held the Bears scoreless for the win.
Brown's Kevin Carlow (0-4) also threw a complete game with five hits over the seven-inning contest, but was charged with the loss as he also allowed two earned runs and six walks.
Game 2 Recap:
The bats came alive for Columbia in game two, as the Lions smacked 19 hits, marking the most hits in a single game since the Lions posted 22 at South Alabama back on March 14, 2011.
Columbia’s 13 runs and 11 RBI were also season-highs, led by Nick Ferraresi’s 4-for-5 day with a career-high four hits, including two runs scored and one RBI. David Vandercook went 2-for-4 as he knocked in a team-leading four RBI, including a two-run home run.
Overall, six different Lions had multiple hit games. Serena went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two doubles and a triple, while also stealing his 13th base of the season. Aaron Silbar was also 3-for-5 with one RBI, while Black and Nick Crucet ripped two hits apiece.
The Bears also recorded double-digit hits, finishing with 11 overall.
Columbia starter Adam Cline (2-3) allowed six of those hits in five innings of work with three runs and six strikeouts to notch the win. Kevin Roy let up another trio of hits and the fourth and final run of the game over the next two innings, while Zack Tax and Thomas Crispi finished off the final two frames, holding the Bears hitless and scoreless.
It was a tight battle over the first five frames of the contest.
The Lions went ahead 1-0 in the first after Serena drew a walk, stole second and scored on an error by the catcher.
Brown responded by taking its first lead of the day in the second frame with a two-run double by Dan Kerr.
Columbia came back and knotted the score at 2-2 in the third, as Mike Fischer drew a leadoff walk and scored once Serena tripled down the right field line.
After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, the Lions regained their lead in the fifth, as Fischer hit a leadoff single to left center and scored after Serena doubled down to left field. However, the Bears continued to fight, once again evening the score in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double by Will Marcal.
A commanding five-run sixth inning pushed Columbia’s lead to 8-3, as the Lions did not look back the rest of the way. With one out, Ferraresi and Silbar started the rally with back-to-back singles, and Vandercook sent them both home to score with an RBI triple. Brown reliever Eddie Fitzpatrick came in to pitch for Dave St. Lawrence and walked Fischer to start things off. Crucet then doubled to left field, scoring Vandercook and Fischer. The final run of the inning came due to a throwing error by third base as Crucet capitalized on the play.
Columbia’s hot bats weren’t quite done yet, as the Lions roared on with a four-run rally in the seventh. Falcone cranked a leadoff triple into center field and scored on a RBI single by Ferraresi. Silbar then sent Ferraresi to the plate with a RBI single of his own, forcing the Bears to call in Will Lacker from the pen. Vandercook exploded with his first homer of the season to put the exclamation point on the huge two-inning rally, giving Columbia a comfortable 12-3 lead.
The Bears attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh after a solo home run by John Sheridan, but that would be the final score of the day for Brown.
The Lions tacked on one more insurance run in the eighth after Serena hit a leadoff double through the left side and scored thanks to Black's single into center field.
Columbia will look to extend its winning streak to five as the Lions return home for a non-conference contest against St. John’s on Tuesday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m.