NEW YORK – Will Savage and Gus Craig combined for six of Columbia’s 12 hits, as the Lions rebounded from an early 4-1 deficit to defeat the visiting Fordham Rams, 7-5, on a blustery Wednesday at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. Columbia has now won 14 straight games, the longest current win streak in the nation.
Six Columbia pitchers took the hill with Zack Tax earning his second win of the season after throwing two scoreless innings in relief.
Senior Aaron Silbar got the Lions on the board in the bottom of the first when he lined a double down the left field line to bring home Savage all the way from first.
Fordham fired back in the top half of the second with four runs. Jason Lundy scored the first run on a wild pitch to knot the game at 1-1. Tim Swatek, who went 3-for-5 for the Rams on the day, made it a 4-1 game with a three-run shot that cleared the right field wall.
Columbia chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the second, scoring a pair of runs. Craig got the Lions going right away, ripping the cover off the ball and sending it over the right field wall just inside the right field foul pole. The second run came with the use of small-ball and heads-up base running. With two outs, Jordan Serena walked and Savage laid down a bunt single. The pair then went in motion with a double steal with the throw by Fordham catcher Charles Galiano hitting in front of his third baseman before getting knocked out of play, giving Serena the right to home.
The Rams went back up by two in the fourth inning on a Tyler Runco infield single.
Columbia came back and evened the score up at 5-5 in the bottom half of the frame, thanks to a pair of RBI from designated hitter Joey Falcone. Savage and Silbar each knocked one-out singles, setting Falcone up for a drive back up the middle on a 1-2 pitch that scored both.
After two scoreless frames, Columbia regained the lead for good in the seventh. Gus Craig, who was hit by a pitch with one out, was able to score from first on John Kinne’s single after the Rams’ right fielder was unable to field the ball cleanly, delaying its return back to the infield.
Mike Fischer added an insurance RBI in the eighth, singling through the left side to plate Falcone who had earned his second walk of the game earlier in the inning.
Ryan Marks tossed a hitless 1.2 innings to close out the game for Columbia, earning the save, the first of his collegiate career.
Columbia will conclude the regular season this Friday and Saturday with a home-and-home against Penn. The Lions begin the series in Philadelphia on Friday at 1 p.m. before returning to New York City for the final two games on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The two squads are tied atop the Gehrig Division at 13-3 with a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series up for grabs.