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NEW ORLEANS, La. — Randell Kanemaru drove in the go-ahead run to and Chandler Bengtson capped a six-run ninth with a grand slam homer as the Columbia baseball team earned an 11-5 victory over Tulane Saturday night for the team’s first win of the season. Bengtson hit two homers on the day and finished with seven RBI.
Much like the series opener, the teams took a scoreless tie into the bottom of the fifth inning, despite both teams putting runners on base and into scoring position.
The Green Wave (5-13) capitalized on their chance in the bottom of the inning. A single and walk set the table for Grant Witherspoon, who delivered a base-hit to open the scoring. Another free pass loaded the bases with two outs, but Josh Simpson fanned the next batter to keep it a one-run ballgame.
In the top of the sixth, Columbia (1-10) broke through. Kanemaru led things off with a base knock to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. With one away, Liam McGill singled to push Kanemaru into scoring position for AJ DiFillipo, who dropped in a single just under the glove of the charging leftfielder to tie the score. One batter later, Bengtson yanked an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right to put the Lions in front, 4-1. It was the sophomore’s first hit of the season after 16 previous at bats.
Columbia’s tally broke a scoreless streak of 18.1 innings dating back to Wednesday’s game at Southern Miss.
Tulane’s Kody Hoese notched a one-out double and came around to score when Paul Gozzo punched a single to left to trim the margin to two. The Lions restored the three-run cushion after Shane Adams was hit by a pitch and Ben Porter doubled into the leftfield corner to plate the speedy Adams all the way from first.
Two walks doomed Columbia in the bottom of the seventh, and Jarett DeHart belted a three-run homer of his own to even the contest, 5-5. From there, Zack Bahm locked things down, allowing just one base runner in 1.2 innings of relief to keep the Green Wave off the board to set up the big Lions ninth.
Adams worked a leadoff walk before Porter was plunked before he could lay down a sacrifice bunt attempt. Kanemaru found room over the bag at second to knock in Adams and give the Lions the lead for good. Liam McGill earned a free pass, and with two outs, Bengtson hit a no-doubt shot to right-center to put the game away.
Harrisen Egly worked a perfect ninth to seal the deal.
Bahm evened his record at 1-1. Simpson went five innings and surrendered just the one run on five hits to go with five K’s.
Bengtson was the first player to record seven RBI in a game since Robb Paller accomplished the feat against Fordham in 2015. He is also the first Lion to record two dingers in a game since Joey Falcone against Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series.
Joe Engel was 2-for-5 and McGill reached base on all five of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks and a pair of runs scored.
For the Green Wave, Paul Gozzo was 3-for-3. Jack Hogan (0-1) picked up the loss.
Columbia will conclude its nine-game spring break trip with one more contest against Tulane, Sunday, March 19. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. ET.