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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Columbia baseball team scored a season-high nine runs and came up with some key defensive plays late to pick up a 9-3 victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio Friday night. The Lions (2-7) received a strong outing from starter Ty Wiest and chased the Roadrunners’ (5-6) ace, Derek Craft after just 2.1 innings.
Ty Wiest (1-2) picked up the victory, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits to go with four strikeouts.
Craft came into the game without allowing a run and issued just one walk in his first two outings. However, the hard-throwing right-hander issued two
After Engel’s first beaning, Matt Cerfolio hit a bloop single to put runners on first and second to begin the top of the second. AJ DiFillipo stepped in for his first at-bat of the season and roped a ball to the gap in right-center for a triple to make it 2-0. Jack Chernow dropped in a base hit to shallow center to bring in DiFillipo for an insurance run.
In the third, the Lions loaded the bases after a Liam McGill single, a walk to Chandler Bengtson and Engel was plunked for the second time. Cerfolio plated two more runs poking an opposite-field single to left for his second hit of the night.
The Roadrunners broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Trent Bowles singled to third base and advanced to second on a
McGill and Bengtson hit back-to-back homers to begin the fifth to make it 7-1 in favor of the Lions. The duo became the first Columbia players to accomplish the feat since Gus Craig and Joey Falcone did it at Fordham in April 2015.
Randell Kanemaru doubled off the wall in center to tack on two more runs in the sixth, but UTSA’s bats started to get going in the bottom of the frame. Wiest ran into trouble for the first time in the sixth, allowing two singles and Brookover delivered a two-out RBI single to make it 9-2.
Dylan Rock pulled the Roadrunners a little closer with a pinch-hit homer to start the seventh and the next batter drew a walk before reliever Timmy Post induced a double-play and recorded a strikeout to limit the damage. Columbia’s defense came up with two more big plays in the eighth to keep UTSA off the board as well.
With runners on first and second and no outs, Engel made a diving stop moving toward the bag and flipped the ball to second to get the force play. Then, Post was aided by a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the jam unscathed. Lucas Hall worked a perfect ninth to seal the deal.
Chernow went 2-for-3 with a run scored and the RBI. McGill was 2-for-4 and the long ball was his second of the season. Kanemaru’s streak of reaching base extended to 29 games after a base on balls in the first inning.
The Lions and Roadrunners are slated for a double-dip Saturday, March 10. Game one is slated for a 2 p.m. start with the nightcap to follow approximately 30 minutes after the opener.