Baseball Takes Two From Yale in Pair of High-Scoring Games
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Columbia outscored Yale 13-9 to win the opener of Saturday's doubleheader before using timely hitting and solid relief pitching to complete the doubleheader sweep with an 8-6 win in game two.


Game 1


Columbia posted a huge second inning, scoring seven runs to jump out in front and seize the game’s momentum. 


Bobby O'Brien, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, started the inning with a single, and following a pair of walks, Nick Cox singled with one out to plate the first run.  After an RBI groundout by Jon Eisen, the Lions scored five runs with two outs. 


Dean Forthun drove home a pair with an RBI single and Mike Roberts brought home two more with a run-scoring double.  In his second turn at bat during the inning, O’Brien singled home Roberts, making it 7-0.


The Lions scored three more in the 3rd, including a two-run single by Ron Williams with the bases loaded, to make it 10-0.


After not allowing a hit over the first three innings, Joe Scarlata yielded a single run to Yale in the fourth, but Columbia responded with a run of its own in the 5th on Ron Williams’ third RBI of the day, a run-scoring double to make it 11-1.


Yale scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 11-3 but Columbia again responded with a pair of runs on a two-run double off the bat of Kevin Roberts, making it 13-3.


The Bulldogs made it interesting in the final two innings, scoring twice in the sixth and four times in the seventh but Scarlata ended up finishing the complete game to pick up his second win of the season.


Game 2


The second game eventually became another high-scoring contest after the first two innings went by without seeing anyone cross the plate.


Columbia got it going in the third when Billy Rumpke doubled with one out and came around to score on an RBI single by Jon Eisen.


Yale quickly responded in the bottom of the inning when Stefan Schropp’s two-run double gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. 


Columbia reliever Harrison Slutsky came in to get the final out of the inning and ended up pitching into the eighth inning, giving the Lions the opportunity to come back into the game and eventually take an 8-3 lead in the seventh.


The Lions went back in front, 3-2, in their half of the fourth on two-out RBI singles by Anthony Potter and Billy Rumpke. 


After Yale tied it in the bottom of the fifth, Columbia again answered with a run in the next half-inning to take the lead on Ron Williams’ second home run in as many weeks.


Four Columbia runs in the top of the seventh, keyed by a two-run double by Dean Forthun, appeared to give the Lions a reasonable cushion at 8-3.  But in the bottom of the eighth, Yale’s Andrew Kolmar hit a three-run homer to bring Yale to within 8-6.


With the tying run at the plate and one out, Clay Bartlett came on and struck out Schropp, walked Gant Elmore, but got Yale’s leading hitter, Andy Megee, on a groundout to end the inning.


Pat Lowery then came on in the bottom of the ninth to toss a 1-2-3 inning, earning the first save of his collegiate career.  Slutsky was credited with his first collegiate victory after pitching 4 2/3 innings to keep Yale at bay.


Columbia improves to 4-2 in the Ivy League with the two wins against Yale and will take on Brown tomorrow, Sunday, April 5 in a doubleheader set to begin at noon in Providence, R.I.