Wild Day of Baseball Ends with Columbia on Short End of Brown's Doubleheader Sweep
Unfortunately for the Lions, that was the case as Brown scored twice in the sixth to take the opener, 9-7, and came back to win the nightcap, 12-11, on Matt Colantonio’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
As they did a day earlier at Yale,
With two outs, Bobby O'Brien, who had eight runs batted in on the day, ripped the first pitch he saw for a bases-clearing double to put
Both teams continued scoring with two runs in each half of the third. Jon Eisen’s two-out single brought home a pair to make it 7-3 Lions, but Brown’s Matt Nuzzo got those runs back with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
Lion starter Geoff Whitaker pitched a scoreless fourth, but Brown came back to tie it 7-7 in the fifth on solo home runs by Steve Daniels and Nuzzo, his second of the game.
In the sixth, Graham Tyler’s run-scoring single plated what proved to be the winning run against Pat Lowery in relief. Brown added an unearned run later in the sixth as Matt Boylan and Mat Kimball combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings to seal the win for the Bears.
The nightcap was an even wilder game than the first one, with each team scoring in six of their nine innings, the lead changing hands seven times and seven home runs being hit.
Brown plated an unearned run in the first but the Lions bounced back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second on an RBI groundout by Bobby O'Brien, followed by a two-out single off the bat of Alex Ferrera.
The Bears used back-to-back home runs by Graham Tyler and Steve Daniels to take a 3-2 lead in the second and went ahead 7-2 with a run in the third and three more in the fourth.
Down five runs in the top of the fifth,
O’Brien then cracked a grand slam over the center field wall to bring the Lions even at 7-7.
Mike Roberts put
The Lions then used some small ball, scoring twice in the eighth to tie the game again. Rumpke led off with an infield hit and Jon Eisen placed a perfect push bunt to reach first.
With the infield expecting another bunt, Nick Cox lined a sharp single the other way to score Rumpke and put runners at the corners.
Forthun then laid down another nice bunt to score Eisen with the tying run as Forthun reached first safely.
Alex Ferrera put
With the count at 3-2 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Brown’s Steve Daniels kept the game alive with a double the other way. Colantonio then fought back from down 0-2 and hit Mizzoni’s 3-2 pitch over the wall in center for the game-winner.
Brown improves to 7-1 in the Ivy League with the win, while