PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Each Lion starter either scored or drove in a run and four Columbia hurlers each pitched well in a 9-1 rout over Rutgers on Tuesday.
The Lions scored twice in the second and third to jump out in front, 4-0. In the top of the second, Columbia put runners on second and third with one out for Anthony Potter, who went the other way with a single into left field to score Ron Williams and Bobby O'Brien.
With two outs and nobody on in the third, Dean Forthun reached on an error and Williams doubled to put runners in scoring position again. With Mike Roberts at the plate, Forthun raced home to score on a wild pitch, and Roberts took care of bringing home Williams with a double into the right-center field gap, making it 4-0.
Rutgers got one back in the bottom of the third and threatened for more with runners on the corners and two outs. Dean Forthun then nailed Dan Betteridge trying to steal second for the final out, keeping it a 4-1 game.
The Lions tacked on two more in the fourth. Potter reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a wild pitch and was promptly driven in on a run-scoring single off the bat of Alex Ferrera.
Two batters later, Jon Eisen singled to put runners at the corners with one out and Nick Cox dropped down a squeeze bunt to score Ferrera, increasing Columbia’s lead to 6-1.
Meanwhile, Lion starter Zach Epstein held Rutgers at bay, finishing his solid outing by working around a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth to keep the Scarlet Knights off the board.
Columbia made it 7-1 with a run in the fifth. Ron Williams drew a leadoff walk, his second of the game, and came around to score on Potter’s third hit and third RBI of the day.
It became 9-1 in the sixth when Billy Rumpke led off with a triple to left center and Eisen quickly doubled down the left field line to score his fellow first-year. Forthun then drove home Eisen with a run-scoring single up the middle.
Harrison Slutsky, Max Lautmann and Derek Squires combined for five scoreless innings in relief of Epstein, shutting the door on Rutgers.
Columbia is back to Ivy League action this weekend with a four-game series at Princeton, beginning on Saturday, April 11 at noon.
- Columbia stole four bases, including a pair by Potter.
- Ron Williams scored three runs, while Jon Eisen had a pair of hits.
- The win marked Columbia's first in the annual meeting with Rutgers since 2003.
- It was the fifth straight game that the Lions have scored seven runs or more. In total, Columbia has scored 48 runs over its last five games.