|Bryce Barr (W, 1-0)||1.2||2||1||1||1||1|
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Columbia baseball team erupted for 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 5-0 deficit and claim an 11-7 win over the University of Texas-San Antonio in game one of a doubleheader.
Columbia sent 14 batters to the plate in its first 10-run inning since they pegged Cornell for 11 in the second game of a doubleheader on April 19, 2015. Kanemaru started things off with a single followed by a walk and hit batter to load the bases. Joe Engel hit a ball that the Roadrunners’ first baseman could not field on his backhand to bring in a pair. After a pitching change, Matt Cerfolio worked a walk to fill the base paths again for pinch-hitter AJ DiFillipo. The sophomore pulled a sharp single to right and a misplay by the UTSA allowed the ball to trickle all the way to the wall, bringing in all three runners and DiFillipo for the classic Little League homer, giving the Lions a 6-5 advantage.
The next hitter was Jack Chernow, who belted a solo shot to right for a traditional dinger, for his first collegiate home run to make it a two-run ballgame. Kanemaru drew a walk to keep the inning alive and Liam McGill knocked him in with a double that the centerfielder could not cut off in left-center. The third walk of the inning brought Engel back to the dish and the Lions’ shortstop doubled to the gap in right-center to extend the margin to 10-5.
Lucas Hall entered the game after UTSA pulled within 10-6 on an RBI double from Bryan Arias in the bottom of the seventh. Pitching for the second time in as many days, Hall struck out the first batter he faced and retired the next two via fly outs to keep the Roadrunners at bay.
The teams traded runs in the ninth to finish the scoring. Chernow, who finished the game 3-
Both pitchers were cruising until the Roadrunners scratched out a run in the bottom of the third. Joshua Lamb tripled to start the inning and a fly ball by Jonathan Tapia was deep enough to bring in the go-ahead run. Trent Bowles and Tony Beam went back-to-back to start the fourth inning and with two outs, Lamb hit a ball just out of the reach of a leaping Randell Kanemaru for an RBI double.
Hall worked two no-hit innings, fanning a pair of batters and allowing just one base runner (HBP). Bryce Barr (1-0), one of five Texans on the Lions’ roster, earned the victory. Ben Wereski started and was charged with five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Engel went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kanemaru and McGill each picked up two hits.
Andre Shewcraft took the loss after allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in just 0.1 innings of relief. Arias and Beam each had two hits and drove in two runs.
|Brett Gannaway (L, 1-1)||4.1||5||1||1||0||3|
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In the nightcap, UTSA was the team that came from behind to earn a win. Arias delivered a walk-off single for the Roadrunners (6-7) in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a split. UTSA’s starter Karan Patel retired the final 18 batters he faced and Columbia did not have a hit or baserunner after the third.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead with runs in the first and second innings. Julian Bury led the game off with a single and a Chandler Bengtson double put the Lions in front, 1-0. In the second, Cerfolio took a walk on five pitches, advanced to second on a groundout and two consecutive errors allowed him to score to double the cushion.
UTSA evened things up in the fifth thanks to a leadoff triple and a single from Arias. Columbia committed an error while trying to turn a double play to put two on, and a sacrifice bunt pushed the runners into scoring position. Beam knotted the score at 2-2 with a groundout with the infield playing back.
The turning point came in the bottom of the eighth when the Roadrunners notched three consecutive to load the bases with no outs. From there, Brett Gannaway buckled down and got a ground ball for a force play at the plate and then induced a double play ball to second to keep things tied.
However, in the ninth Aldo Buendia lofted a ball to shallow right that just fell before hitting the glove of Bury in right. A ground ball to the right side moved him to third and Arias’ line drive went over the head of Griffin Williams in left to complete the comeback.
Patel fanned eight and allowed one earned run on two hits over eight innings. Palmer Wenzel picked up the win after retiring the Lions in order in the ninth.
Gannaway’s record fell to
Kanemaru was hit by a pitch in the third, extending his on-base streak to 31 games.
The Lions will close out their series with the Roadrunners Sunday, March 11. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. eastern time.