|Wiest (W, 2-4)||2.0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Hall (S, 3)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Columbia baseball team completed its three-game sweep of Brown, taking a doubleheader by scores of 5-4 and 2-0 Saturday. The Lions (12-21, 8-4) came back from a 4-1 deficit in game one, scoring three in the sixth and one in the ninth to clinch the series. In game two, Harrisen Egly and Leo Pollack combined to toss a four-hit shutout to extend Columbia’s winning streak over Brown to 13 games.
The Lions threatened in the first four innings, but stranded six baserunners and settled for just one run off a wild pitch that scored Julian Bury in the top of the second.
Brown capitalized with a four-run fifth, chasing Columbia starter Ben Wereski from the game. A leadoff single followed by a walk and sacrifice put the go-ahead run in scoring position. The Lions turned to Bryce Barr, who induced a ground ball that could not be handled at short for a two-run error to put the Bears in front, 2-1. An infield single by Garret Delano led to Sam Grigo’s two-run double to give Brown a three-run edge.
Columbia’s seventh-inning rally began when Lane Robinette was beaned and Liam McGill singled, setting up an RBI hit for Matt Cerfolio. Joe Engel cut the deficit to one with a base-hit up the middle and Bury evened things up at 4-4 with an opposite-field single to left.
Ty Wiest came on to work a pair of scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth before the Lions put the winning run on the board in the ninth.
Chandler Bengtson’s lone hit of the game was a big one, a double to start things off. Engel then recorded his second hit and Bury pushed a bunt between a trio of fielders on the right side of the infield.
Lucas Hall earned his third save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including a pair of strikeouts. Wiest moved to 2-4 on the year.
Bury posted his second straight three-hit game and was 3-for-4 with the two RBI and run scored.
|Egly (W, 2-3)||5.2||3||0||0||2||1|
|Pollack (S, 1)||3.1||0||0||0||0||3|
Egly was perfect through 3.2 innings, but still faced the minimum after picking off Garret Delano, who singled to break up the no-hit bid. Delano, who started the game on the hill, also allowed just one hit through five innings until Columbia went ahead in the sixth.
AJ DiFillipo drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Matt Karo’s bunt. Liam McGill delivered a two-out single up the middle for the first score of the nightcap. Columbia had an opportunity to build on the lead after a walk to Cerfolio, but Delano forced a flyout to minimize the damage.
The Bears put the leadoff man on in the bottom of the sixth, but was stranded on second when Leo Pollack got his first batter to ground out.
Columbia doubled its lead in the top of the ninth when Engel reached via error, Bury singled and Ben Porter was hit by a pitch. With the bases full and no outs, DiFillipo notched a sac fly, but once again the Brown pitching staff was able to keep the Bears in the game.
Pollack worked around a two-out double to complete the 10-out save.
Game two did mark the end of Engel’s hitting streak at 16 and Bengtson’s on-base streak at 29.
Columbia returns to Robertson Field at Satow Stadium Wednesday, April 18 against Fordham. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. on the Ivy League Network.