SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Back in his home state, junior Stefan Olson threw a complete-game three-hitter and the Lions used a fifth-run third inning to capture a 6-2 victory at San Diego in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
In game two, Columbia led 5-3 through five and a half innings but the Toreros scored five runs in the sixth inning and held on for an 11-5 win behind a pair of home runs by Kris Bryant.
Columbia took advantage of San Diego's miscues and used some timely hitting to open up an early lead. Junior right-hander Stefan Olson took over from there, allowing a two-run home run in the third inning and nothing more in a 6-2 complete-game victory.
Jon Eisen started the game with a sharp single back through the middle. Eric Williams sacrificed him to second base and with one out, an errant pickoff throw by San Diego starter Paul Sewald sailed into center field and allowed Eisen to score from second base.
In the third inning, Nick Crucet began the frame with a sharp single to right field. Sewald plunked Mike Fischer with a pitch and Eisen dropped down a beautiful bunt single between the mound and third base to load the bases with nobody out.
Two batters later, Pizzano drew a walk to force home a run and give the Lions a 2-0 edge. Nick Ferraresi then topped one between home and first that firse baseman Connor Joe booted and Ferraresi hustled down the line to beat the fielder to the bag.
With Columbia ahead 3-0 with two outs, Billy Rumpke came through with a two-run single into right center that pushed the Lions' advantage to 5-0. Aaron Silbar completed the scoring with a run-scoring single to center field and the Lions led 6-0 going to the bottom of the third.
Kris Bryant clubbed a two-run shot to cut the Columbia lead to 6-2 with two outs in the third. After that point, Olson allowed just a two-out single to AJ Robinson in the fourth, holding the potent Torero offense at bay.
Eisen had two hits in four at-bats and scored two runs in the game. Olson allowed just two runs on three hits. He walked three and also struck out three.
The second game was another game that saw some miscues on both sides. In the end, Kris Bryant's two home runs proved to be the difference as the Toreros won the nightcap, 11-5.
Columbia scored first for the sixth straight game, pushing across a run in the first inning. Eric Williams drew a four-pitch walk and moved all the way to third when Torero starter Dylan Covey's pickoff attempt skipped down the right field line. Dario Pizzano's RBI groundout scored Williams for the first run of the game.
San Diego quickly came back to take a 3-1 lead in its half of the first. The Toreros got the first two runners on in front of Bryant and he deposited Lion starter David Speer's first pitch over the wall in right center for a three-run home run.
Speer settled in after that, working around runners on base in the next four innings, but he did not allow a run during that span.
Columbia plated unearned runs in the second and the third innings to tie the game at 3-3.
In the fifth, Aaron Silbar's infield single scored Pizzano with the go-ahead run after Pizzano walked to start the inning. Columbia made it 5-3 in the sixth when Jon Eisen scampered home on a wild pitch.
San Diego rallied in its half of the sixth. Louie Lechich tripled home a run to make it 5-4 and after the Toreros tied it at 5-5 on Andrew Daniel's RBI single, Bryant hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot against reliever Zach Epstein that made it 7-5.
The Toreros added one more in that inning and scored three times in the eighth to push their lead to 11-5.
Columbia loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh after Billy Rumpke and Silbar each singled to start the inning. San Diego reliever James Pazos recorded the final out on a strikeout and Torero closer Michael Wagner pitched the final two innings to earn his 10th save of the season.
The two teams are slated to play the final game of the series tomorrow, Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 1 p.m. Eastern time. The series finale has been moved up to avoid impending rains that are scheduled to hit the area on Saturday.
The doubleheader was scheduled in anticipation of poor weather to hit the area this weekend ... Columbia has scored first in each of its last six games ... the Lions have out-hit their opponent in each of their wins this season ... Mike Fischer threw out Louie Lechich trying to steal second base in the first inning of game one ... five Columbia batters were hit by a pitch in game two ... the Lions turned two double plays in game two ... Billy Rumpke and Aaron Silbar each had two base hits in game two ... it was Rumpke's fifth multiple-hit game of the season ... Dario Pizzano has reached base in each of the last six games ... game two starter Dylan Covey was drafted in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of high school ... Columbia's win in game one was just the second win for the Lions against a team from the state of California ... the Lions also defeated Cal State Northridge in 2009.