NEW YORK – For the second consecutive day, the Columbia baseball team competed in a pair of Ivy League contests that turned into compelling pitching duels, but on Tuesday the Yale Bulldogs were able to come away with two victories at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. The two losses dropped Columbia to 8-14 and 2-2 in the Ivy League on the season, while Yale improved to 9-11, 2-2.
GAME ONE RECAP
Chris Lanham tossed a complete game (7 inn.) three-hitter to lead Yale to a 3-0 win in the opener Tuesday. Columbia starter Joey Donino was almost equally as effective, giving up just five hits and striking out nine, but Yale was able to slip in three runs.
The first two innings breezed by as each team sent just the minimum six hitters to the plate, with Donino striking out four Bulldogs.
The top of the third proved costly for the Lions, as Yale got all three of its runs in the frame. Eric Hsieh reached base to start the inning after being hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Robert Baldwin sent a 1-1 pitch to left field for a double to plate Hsieh. A passed ball and a balk cost the Lions another run, as Baldwin made his way around to score. Harrison Whi, who had walked between the passed ball and balk, was driven home by a Cale Hanson double down the right field line to close the scoring for the remainder of the game.
Lanham would continue to silence the Columbia bats, allowing just one base runner to reach second the rest of the way en route to his fourth win of the season.
GAME TWO RECAP
Mirroring his counterpart from game one, Yale starter David Hickey allowed just three hits over seven innings without giving up a run, as Yale completed the sweep with a 4-1 decision.
Kevin Roy was efficient on the bump for Columbia, limiting Yale to just six hits and two runs, while striking out six, in five innings. Adam Cline came on in relief and tossed the next three innings, racking up five strikeouts and limiting the Yale bats to three hits, but two more runs allowed sealed the game for Yale.
Hickey and Roy stifled opposing hitters over the first four innings, as each team managed just two runners on the base paths during that span.
The Bulldogs’ bats came alive in the fifth, breaking through with a pair of runs. David Toups and Green Campbell opened the frame with back-to-back doubles to give Yale a 1-0 lead. Tom O’Neill hit Yale’s third two-bagger of the inning two batters later to double the lead.
Columbia looked to get one run back in the sixth when Aaron Silbar doubled with one out and then advanced to third on a ground out, but Hickey got another grounder to end the threat.
Yale increased its lead to 4-0 in the eighth with two more tallies. David Toups’ triple down the right field line brought home Hanson and then Toups raced home on a wild pitch.
Columbia sought to cut the gap in the bottom half of the frame, getting the first two hitters aboard with Vandercook earning a walk and Savage getting hit by a pitch. A double play in the next at bat and another groundout thwarted the Lions’ momentum once again though.
The Lions got on the board in the ninth with one run, off a Gus Craig RBI, but it would be the lone run for Columbia. Robb Paller led off with a single that Nick Maguire followed up with a double to deep center. Craig’s ground out to second plated Paller, but Yale reliever Chris Moates got a fly ball to end the game.
It’s a short turnaround for Columbia, as it heads north to face Dartmouth on Saturday, April 5 and Harvard on Sunday, April 6. First pitch of both doubleheaders is set for 12 p.m.