Columbia Closes Out 2012 Baseball Season with 11-1 Win over Penn
NEW YORK - After an 8-5 setback in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Columbia scored eight runs in the first two innings and defeated Penn 11-1 to complete the 2012 season with a win on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
With the win, Columbia finishes the season at 21-24 and 12-8 in the Ivy League. It is the second 20-win season and second Ivy League winning season for the program in the last three years.
Game 1 Recap
Penn got on the board first on an RBI single by Spencer Branigan that plated Ryan Dietrich, who doubled with two outs. The Quakers then added a run in the third on a Dietrich double to make it 2-0.
Columbia got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Dario Pizzano grounded a single into left field to score Mark Heil. Jon Eisen was right behind him but was tagged out at the plate to keep the tying run off the board.
With two outs in the fifth, Penn touched Columbia starter David Speer for two more runs to move in front, 4-1.
The Lions rallied in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with one out for Nick Ferraresi. Ferraresi scorched the first pitch by Vince Voiro into the right-center field gap to clear the bases and ended up at third base with a three-run triple that tied the score at 4-4.
Alex Black's RBI groundout plated Ferraresi with the go-ahead run and Columbia led 5-4 after five.
Penn scratched for an unearned run in the top of the sixth against reliever Harrison Slutsky to tie it up then scored three times in the seventh to take an 8-5 lead.
After getting the final out in the sixth inning, Dan Gautieri worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh inning to close it out for the Quakers and earn his fourth win of the season.
Eisen went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and Pizzano was 2-for-3 and reached base three times in the opener.
Game 2 Recap
In game two, Columbia came out swinging and got to Penn starter Stephen Silvestri for three runs in the first inning and five runs in the second.
In the first, Jon Eisen led off with an infield single and Billy Rumpke drew a walk. Dario Pizzano then laced his 16th double of the season into left center to score Eisen. Two RBI groundouts by Alexander Aurrichio and Enmanuel Cabreja pushed across the second and third runs to give the Lions a 3-0 advantage after one.
In the second inning, Eisen singled home the first run to make it 4-0. After an RBI groundout by Rumpke and a walk to Pizzano, Aurrichio stepped to the plate for what was an epic at-bat.
Penn called upon reliever Sam Horn to enter from the bullpen to face Aurrichio. Aurrichio saw 15 pitches from Horn and fouled off 10 of them, including seven in a row at one point. On the 15th pitch, Aurrichio drew a walk to load the bases for Cabreja.
Cabreja followed with a single through the hole to score two runs and push Columbia's lead to 7-0. Gus Craig then delivered an RBI single to pad Columbia's advantage to 8-0.
Meanwhile, Columbia starter Stefan Olson was terrific through seven innings. Olson allowed just three hits, walked two and tied his career high with nine strikeouts.
Rumpke's two-run double made it 10-0 Columbia in the fifth inning. In the seventh, Rumpke tripled to start the inning and scored on Pizzano's deep sacrifice fly to center field to give the Lions an 11-0 lead.
Joey Gandolfo closed it out with two innings in relief of Olson, allowing a run on three hits. He struck out two in his outing.
Olson earned his fourth win of the season and won his final three starts. Stephen Silvestri was tagged with the loss for Penn after allowing seven runs in an inning and two-thirds.
Columbia won seven of its last nine Ivy League contests ... the Lions won six of their last eight Ivy League games and seven of their last ten overall ... Columbia's three victories in the series each came by a margin of 10 runs ... with six hits on the day, Jon Eisen finished his Columbia career with 198 base hits, third all-time in program history ... Eisen ended Ivy League play with a .446 batting average ... Eisen ends up tied with Marc Mezzadri '96 for sixth all-time in runs scored (121) ... Dario Pizzano wrapped up Ivy League play with a .409 batting average and two home runs and 20 runs batted in ... Pizzano's 108 RBI place him sixth all-time in program history ... Pizzano has totaled 36 RBI in each of his first three seasons at Columbia ... Pizzano's 16 doubles in a season are tied for the fourth most in program history ... Eisen and Pizzano reached base in each of Columbia's last 13 games ... Columbia hit .310 as a team during Ivy League play and finished with a team batting average of .278 ... Aaron Silbar made a fantastic backhand play and threw deep in the hole at shortstop to retire Ryan Dietrich to end the sixth inning of game two ... Billy Rumpke and Enmanuel Cabreja each had three RBI in game two ... the 45 double plays turned this season were the most in program history in a single season ... Columbia's 88 doubles rank fifth all-time in a season.