Fordham Comes Away with Twinbill Sweep of Columbia on Wednesday Night
BRONX, N.Y. -- After having its seven-game win streak snapped by 28th-ranked Charlotte in the final two games of its weekend series, Fordham defeated Columbia in a midweek twinbill, coming back to win game one 6-3 before taking the second game, 10-5 at Houlihan Park.
The Lions led 3-0 in the opener before Fordham scored four times in the fifth and twice in the sixth to widen its lead. In game two, Fordham jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Columbia came back to make it a 4-3 game in the third. However, the Rams scored six times in the bottom of the third to pull away and eventually claim the nightcap.
Zack Tax started his first collegiate game and threw three brilliant innings at the beginning of the opener. Tax allowed one hit and struck out two, matching zeroes with Fordham starter Brian Thompson, who also threw three scoreless innings at the outset.
Alexander Aurrichio then drilled the first pitch he saw into right center field and dashed all the way to third base with a run-scoring triple, putting Columbia ahead 1-0. Eric Williams followed with a run-scoring groundout to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, Fordham went ahead 4-3, putting up a four spot. Chris Walker's two-run single tied the game at 3-3 and Brian Kownacki's RBI single gave the Rams their first lead of the game.
Fordham added two more runs in the sixth to move ahead, 6-3 as three Fordham relievers finished the contest by tossing five shutout frames.
Dan Sorine picked up the win for the Rams while Harrison Slutsky was saddled with the loss for Columbia. Ferrera and Williams had two hits apiece for the Lions in the game.
Fordham jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, scoring twice in each of the first two innings, capped by a two-run triple by Nick Martinez.
Jon Eisen then walked on four pitches and Aaron Silbar doubled into the gap in left center to put two runners in scoring position. Columbia then got a run closer when Dario Pizzano's groundout brought home Eisen to make it 4-3.
In the bottom of the third, three miscues in the field combined with two Fordham base hits to put six runs on the board in the inning. When the dust cleared, the Rams held a 10-5 advantage.
Columbia got two runs back in the next half-inning on an RBI single by Potter and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kevin Roberts that drew the Lions closer, making it 10-5.
Ricky Kleban, Tim Giel, Roger Aquino and Joey Gandolfo combined to hold the Rams scoreless after their six-run third inning but Fordham's relievers were equal to the task, working around Columbia base runners in each inning after the fourth to hold the Lions at bay.
Columbia is back in action on Friday, April 29 when the Lions will host the first two games of a home-and-home four-game series with Penn on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
Friday is also Senior Day, when Columbia's nine seniors -- Roger Aquino, Jason Banos, Dan Bracey, Nick Cox, Alex Ferrera, Alex Godshall, Max Lautmann, Kevin Roberts and Geoff Whitaker -- will be honored before the first game, beginning at noon.
Columbia's senior class of 2011 has won 76 games during its four years and 43 Ivy League games ... the 43 Ivy League wins are the second most in program history, behind the class of 2010, which won 46 Ivy contests during its career ... Zach Epstein tossed two scoreless innings to finish the opener, striking out a pair in the process ... Nick Crucet stole two bases in game one ... Tim Giel has allowed just one earned run in his last 12 2/3 innings ... it was a long day of baseball, as the first game began at 4:01 p.m. and the second game did not finish until 10:14 p.m.