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Dario Pizzano's two-run home run gave Colubmia the lead for good in game two.
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Lions Earn a Split on Sunday with 5-1 Game Two Win

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/15/2012
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ITHACA, N.Y. - After coming up a run short in a 5-4 loss in game one, Columbia rebounded to salvage a split of Sunday's doubleheader with a 5-1 win in the second game.

Stefan Olson gained the win on the mound for the Lions, who remain four games back of first-place Cornell in the Gehrig Division.

Game 1 Recap

Trailing 5-2 in the late innings of the seven-inning opener, Columbia scored once in the sixth and once more in the seventh inning but was unable to complete its comeback and dropped a 5-4 decision to Cornell in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Down 5-3 to start the seventh, Alex Black got the inning started with a double down the left field line and came around to score on a pair of groundouts. Aaron Silbar reached on an infield single with two outs to put the tying run on base but Cornell closer Kellen Urbon notched the final out on a strikeout to end it.

Columbia took a 2-0 lead after the first two innings before Cornell scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. A two-run home run by Chris Cruz gave the Big Red a 5-2 advantage to cap the scoring in the third.

Harrison Slutsky came on in relief of starter David Speer to start the fourth inning and threw three perfect innings with two strikeouts to keep Columbia in the game.

Game 2 Recap

In the second inning, Columbia went ahead 1-0 on an RBI single by Billy Rumpke, who had three hits in five at-bats in the game.

After Chris Cruz led off the Cornell half of the second with a solo home run, Columbia starter Stefan Olson settled in from there and allowed just one run on six hits in six innings plus. Olson struck out seven and ultimately gained his second win of the season.

Columbia answered the Cruz home run in the third on a two-out, two-run homer by Dario Pizzano that gave the Lions a 3-1 advantage.

In the sixth, Olson worked around a first and third, two-out scenario by getting Kevin Tatum on a line drive to shortstop Aaron Silbar to end the inning.

Columbia took a 5-1 lead in the top of the seventh after Jon Eisen drew a leadoff walk. With runners at first and second and one out, Nick Ferraresi belted a double down the left field line and Alex Black followed with a run-scoring single to make it a 5-1 game.

In the bottom of the seventh, George Thanopoulos came on in relief with runners at first and second and nobody out. Thanopoulos got the first man he faced but the Big Red eventually loaded the bases with one out. Thanopoulos then got an inning-ending double play to end the seventh and keep the score at 5-1.

Cornell got the first two runners aboard in the eighth and again, Thanopoulos induced a key double play ball to erase the lead runner and then retired Kevin Tatum on another ground ball to end the frame.

David Spinosa tossed a hitless ninth inning to close out the game and send Columbia home with a win.

Nick Ferraresi finished the game with three hits in five at-bats. Along with Rumpke's three-hit game, Pizzano, Williams and Black had two hits apiece.

With a record of 14-19 and 6-6 in the Ivy League, Columbia trails Cornell (10-2 Ivy) by four games in the Gehrig Division. The Lions will meet second-place Princeton (9-3) in a four-game series next weekend at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

Columbia is back in action at Manhattan for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18 in Riverdale, N.Y. beginning at 1:30 p.m.

NOTES:

Columbia outhit Cornell in each game of the doubleheader ... the Lions had nine base hits in the opener and 14 in game two ... Mike Fischer threw out two runners trying to steal in the second game ... Harrison Slutsky struck out three and did not walk a batter in three innings in the opener ... Slutsky has only allowed two bases on balls in 28 innings pitched this season ... the start of the doubleheader was delayed an hour and a half due to impending rains in the Central New York area.

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