NEW YORK - Columbia won game one 4-1 behind six strong innings from Pat Lowery and started game two with a 2-0 advantage but Princeton came back in the middle innings to rally for a 5-2 win.
Game 1 Recap
Columbia stuck early, scoring twice in the first inning on three doubles. Jon Eisen got things started with a well-struck double into left center field. With two outs, Nick Ferraresi ripped an RBI double to left center to score Eisen with the first run of the game.
Alex Black then boomed a double off the fence in right center field to bring Ferraresi home to make it 2-0 Columbia.
Columbia starter Pat Lowery retired the first seven batters he faced before running into a jam in the third inning. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out on two walks and an infield single, bringing number-two hitter Matt Bowman to the plate.
After three straight foul balls, Lowery retired Bowman on a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and keep the Lions ahead 2-0.
After a 1-2-3 fourth inning, Princeton loaded the bases again with one out in the fifth. Leadoff man Alec Keller grounded one back to Lowery, who went home with it to get the second out but Keller beat the relay throw to first base.
With two outs, Lowery got Bowman on another comebacker to end the frame and keep the Tigers off the board.
Dario Pizzano led off the Columbia sixth inning with a solo home run to pad Columbia's lead to 3-0. Ferraresi followed with a sharp single to left field, his third base hit of the game.
With two outs, Nick Crucet lined one back up the middle to plate Ferraresi with another insurance run to give the Lions a 4-0 advantage.
Princeton got the first two men on in the seventh before Harrison Slutsky was summoned from the bullpen. Slutsky struck out the first batter he faced and after a run scored on a fielder's choice, Slutsky fanned John Mishu to end the game.
Lowery allowed two hits and an unearned run over six innings to earn his third win of the season. Slutsky picked up his second save as the tying run was on deck when he entered the game.
Ferraresi was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Eisen had two hits in three at-bats and a run scored.
Game 2 Recap
Starters Tim Giel and Zak Hermans were dealing early in the second game as neither team had a base hit over the first three innings.
Princeton got its first base hit with two outs in the fourth on a single by Sam Mulroy. Mulroy moved to second base on a wild pitch but Giel struck out Mike Ford to end the inning.
Princeton elected to intentionally walk Dario Pizzano and Ferraresi came through with a well-struck double off the fence to score Eisen and Pizzano to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.
Hermans left the bases loaded with one out by inducing a 4-6-3 double play to end the play. In the fifth, the Tigers got a run back on a one-out double by Ryan Albert to score Steve Harrington, who doubled to start the fifth.
Princeton went ahead with two runs in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. The first batter reached on an error and John Mishu delivered a run-scoring double to quickly tie the game. Two batters later, Mike Ford singled past a drawn-in infield to plate Mishu and give Princeton its first lead of the day.
In eighth, Harrington doubled home two runs with one out to push the Tigers' lead to 5-2.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Williams and Pizzano reached on consecutive singles to bring the tying run to the plate.
Ferraresi nearly did tie the game with a long fly ball to right center field. It sent center fielder Sam Mulroy back to the wall as he hauled it in for the second out. Hermans retired the next batter on a fly ball to end the inning and keep the score at 5-2.
Ryan Makis closed out the game in the ninth, retiring the side in order to split the doubleheader.
Williams went 2-for-3 and Mulroy and Harrington had two hits apiece for Princeton.
Columbia and Princeton are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 in a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. It is Columbia Baseball Alumni Day at Baker Athletics Complex with a barbecue lunch before the first game.
The games were moved up from Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday in advance of anticipated rains in the area on Sunday ... Dario Pizzano's home run was the 24th of his career, one shy of Gene Larkin's career home run record .. Jon Eisen moved into eighth place on the career runs scored list with 114 ... Pat Lowery struck out four in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.44 this season ... Lowery is now sixth on the all-time strikeouts list with 140 ... Columbia had six extra-base hits in game one, five doubles and a home run ... Alex Black left game one with an injury and David Vandercook played third base for the final three innings ... Nick Ferraresi had a double in each game and now has a team-high 15 two-base hits this season ... Tim Giel struck out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings and did not walk anyone ... Joey Gandolfo pitched a perfect ninth inning in game two.