VANDERCOOK POST-GAME INTERVIEW
NEW YORK - The Columbia baseball team broke up a 2-2 game with seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to extend its win streak to seven, while also snapping Sacred Heart's 12-game win streak, downing the Pioneers by a score of 9-2 Monday.
On a sunny day at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, pitching set the tone early for the Lions. Starter Kevin Roy and Adam Cline combined to give up just three hits over the course of the first five innings. The Columbia bats scored the only runs of the opening five frames, plating two in the second inning.
David Vandercook began a standout day at the plate with a one-out double that brought home Aaron Silbar for the contest’s first run, giving Columbia a 1-0 advantage. Vandercook would then find his way home during the next at bat following a throwing error during a double-play attempt by the Pioneers’ second baseman to double the Lions’ lead.
The score would remain 2-0 in favor of Columbia until the top of the sixth, when Sacred Heart came through with its only two runs of the game. Dave Boisture led off the inning with a walk. The Pioneers’ first baseman came around to score on a Brian Lamboy double that was misplayed in left field, giving Boisture the opportunity to complete his trip around the bases. Two batters later, a Jesus Medina bunt single gave Lamboy the chance to score, knotting the score at 2-2.
Columbia threatened to retake the lead in the sixth, loading the bases, but James Cooksey would get Sacred Heart out of the inning unscathed. Dan Wertz, who came on to throw the seventh for the Pioneers was not so lucky, as Columbia posted two runs in the inning to take a 4-2 lead it would not relinquish.
Gus Craig opened the inning with a double to the right field gap and Jordan Serena was plunked by a 0-1 pitch to give the Lions a pair of base runners with one down. Designated hitter Joey Falcone provided the swing that would plate the game-winning runs. Facing a 1-1 count, Falcone slammed his sixth double of the season, clearing the bases to put the Lions ahead, 4-2.
The offense would continue to thrive at the plate in the eighth, as Columbia sent 11 hitters to the dish and plated five runs. Patience at the plate early paid off for the Lions, earning three walks and a hit by pitch that led to the first run of the inning. Craig would garner credit for the that RBI, taking ball four on a full count to force in Vandercook. Serena followed with a deep single to left field to plate Mike Fischer and Nick Crucet. Aaron Silbar closed out the scoring with a two-run RBI of his own plating Alex Black and Serena to give the Lions the 9-2 advantage it would end the game with.
Zack Tax and Black closed out the game on the hill for Columbia. Tax threw two shutout innings, giving up just one hit before giving way to Black, who closed out the game with an eight-pitch scoreless ninth.
Vandercook finished the day 2-for-2 at the plate, walking on three other occasions, while also scoring twice and driving in a run. Nick Ferraresi and Serena also recorded a pair of hits on the day, with Serena also coming around to score twice himself and driving in two of his teammates.