Baseball Splits Twin Bill with Yale
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Ben Shyman

NEW YORK, N.Y. Columbia fell to Yale, 7-2, in game one, but bounced back to defeat the Bulldogs, 6-5, in the nightcap at Andy Coakley Field.


Yale jumped out to an early start in game one, scoring four runs in the first inning, and added three more runs before the Lions finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.


Yale had back to back RBI singles from Ryan Lavarnway and Josh Cox, and then plated Stefan Schropp when Trygg Larsson-Danforth grounded out to Henry Perkins. The next batter followed with another RBI single to center, giving the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.


In the top of the fourth with two outs, Lavarnway hit a two-run homerun to center, expanding Yale’s lead, 6-0.


Chris Finneran shut down Columbia's offense through the first four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Jason Banos had a lead-off double down the right field line and moved to third on a single by Perkins. Ron Williams then reached on a fielder’s choice, plating Banos for Columbia’s first run on the day.


Columbia and Yale each tacked on one more run in the final two innings, bringing the final score to 7-2.


First-year Dan Bracey took the loss for Columbia, giving up seven runs, five earned, and striking out three. Fellow first-year, Max Lautmann, struck out three in the final two innings of the game.



Game 2

Henry Perkins’ solo shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the difference for Columbia, defeating Yale 6-5 in game two.


After four innings, Columbia held a 4-0 lead over the Bulldogs, posting a run in the third inning, and three in the fourth. After adding on two additional runs in the fifth, Yale had a late rally, but the Lions were able to hold them off.


Senior Mike Malfettone had a lead off triple in the third, and eventually scored off a sacrifice fly by Nick Cox to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.


Columbia added three more runs in the following inning.  Perkins got the Lions going with a lead-off double to centerfield and advanced to third on a fly ball by Williams.  Mike Roberts reached first after being hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. With Noah Cooper at the plate, Roberts stole second, and reached third on a throwing error by Yale’s second baseman, while Perkins stole home. The final two runs of the inning came off RBI-singles by Cooper and Malfettone to give Columbia a 4-0 lead.


In the bottom of the fifth, Cox had a lead-off triple, and eventually scored when Jason Banos grounded out to Yale’s shortstop. Perkins then blasted one deep over the left field wall, increasing Columbia's lead to 6-0.


Yale rallied late, adding five runs over the final four innings, but Columbia was able to hold on.


In the top of the sixth, Yale had runners on second and third with one out. Dan Soltman grounded out to Perkins, scoring the runner on third. Lavarnway followed with an RBI single to left field and Chris Sweeney flew out to centerfield, plating the third run of the inning for the Bulldogs.


With two outs in the top of the eighth, Yale responded with four straight singles and plated two runs to cut Columbia’s lead to 6-5, but the Lions retired the side in order in the top of the ninth for the win.


Bill Purdy picked up his first win of the season, going 7.2 innings, giving up five runs, and striking out seven.  Clay Bartlett got the save, pitching 1.1 innings and giving up two hits.


Columbia (7-15, 3-1) is back in action on Tuesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. when it hosts Army.