SAN JOSE, Calif. - Columbia busted out for 14 runs on 18 hits and defeated Lehigh 14-2 in its first game of the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament on Saturday. In the nightcap, Santa Clara's Brock Simon stymied the Lions through eight innings, outdueling Stefan Olson in a 3-0 victory for the Broncos.
Recap - vs. Lehigh
Columbia jumped on Lehigh starter Nick Stephens early, scoring four times on four hits in the top of the first. Jordan Serena singled and stole a base with one out to get things started. Dario Pizzano followed with a double that split the outfielders in left-center field to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
After Pizzano moved to third on a wild pitch, Alexander Aurrichio singled past a drawn-in infield to make it 2-0. David Vandercook got hit by a pitch to put two runners on base with two out and Robb Paller doubled both of them home to put the Lions in front 4-0 after the first half-inning.
Columbia scored once more in the second and stole a run in the fourth to make it 6-0. With runners at the corners after a walk to Serena and a single by Pizzano, Pizzano took off for second base on an 0-2 pitch to Aurrichio. Serena broke for the plate and scored before Pizzano got tagged out in a rundown, giving Columbia a 6-0 advantage.
Columbia added another run in the fifth and essentially put the game out of reach with a five-run sixth inning. Mark Heil led off with a ringing double off the wall in left field. Serena drew a one-out walk and both runners advanced on an errant pickoff throw at second base. With the infield in, Pizzano took advantage and pulled a two-run single into right field to make it 9-0.
Rumpke followed with a two-out single and Vandercook singled home Pizzano to give Columbia a 10-0 advantage. Paller then cracked another double in the right-center field gap to bring home two more which pushed the score to 12-0.
Meanwhile, Columbia starter David Speer pitched brilliantly through six innings, allowing no runs on two base hits. He walked three and struck out six in his second start of the season.
Sophomore Joey Donino made his collegiate debut in relief of Speer in the seventh. Donino worked a scoreless seventh before Lehigh scratched for two runs in the eighth.
Columbia added a single run in the ninth on Paller's fifth RBI of the game that made the score 14-2.
Mike Weisman came on in the ninth to make his collegiate debut and worked a scoreless ninth, getting a double play to end the game.
Pizzano had four hits in four at-bats in the game and drove in four. Paller went 3-for-5 with five RBI and Vandercook was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Recap - vs. Santa Clara
Stefan Olson kept Santa Clara off the board through the first four innings and allowed just one base hit. Olson got the first two outs in the fifth before Evan Peters cracked one in right-center field gap that went for a two-out triple.
Justin Viele followed with a triple of his own, a gapper that just eluded a diving Nick Ferraresi in right field. Matt Ozanne then drove home Viele with an RBI single to give Santa Clara a 2-0 advantage.
Santa Clara starter Brock Simon limited Columbia to just five hits over the first eight innings. The Lions had a runner reach second base in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings but could not push a run across.
The Broncos scored an insurance run against Lion reliever Zach Epstein in the eighth. Matt Glomb reached on an infield single with one out and moved to third on a high chopper that went for an out. Kyle DeMerritt then picked up an RBI single with two outs, making it a 3-0 game.
Santa Clara closer Paul Twining came on to pitch the ninth and worked a 1-2-3 inning for his sixth save of the season as the Broncos improved their record to 13-3.
Simon allowed just five hits through eight innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven on the night.
Columbia will be back in action tomorrow, Sunday, March 11 at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament when the Lions face Utah at 1 p.m. Pacific, 4 p.m. Eastern time.
In game one, every Columbia regular reached base at least once ... the Lions scored in seven of nine innings ... Columbia drew nine walks and had six doubles ... Robb Paller's two-run double in the first inning was his first collegiate base hit ... sophomore Mike Fischer, who is recovering from an offseason injury, made his season debut in the eighth inning ... in his first collegiate at-bat, rookie Justin Wong took the first pitch he saw off his back for a hit by pitch ... in game two, Olson allowed two runs on four hits in six innings of work, did not walk a batter and struck out three ... Epstein pitched three innings and allowed one run on four hits and also struck out three ... Santa Clara pitches did not allow any bases on balls ... the temperature dipped into the low 50s by the end of the nightcap after it reached 70 degrees earlier in the afternoon.