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Eric Williams drilled a two-run home run to give Columbia an 11-6 lead in the seventh inning of game two.
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Columbia Defeats Brown 14-6 in Nightcap after 4-3 Loss in Game One on Sunday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/01/2012
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NEW YORK - After coming within 90 feet of tying the first game in the bottom of the seventh inning and ultimately falling 4-3, Columbia's bats came alive late in the second game, a 14-6 triumph over Brown at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

With the win in game two, Columbia finishes the first weekend of Ivy League play at 3-1 and has won six of its last seven games.

Game 1 Recap

Columbia went ahead 1-0 in the third, loading the bases on sharp singles by Alex Black and Alexander Aurrichio. Jordan Serena then laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line and beat it out for a base hit to load the bases.

Brown starting pitcher Anthony Galan limited the damage to just one run by inducing a double play ground ball and another ground ball to get out of the inning.

Meanwhile, Stefan Olson retired the first eight batters he faced and struck out four of them. The number-nine hitter, J.J. Franco recorded Brown's first hit of the game, a well-struck double to right center, but Olson got the final out of the third inning on a ground ball.

Brown finally got to Olson in the fourth when Mike DiBiase connected for a two-run home run and Will Marcal hit a solo shot with two outs to put Brown in front, 3-1.

The Lions got a run back in the fifth after Mike Fischer led off with a double down the third base line. He advanced on Jon Eisen's groundout to second base and scored on Bily Rumpke's deep sacrifice fly to bring Columbia within a run at 3-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, with Serena at second base and two outs, pinch hitter Eric Williams lofted a sinking liner to center field that appeared ready to drop in for a game-tying single. Instead, Brown's John Sheridan made a headlong dive to corral it for the final out, which kept Brown a run ahead.

Sheridan produced an insurance run for Brown in the seventh when he hit an 0-2 pitch past the shortstop into left center to score Matt DeRenzi with two outs.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Eisen dropped down a bunt single to start things for Columbia. Two batters later, with Eisen at second base and one out, Pizzano belted one off the fence in left center field to score Eisen and make it 4-3.

With the tying run in scoring position, Galan got a grounder to third base for the second out. Pizzano crossed to third and the Lions had runners at the corners with two outs for Alexander Aurrichio.

Aurrichio pulled an 0-1 pitch sharply to the right side but Franco made a nice play in short right field to keep it in front of him and his throw just nipped Aurrichio at first base to end the game.

Pizzano finished the game with four hits in four at-bats, including a pair of doubles. Serena had two hits in two at-bats and reached base all three times he appeared.

Game 2 Recap

With its eyes on a road sweep to open its Ivy League season, Brown scored a single run in the first and second innings to quickly grab a 2-0 lead in game two.

In the bottom of the third, Aaron Silbar ignited a Columbia three-run rally with a sharp single to center. Mike Fischer followed with a sacrifice bunt that starter Kevin Carlow fired wide of first, allowing Silbar to take third base.

Jon Eisen's RBI single and sacrifice flies by Dario Pizzano and Nick Ferraresi put the Lions in front, 3-2 after three.

Brown came back in its half of the fourth to regain the lead 5-3 on a wild pitch and two unearned runs but the Lions would put up crooked numbers in the middle and late innings to regain and hold the lead.

In the fifth, Eisen was hit by a pitch to lead off and Eric Williams dumped a single into left field to put the first two runners aboard. Pizzano then ripped one to right field to load the bases for Nick Ferraresi.

Down 1-2 in the count, Ferraresi lined one off the third base bag that kicked into foul territory but still scored a run to make it a 5-4 game. Alex Black followed with a deep sacrifice fly to left to tie the game and put runners on the corners with one out.

Columbia executed a perfect squeeze bunt when Billy Rumpke dropped down a bunt between the mound and third. Pizzano slid in just under Carlow's throw home with the go-ahead run and Columbia led 6-5 after five.

George Thanopoulos came on in relief of Lion starter Tim Giel in the fifth and hung up zeroes in the fifth and sixth innings. Columbia's defense backed him up with a beautiful double play turned by Eisen and Silbar in the fifth and a caught stealing by Fischer in the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, Columbia gained some separation with another three spot. Fischer started it by banging a triple off the fence in center field. Eisen's double scored Fischer and Ferraresi capped the inning's scoring with a two-run double against reliever Chris Smith to give the Lions a 9-5 advantage.

Brown got a run back in the seventh on an RBI single by Will Marcal to make it 9-6 but Joey Gandolfo struck out Matt DeRenzi with two runners on to close out the frame.

Williams belted a two-run homer in the seventh and Aurrichio blasted a solo homer in the eighth to make it 12-6. Gus Craig's RBI single and a passed ball brought home the final two runs of the game as Columbia scored multiple runs in each of its last four innings.

Ferraresi was 3-for-4 with four RBI in game two. Eisen, Williams and Silbar had two hits apiece. Eisen was on base all six times he batted, thanks to three walks, a hit by pitch, a double and a single.

Thanopoulos earned his first career victory with 2 2/3 innings of strong relief. David Spinosa came on to pitch two hitless innings to finish the contest.

Columbia is back in action on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. when the Lions will host Rutgers on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

NOTES:

Columbia is now 9-14, 3-1 in the Ivy League ... it was Brown's first league games after its Saturday games at Penn were rained out ... Sunday's games in New York City were played under mostly cloudy skies and 50-degree weather ... a steady light rain developed at the end of the second game ... during the weekend, Dario Pizzano had eight hits in 12 at-bats, with three doubles and four runs batted in ... Jon Eisen had seven hits in 13 at-bats and scored eight runs, batting in the leadoff spot ... Columbia pitchers totaled 16 strikeouts in the doubleheader ... former Met John Franco, father of Brown's J.J. Franco was in attendance, as was Villanova men's basketball head coach Jay Wright, father of Brown pitcher Taylor Wright.

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