Columbia
Columbia
2
14
Cornell
CORNELL

Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbia 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
Cornell 0 0 0 0 5 3 6 0 x 14 16 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
Chriss (L, 2-5) 4.1 6 5 5 2 2
Pollack 1.2 3 3 3 0 1
Harrington 0.1 2 4 4 2 0
Bahm 0.1 3 2 2 1 0
Flynn 1.1 2 0 0 0 2
Hitting Leaders
  AB R H RBI BB HR
McGill 4 1 2 1 0 1
Robinette 4 0 2 0 0 0

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Columbia baseball team kept its Ivy League Championship hopes alive thanks to a 3-2 victory in game two of a doubleheader at Cornell Saturday. The Lions (17-27, 12-8) dropped the opener by a 14-2 count.

In order to qualify, Columbia must win the rubber match tomorrow against the Big Red and need Harvard to defeat Dartmouth twice in their three-game series that begins tomorrow morning and goes into Monday. First pitch of the series finale is slated for 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Network.

The Big Red put runs on the board in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings of the opener to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 12-run advantage. Cornell starter Tim Willittes settled in after allowing two runs on six hits in the first three innings to improve to 4-4 on the season. He finished allowing just one more baserunner and lasted 6.2 innings.

A couple of bleeding singles set up first and second for Jack Chernow, who took a 2-0 pitch up the middle to put Columbia on top in the second. The Lions applied more pressure by loading the bases, but could not break things open. Liam McGill’s sixth homer of the season provided an insurance run in the third.

Jordan Chriss was cruising until the fifth when the Big Red got the bats going. With runners on first and second, Kaleb Lepper cut the deficit in half with a double to the gap in left-center. The next batter chopped a ball to third and scored when the throw was off the line. Leadoff man Ryan Krainz dropped in a single and Lepper slide in ahead of Ben Porter’s throw from centerfield to put Cornell on top, 3-2. Kyle Gallagher skied a fly ball, but with Porter shading towards right-center, the ball dropped in for a double to make it a three-run contest.

The Lions’ bullpen could not stop the bleeding as the Big Red posted three runs in the sixth and six in the seventh to put the game away.

Will Simoneit was 4-for-5 with three runs scored for Cornell. Matt Collins drove in four runs, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs.

Colby Wyatt and Jeb Bemiss teamed up to throw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to seal the win.

Columbia
Columbia
3
2
Cornell
CORNELL

Line Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbia 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 0
Cornell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 2
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
Egly 7.2 4 1 1 1 9
Hall (W, 2-0) 1.1 1 1 1 2 2
Hitting Leaders
  AB R H RBI BB HR
Porter 5 0 2 2 0 0
McGill 4 1 2 0 0 0

Harrisen Egly was terrific in his 7.2 innings, allowing just one run on four hits to go with a career-high nine strikeouts, but did not factor into the decision after the Big Red knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Jack Chernow’s double down the rightfield line with two away in the third, led to Ben Porter’s first of two RBI after the junior notched a single to left. In the fifth, McGill was in the middle of things again after reaching on a wild pitch after striking out. That proved costly for Cornell because Julian Bury came up with two outs and lofted a single over the second baseman’s head to give Columbia a 2-0 advantage.

Egly was lifted with a runner on second and two outs in the eighth, but reliever Lucas Hall issued a walk to put the tying run aboard. The Lions were still a strike away from staying in front, but Dale Wickham hacked at an 0-2 pitch for a double to the wall in right to bring in both runs. A wild pitch and another base on balls put runners on the corners, but Matt Cerfolio scooped up a chopper at third to keep things tied.

AJ DiFillipo started the ninth inning rally, reaching on an error that the Cornell pitcher could not field cleanly. A sacrifice bunt pushed him into scoring position, giving Porter another opportunity. The Lions’ centerfielder delivered a grounder that the shortstop gloved moving towards the bag at second and beat the throw to first. DiFillipo took a hard turn and darted home when the first baseman hesitated after making the catch and slide in just ahead of the tag to put Columbia back on top. However, the Big Red did not go down without a fight.

Josh Arndt was hit by a pitch and moved all the way to third with two outs via wild pitch and fly out. Collins came up and hooked a ball just foul down the leftfield line that would have won it for Cornell, but Hall caught him looking for strike three to help the Lions hang on.

Egly's start marked his 57th career appearance, tying a Columbia career record previously set by Clay Bartlett.