Baumann Gem Leads Baseball to Game Two Victory Over Harvard
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/John Forthun

NEW YORK – John Baumann pitched a complete-game victory in game two to lead Columbia to a split vs. Harvard. The Lions won game two, 5-1, while Harvard captured the first contest, 9-4, at Andy Coakley Field.



The second game featured an unusual matchup on the mound; Baumann and the Crimson's Brad Unger are also starters on their school’s basketball squad.



Columbia scored two runs in the first inning of the second game. Dan Neczypor singled up the middle to drive in Ron Williams and Andrew Ward. Jason Banos singled to the right side in the second inning, scoring Dean Forthun, who had doubled earlier in the frame, giving Columbia a 3-1 lead.



The Lions added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, when Henry Perkins singled up the middle to score Ward. Mike Roberts drove in Perkins with a double against the center field wall to make it a 5-1 game.



In seven innings of work, Baumann pitched nine strong innings for a complete game, surrendering only one earned run – a home run – on five hits. The right-hander also recorded seven strikeouts in the victory. He improves to 2-1.



In game one, Dean Forthun came to the plate with the bases loaded in the second inning. Forthun singled to the shortstop to drive in Andrew Ward, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead.



Harvard answered with four runs in the top of the third, but Columbia came back in the bottom of the inning. The Lions scored two runs in the frame to make it a 4-3 game. Ron Williams singled to left field and Andrew Ward followed with a triple, driving home Williams. The next batter, Mike Roberts, reached on an error, allowing Ward to score.



Columbia tied the game in the fourth inning, when Kyle Roberts scored on a pass ball. Roberts singled earlier in the frame and stole second before reaching third on a fielder’s choice.



Harvard regained the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring a run on a fielder’s choice with a runner on third. The Crimson added two more runs in the inning, and tacked on two more in the seventh to complete the scoring.



Henry Perkins pitched 5.1 innings for the Lions, allowing three earned runs on 12 hits. Perkins falls to 1-4 on the season. Ron Williams and Andrew Ward each had two hits, while Ward and Dean Forthun drove in runs for Columbia in game one.



Columbia is 10-13-1 on the season, while Harvard goes to 6-10. The Lions are 5-3 in the Ivy League and hold a 1/2-game lead in the Gehrig Division over Cornell, which was 2-1 for the weekend and plays a makeup game with Brown on Monday, April 2. The Crimson are 2-2 in conference play.

The Lions will travel to Monmouth on Tuesday, April 3 for a non-conference game that begins at 3 p.m.



The next game at Andy Coakley Field will be on Saturday, April 21, when Columbia hosts Cornell for a doubleheader starting at noon.