Summerhays Home Run, Baumann Gem Propel Lions to Sweep at Princeton

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Jake Summerhays was 3-for-3 with a home run
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/John Forthun

PRINCETON, N.J. - Jake Summerhays and Ron Williams each hit a home run in game one, while John Baumann pitched a complete game in game two, as the Lions swept a doubleheader at Princeton (8-18), 6-5 and 3-2.

Williams also contributed three hits for Columbia (12-19-1) in the second game to finish with five hits on the afternoon.

In game one, Columbia put four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. Jason Banos walked to lead off the game, and then scored when Ron Williams homered to left field to give the Lions a 2-0 lead. Up next, Andrew Ward singled to right-center field. Jake Summerhays then came to the plate and also homered to left field for the first round-tripper of his collegiate career.

The Tigers responded with a home run of their own in the bottom of the frame to cut the Columbia advantage to 4-2. Lions hurler Bill Purdy settled down and did not surrender another run until the bottom of the seventh.

In the third, Summerhays singled to right-center, and moved to second base when Noah Cooper walked. Dean Forthun then doubled the left field line to drive home Summerhays, making it a 5-2 ball game.

Williams singled through the left side in the top of the fourth, and then stole second. Summerhays knocked his third RBI of the game when he singled through the right side, giving the Lions a 6-2 lead.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh. when Princeton managed back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning to pull within 6-3. The Tigers added a two-run home run later in the frame, but Purdy got the third out for his fourth victory of the season (4-3). Purdy pitched the complete game, allowing five earned runs and striking out four.

In the second game of the twin bill, John Baumann pitched a gem, throwing the second complete game of the afternoon for Columbia. The junior right-hander pitched nine innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four on only 104 pitches.

The game remained scoreless until the third inning, when the Tigers scored a run on a single after Dan DeGeorge reached on an error.

In the Columbia fourth, Mike Roberts led off the frame with a walk and moved up to second on a wild pitch. Craig Rodwogin reached on an error by DeGeorge, the Princeton left fielder, allowing Roberts to cross the plate and tie the game at 1-1. The Tigers regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Aaron Prince to regain the lead, 2-1.

Henry Perkins led off the seventh with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a balk. The next batter, Williams, singled to third to put runners on first and third base with no outs. Andrew Ward hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field, allowing Perkins to tag up and score to again tie the game.

Jake Summerhays reached on an error in the eighth. Thomas Stevens entered the ball game as a pinch runner for Summerhays and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cooper. With two outs, Forthun to left field for his second RBI of the day, giving Columbia a 3-2 lead.

The Lions improve to 7-7 in the Ivy League, while the Tigers are now 4-6 in the conference. The seven victories by Columbia is the most the team has had in the Ivy League since 2004 (eight). The Lions are also one win shy of matching their overall victory total from last season (13).

The second doubleheader of this series has been postponed due to rain. A make-up date will be announced on Monday, April 16.

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