CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Columbia baseball team took a 4-2 lead at the top of seventh but the Miami Hurricanes completed a late-inning comeback with a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings to overcome the Lions 6-4 Wednesday night at Mark Light Field.
After a 1.5 hour rain delay, the skies finally cleared up in Miami in the Lions’ spring break finale
Columbia (2-11) once again outhit Miami (17-7), eight hits to seven as Jordan Serena, Alex Black and Joey Falcone recorded two hits apiece to lead the way offensively.
Thomas Woodrey notched the win for the Hurricanes to stay undefeated on the season (3-0) as he held the Lions scoreless in 1.1 innings of work with one strikeout.
Miami took the first lead of the night in the bottom of the second with an RBI double by Michael Broad.
The Lions responded with a run in the fourth inning to even the score, 1-1. Black and Falcone hit back-to-back singles to start it off, and Nick Ferraresi reached on a fielder’s choice to advance Black to third. Silbar polished off the inning with an infield RBI groundout to send Black to the plate.
With two outs and no one on in the top of the sixth, Ferraresi was hit by a pitch and shook it right off as he took advantage of the situation and stole second. Vandercook came through to send Ferraresi to the plate with an RBI single to right center field as the Lions took over, 2-1.
Miami took advantage of Columbia walks as Alex Hernandez got a bases-loaded walk to tie things up, 2-2 in the bottom of the frame.
With two outs and a full count in the seventh, Black started a Columbia rally with a single to center field. Black took a large lead off first as Falcone ripped an RBI double into deep right center to send Black to the plate. Ferraresi then slammed one into center field and reached second due to a fielding error, allowing Falcone to score and make it a 4-2 game with Columbia in front. Woodrey came in relief for Miami to halt the rally with a strikeout.
An RBI groundout by Garrett Kennedy cut Columbia’s lead to 4-3 as Silbar made a nice spinning catch to save a run. Michael Broad then connected on an RBI single through the left side of the infield to tie the game up at 4-4.
The Hurricanes struck for two in the decisive bottom of the frame on a Brandon Lopez grounder and a sacrifice fly by Ricky Eusebio en route to the victory.
Up next, the Lions return to New York City to open the 2013 home slate with a doubleheader against NYIT beginning at 12 p.m. at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.