BASEBALL SPLITS TWIN BILL AT COLUMBIA
New York, N.Y. (April 25, 2007)- Manhattan won the first game of a twin bill, 5-1, at Columbia this afternoon at Andy Coakley Field to extend its winning streak to 16 games and its road win streak to 15 games, but both streaks were halted with a 5-4 loss in the nightcap. The Jaspers now stand at 24-12 on the season, while the Lions are now 16-24-1.
In the opener,
Columbia scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, putting together three singles to score one run and make the score 2-1 after four innings.
The score remained 2-1 into the seventh, until the Jaspers put the game away with a three run inning, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Garcia (scoring Eric Nieto) and Dom Lombardi (plating Garcia and Matt Rizzotti).
Brian Pendergast (5-0) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits over five innings. Jeremy Shaw worked a perfect sixth to run to extend his consecutive no-hit appearances streak to five, spanning 11 innings of work. Tom Moran did not allow a hit in the seventh to close things out.
In the nightcap, it looked as if the Jaspers would extend both of their NCAA Division I-best streaks, taking a 4-0 lead into the fifth. The Jaspers scored a run in the second on a Ruben Perez RBI groundout, and added three more in the fourth. Ryan Masters drove in the Mike Garcia with a RBI groundout for the first run before a
The Lions began their comeback in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the deficit to 4-1 on a RBI fielder’s choice. A two-run single in the bottom of the sixth made the score 4-3, and Columbia completed the comeback with a two-run, game-ending home run in the bottom of the seventh.