NEW YORK — Taking advantage of nine errors by Princeton (2-19, 0-6 IVY), Columbia Baseball (10-13, 3-3 IVY) finished off the weekend sweep of the Tigers, winning Sunday’s afternoon matchup, 15-2, at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium to wrap up Columbia’s first Ivy League sweep since 2019.
While Princeton had a rough day in the field, committing nine errors, the Lions did what they needed to do elsewhere to win the game, getting a career-best 5.0 innings of work from starter Joe Sheets (1-0), where he gave up no runs, struck out six and allowed just four hits, and four innings of clean-up work from J.D. Ogden and Will Parkinson. Columbia also smacked seven doubles, tying the most since 2007, taking advantage of the extra outs the subpar Princeton gave Columbia.
“Joe [Sheets] gave us a great start and pitched really well,” said head coach Brett Boretti. “I think the guys had a lot of fun today and our energy was good. I think that our pitching staff did a really good job, attacking the Princeton hitters all day long.
“We found a way to battle back offensively in the first game of the weekend and in game two we took advantage of the situatons and getting guys on base to put pressure on them. Today, I think, was a continuation of that. We ran the bases hard, and guys were really aggressive all weekend long.
“We walked more then we struck out this weekend, which is something positive that we can take going forward.”
Columbia got multi-hit days from Austin Mowrey (4-5 1 R), Cole Hage (2-6 2 R 2B), Tyler MacGregor (2-4 2 R 2B 1 RBI) and Weston Eberly (2-5 2B 1 R 2 RBI). And on the base paths the seven stolen bases came from Hage and Mowrey, who each had two, and MacGregor, Skye Selinsky and E.J. Kreutzmannwho each had one on the day, with the Lions pulling off two double steals in the game.
When Princeton gave the Lions extra outs to work with, they took advantage, and the score showed that as Columbia finished off the weekend sweep with the 15-2 win, outscoring Princeton 38 to nine over the three games.
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HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE): Right away Princeton’s defense effected the game, as an error from the third basemen allowed Hage to reach first in the leadoff spot at the bottom of the first inning, and after a wild pitch he was on second and Columbia was in business. Hage advanced to third on a ground out and scored on an RBI from MacGregor to give the Lions a quick 1-0 lead to open the game.
The Lions, who scored in every inning except the fourth and eighth, scored three more runs over the second and third innings, getting two in the second, when back-to-back errors scored Schott and put Anton Lazits on third, followed up by a Kreutzmann RBI to score Lazits. They then added one in the third with a MacGregor leadoff single that led to him crossing home thanks to an Eberly double down the left field line, putting the score at 4-0 in Columbia’s favor.
Sheets, who was putting in a solid performance, finished off his day in the fifth with a one-two-three inning that included a leadoff strike out to open the frame and a line out to center to end his day with a line of 5.0 IP 4 H 0 ER 6 K. The start was the best overall start of the first year’s young career as he made just his second start of the season.
The Lions then took advantage of Princeton errors in the fifth and sixth to score three runs over those two innings, getting a pair of runs in the fifth, with two RBIs from Kreutzmann, and an RBI double to center from Selinsky. And after six innings of play the Lions held a commanding 7-1 lead.
Columbia’s final eight runs all came at the bottom of the seventh, when a very sloppy three errors committed by Princeton allowed Columbia to open the flood gates. Hage opened the frame with a double to left center and he was advanced to third in the next at-bat.
MacGregor then walked and Boretti put the double steal on, where the aggressive base running forced Princeton into the first error of the inning, as Hage stole home the throw from the Princeton shortstop, who had five errors on the day, sailed over the catcher’s head to advance MacGregor to third. He then scored on an Eberly single to center, making it 9-2.
Schott walked and himself and Eberly were advanced on a wild pitch, they were both knocked in courtesy of a Lazits single to left and the score sat at 11-2 with the Lions still having only one out in the inning. The bases were then loaded, with a Selinsky walk and Kreutzmann single to right, and with Mowrey at the plate the error bug bit Princeton’s left fielder.
Mowrey lined one into left which scooted under the glove of the left fielder for another error, clearing the bases and allowing Mowrey to come all the way around on the three-bag error. Mowrey’s bases clearing knock, along with his own run, put the score at 15-2 as Columbia was finally done scoring runs.
Three solid innings of work from Ogden, and a pair of strikeouts to end the game by Parkinson, locked up Columbia’s weekend sweep as the 15-2 win over Princeton placed the brooms in Columbia’s hands.
GAME NOTES: Columbia’s seven stolen bases is the most in a game since stealing seven against Princeton in 2014… It was the first conference sweep for the Lions since sweeping Yale over the Apr. 13-14, 2019 weekend … Hage has now reached base safely in 21 straight games, the most by a Lion since Julian Bury reached 19 times from Apr. 14, 2019 – Mar. 6, 2020 … Blake went 4-13 1 HR 2 2B 3B 1 SB over the weekend … Eberly went 4-12 3 2B 1 SB 3 RBI over the weekend … Hage smashed .400 over the weekend with 6 H 7 RBI 1 HR 2 2B … Kreutzmann took advantage of his at bats going 4-8 5 RBI 1 SB … Mowrey was on fire all weekend, going 9-13 .692 BA 3 SB … Selinsky went 3-9 2 2B 2 SB 1 HR on the weekend.
UP NEXT: Columbia hits the road for its next four games, starting with a midweek matchup at Monmouth on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 3:30 pm They then head to Brown for a weekend Ivy League matchup starting on Saturday, Apr. 9 with a doubleheader and wrapping up on Sunday, Apr. 10.
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