March 31, 2014

Baseball Drops Pair at Columbia in Ivy Opener

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Freshman Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) allowed just two runs over seven innings in the second contest, but the Columbia baseball team kept the Brown offense quiet, as the Bears dropped a pair of 4-0 games to the defending champion Lions in the Ivy opener for both teams Monday afternoon at Satow Stadium.

Brown moved to 4-8 overall and 0-2 in Ivy play, while Columbia improved to 8-12 on the season and 2-0 in league action.

In the first game, senior Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) allowed one earned run in the loss, giving up seven hits in six innings of work. David Speer went the full seven innings to pick up the win for the Lions, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts.

After four scoreless innings, the Lions opened up the scoring with one run in the bottom of the fifth, when Rob Paller lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and sent in Will Savage to give the home side the 1-0 lead.

Columbia continued to attack with three more runs on a pair of hits in the sixth. After Gus Craig reached on an error with one out, Columbia rattled off three straight hits, capped with a homer by Savage to push the Lions in front, 4-0. In the top of the seventh, Speer sent down the Bears in order to seal the victory.

Taugner was handed the loss in the second game, going seven innings with seven strikeouts and two earned runs, while counterpart George Thanopoulos earned the win as he held the Bears to a pair of hits over eight frames.

Columbia jumped on the board in the second as David Vandercook hooked a two-run double to right field to give the home side the early advantage.

Taugner settled down the rest of the way, limiting the Lions to just two hits over the next five innings, before the Lions scored two more runs off sophomore Austin French (Orange, Conn.) in the eighth for the four-run lead.

Sophomore Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) led off the top of the ninth with a single up the middle, but Columbia reliever Mike Weisman came in for three straight outs to secure the win.

Brown returns to Ivy play tomorrow when the Bears visit Penn for a doubleheader. The first game is set to start at noon.