The Columbia Lions baseball team did everything they possibly could in order to keep their division hopes alive. They did just that.
Lions quickly attacked in four runs in the first inning. The Princeton Tigers slowly creeped up to them scoring two runs separately in the 3rd and 4th inning and scored two more runs in the 6th inning.
Lions wasted several huge opportunities to score more runs. Columbia stranded two in the bottom of the fourth and loaded the bases in the fifth with nobody out. The Tigers’ reliever escaped the jam with two strikeouts sandwiched between an infield pop-up.
Harrisen Egly closed out the game for the Lions as he struck out Flynn swinging. Egly had five strikeouts and earned his third save of the season and eighth of his career, breaking the Columbia all-time record. Will Savage had three hits and scored a run for the Lions, Randell Kanemaru lead the offense with a homer, two rbis, two hits and scored two runs.
Lions won Game 1 of the doubleheader, 5-4. The Lions will face the Rutgers on Tuesday, April 26th, 3:30pm at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
Princeton made the Columbia Lions pay the price as they took care of business of the road winning 14-9. This is Columbia’s home game finale.
Princeton always maintain an edge over the Lions throughout the game. In the first half, they jumped to a 5-1 lead in which became the biggest lead of the half. Four answered points by Princeton. However, the Lions would not back down to the challenge. They would score two goals in the middle of the half. Lions fans kept them alive in the game and their mental toughness refused to give up. Unfortunately, no matter how much the Lions try to come back, Princeton always had an answer for them. Princeton increased their lead back to four, 7-3. Taylor Quinn would score two more goals for the Lions in the last two minutes as they went into half time trailing Princeton, 7-5.
You can say it was more of an exchange of two goals between both Princeton and Columbia. Princeton had eight saves on defense in the first half.
In the second half, the Lions didn’t have much of a chance against Princeton. They scored four quick goals to start the half, which became the biggest lead of the game, 11-5. Princeton would never look back. Columbia answered with a grinding four-goal run of its own through 13 minutes of play, but that wouldn’t be enough to surpass Princeton.
The Lions fall to 6-8 (1-5 ivy league).
It’s Friday! It’s time for Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. I will touch on both the NHL and NBA Playoffs and everything else that’s happening big around the sports world.
The New York Rangers got shut out by the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 and they now trail the series down 3-1. Now, we all seen that in the past two seasons the Rangers have rallied back to win the series after a 3-1 deficit. However, we can’t always expect the same result every year. I just don’t see this Rangers team willing to pull off something like this for a third straight year in the playoffs. They have battled with injuries and they are not the full mental tough team from the past two years. The Rangers will have to travel to Pittsburgh for Game 5 which will take place on Saturday. Can they keep their season alive or will they head home early?
Kings, Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and the Flyers are trying to bounce back from a 3-1 deficit. Islanders are looking to go up 3-2 in the series against Florida after losing a close 2-1 in Game 4 at Barclays.
Steph Curry sat out for the second straight game due to his right ankle. I think this is a good move by the Warriors because you need Curry 100% in the next upcoming rounds which won’t be easy. However, last night James Harden responded with an answer, he hit a game winning jumper late in the game to give the Rockets an 98-97 lead. With 2.7 seconds left to go, Warriors had a chance to win the game but Draymond Green fumbled the game off his right foot which resulted the Rockets to win the game. Rockets almost blew it but they manage to hang on. The series is now 2-1.