Columbia uses stout pitching effort in 7-3 win over Tulane

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NEW ORLEANS – Columbia’s pitching staff recorded 17 strikeouts and allowed just three runs on four hits to defeat host Tulane 7-3 Friday evening on Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

The Lions advanced to 6-7 on the season, while the Green Wave tumbled to 3-15.

Columbia reliever Will Parkinson (2-0) got the win, yielding just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings. Starter Andy Leon pitched into the fifth inning and whiffed nine Tulane players against three hits and five walks while allowing five runs.

Tulane starter Dylan Carmouche (0-4) went five and a third innings, surrendering six strikeouts and two walks with five runs on eight hits.

Offensively, Lions’ second baseman Jack Kail went 2-for-2 and drove in four runs and two others scored on RBI singles by first baseman Griffin Palfrey. Right fielder Hayden Schott also went 3-for-5.

Tulane third baseman Braden Morrow went 2-for-4 at the plate for the home team.

Columbia scored three times in the top of the second before Tulane answered with a run-scoring double down the left field line by left fielder Jake LaPrairie.

The Olive and Blue evened the proceedings at 3 in the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Gavin Schulz scored on a passed ball and second baseman Michael Lombardi dented the plate when catcher Brennan Lambert drew a one out, bases loaded walk. However, Tulane couldn’t capitalize further following back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

Columbia accounted for the final margin with three more runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Tulane’s Lambert smashed his sixth double of the season in the second inning.

The two teams will play the second game of the series Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

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