For the second straight year, South Kingstown alum Liam McGill will be playing for an Ivy League title on the baseball diamond, as Columbia clinched a berth in the conference championship series via a 4-0 shutout of Penn on Saturday.
The former Rebel played a huge part in continuing the Lions’ quest for back-to-back crowns, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of runs driven in as Columbia prevented the Quakers from completing a three-game series sweep.
McGill got things started in the top of the first, drilling a base hit to left field with two out to drive home Joe Engel, enabling the Lions to jump out to a 1-0 advantage.
Then, in the Columbia half of the eighth, the junior connected on an offering from Penn reliever Grant Guillory that cleared the fence in right field for his fourth home run of the spring that at the time put the Lions ahead 3-0.
It marked the third game in a row in which McGill had two hits, with him also extending his hit streak in Ivy League play to nine, dating back to a 2-for-5 performance in an 8-2 victory over Yale on April 13.
Saturday’s triumph raised Columbia’s record in conference play to 13-8 on the season, which has enabled the Lions to finish in second place in the Ivy League standings and book a date with regular season champion Harvard for the loop’s championship.
The best-of-three series will take place two weekends from now, with the 14-7 Crimson entrusted with hosting duties after picking up a 7-2 decision over Brown on Monday afternoon.
McGill will be entering the decider as one five Lions hitting over the .300 mark for the season, doing so at a .309 clip, while also occupying the second position on the team in doubles (10), home runs (4) and runs batted in (22).
Timpson in final postseason
Narragansett product Carly Timpson competed at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship meet this past weekend for Quinnipiac, stepping onto the podium in the hammer throw for the Bobcats.
In her final appearance at the MAAC meet, the ex-Mariner finished in third with her best effort sailing 50.13 meters, falling 53 centimeters short of her top performance of the season the previous week at the Yale Springtime Invitational.
Timpson also competed in the high jump, an event that she had won three years running, but was unable to complete a career sweep as she did not record a height after failing to clear 1.55 meters.
Prout graduate Mason Feole hurled seven innings of two-hit ball while notching 10 strikeouts on Friday as Connecticut recorded a 4-0 shutout of Wichita State. His final punchout of the evening was the 250th of his Husky career, placing him third on the program’s all-time chart and just 20 away from the school record . . . Ex-Crusader Annie Alofsin played in three games this spring as a backup goaltender for the Endicott women’s lacrosse team, recording a save in 52 total minutes of playing time for the Gulls . . . South Kingstown native Drew Edwards scored his 15th goal of the spring on Saturday for the Sacred Heart men’s lacrosse team but was unable to prevent the Pioneers from falling 14-13 to Hobart in the Northeast Conference semifinals.