Columbia used a five-run sixth inning to rally past East Carolina 6-3 in the opener of the NCAA regional on Friday.
Third-seeded Columbia (32-15), the Ivy League champions, advanced to play either Miami or FIU in Saturday night’s game at Mark Light Stadium.
This was just the second tournament win in Columbia history – the first came in 2013.
Second-seeded East Carolina (40-21), the American Athletic Conference champions, will play the Miami-FIU loser on Saturday.
Columbia scored in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-2. Then with bases loaded and one out, Columbia’s Logan Boyher hit what looked like an inning-ending double play to the shortstop.
But East Carolina second baseman Charlie Yorgen threw wildly on the relay, allowing Columbia to score twice for a 4-3 lead.
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