MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia Cougars hope to turn things around when they host the Newark Academy Minutemen at Underhill Field at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Cougars are beginning to hit better than they had to start the season, connecting for seven hits against their 8-3 loss to the Cedar Grove Panthers, dropping to 0-4.
Freshman pitcher Danny Boehmer made the start for the Cougars and despite a strong relief appearance in his last outing, the youngster couldn’t stop the Panthers, giving up four runs in three innings of work.
After an early two-run Cedar Grove lead, the Cougars came the closest to catching the Panthers when shortstop Eric Lax hit a double and was then batted in by catcher Brendan Clark. After the first inning the Panthers held a 2-1 lead, but Columbia would get no closer.
The bright side of the loss for the Cougars was Lax, who went 3 for 3 on the day with two doubles and a run scored. Lax also relieved Boehmer in the fourth inning and held the Panthers for an inning before giving up two runs in the next inning.
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