With two more come-from-behind victories at Penn Saturday, Columbia caught the Quakers in the Gehrig Division standings to force a one-game playoff for the third time in the last four years.
The Lions had to rally in both games and earned a split to set up a big twinbill on the final day of the regular season.
The Lions trail the Quakers by two games in the division standings heading into the final regular season weekend.
The Lions won a back-and-forth affair with Rutgers, 13-7, for its seventh straight victory Wednesday afternoon. The contest was called after eight innings due to darkness.
Wednesday's contest wraps up non-conference play for the Lions.
Sophomore Chandler Bengtson was named Ivy League Player of the Week and first-year Liam McGill picked up Rookie of the Week honors after helping Columbia post a 5-0 record last week
The Lions finished the suspended game from Saturday with a 15-2 win and took a 21-5 decision in the final. Columbia is just two games behind Penn for the Gehrig Division lead.
The Lions and Tigers will resume game three of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the Lions leading 8-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Series finale will follow 30 minutes after.
he Lions (12-21, 7-7) built strong leads in both games, but had to hold off the Tigers (9-24-1, 5-9) late in both contests.
The Lions and Tigers will face off Friday and Saturday due to rain in Sunday's forecast. Both squads are 5-7 in in the Ivy League as they try to make up ground in the Gehrig standings.
The Lions jumped out to a three-run lead thanks to home runs from unlikely sources. Joe Engel, who hit a two-run blast in the second, and Matt Karo belted a solo shot in the third.
The Lions and Rams meet at Houlihan Field Wednesday. Game time was moved up to 5 p.m. with colder temperatures in the forecast tomorrow night.