FRIDAY - GAME ONE
COL - LHP Josh Simpson (3-1, 2.95 ERA, 26 K)
PRIN - RHP Chris Giglio (2-2, 4.58 ERA, 27 K)
COL - RHP Jordan Chriss (1-1, 4.97 ERA, 8 K)
PRIN - RHP Chad Powers (1-2, 3.82 ERA, 28 K)
SATURDAY - GAME ONE
COL - RHP Ty Wiest (0-3, 4.50 ERA, 24 K)
PRIN - RHP James Proctor (1-4, 5.25 ERA, 15 K)
COL - LHP Ben Wereski (1-1, 8.44 ERA, 16 K)
PRIN - RHP Ben Gross (3-3, 2.95 ERA, 36 K)
• The Lions dropped three of four last weekend to a hot-hitting Cornell squad, but bounced back with a 6-1 victory at Fordham Wednesday.
• First-year Jordan Chriss will enter the weekend rotation after some success out of the bullpen. In his last seven appearances he has a 1-0 record, 2.53 ERA with eight strikeouts compared to one walk.
• The Tigers were swept last weekend at Penn and sit tied with the Lions at 5-7 in Ivy League play, three games behind the Quakers for the Gehrig Division lead.
• Princeton and Rider played to a 7-7 tie after the game was called due to darkness.
• David Harding leads the Tigers with a .333 batting average. Nick Hernandez has driven in a team-best 21 runs and checks in with a .325 average.
• In the circle, the Tigers have been plagued by walks, issuing 143 which is the second most (behind Columbia) in the Ivy League.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Columbia is 96-126-3 all-time against Princeton. Last year, the Lions won three of four at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium against the Tigers, who went on to win the Ivy League Championship.
In Columbia’s 6-1 midweek win over Fordham, the Lions received homers from Joe Engel and Matt Karo - both of whom had never gone deep in their careers. Additionally, the games starting pitcher Nick O’Brien, who had made just two previous appearances, tossed three innings of no-hit ball and faced the minimum after the one batter that reached via walk was thrown out trying to steal second base. O’Brien struck out two and earned the victory, the first of his young career.
After seeing limited action while nursing an injury, Kyle Bartelman returned to the lineup with avengence last weekend. The senior went 9-for-17 (.529) with two homers, two doubles and five RBI against the Big Red.
WHO’S DOWN WITH OBP?
Columbia has five players with on-base percentages .100 higher than its batting averages and two players above .400 (Liam McGill and Randell Kanemaru). The Lions have had seven double-digit streaks of reaching base this season, including three current ones (see page seven). McGill currently leads the Ivy League with a .488 on-base percentage, which also in the top-30 of the NCAA and first among first-years.