NEW YORK - The Columbia baseball team has collected a variety of preseason accolades as the Lions prepare to kick off the 2013 season this weekend at Lamar.
CollegeBaseballInsider.com surveyed college coaches from each league to preview the upcoming season.
In the Ivy League, senior outfielder Nick Ferraresi was named the conference's "most underrated hitter," Nick Crucet was tabbed the "best baserunner" and Mike Fischer the "best defensive catcher." From a leadership standpoint, Columbia head coach Brett Boretti was picked as the "best game coach."
Baseball America also previewed each league and predicted Columbia right-handed pitcher Tim Giel to be the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year.
Ferraresi capped a strong junior season with his first All-Ivy League honor. A model of consistency, Ferraresi hit .310 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. Batting mainly in the cleanup spot in the lineup, Ferraresi drove in 17 runs during 20 Ivy League games. He cranked out 15 doubles and collected six outfield assists in right field.
Crucet, who played in 30 games while making 25 starts for the Lions last season, was efficient on base, stealing 10 bases in 11 tries.
Fischer made 25 starts as Columbia's top catcher last year, throwing out 41.2 percent of base runners while making just one error.
Giel allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts last year in 54.0 innings of work during the 2012 season and will look to make an immediate impact on the mound this year.
College Baseball Insider
The most underrated hitter: Nick Ferraresi, Columbia
The best baserunner: Nick Crucet, Columbia
The best defensive catcher: Austin Bossart, Penn; Mike Fischer, Columbia
The best game coach: Brett Boretti, Columbia
Pitcher of the Year: Tim Giel, rhp, Columbia.