March 3-5  | Gainesville, Fla. | ALFRED A. McKETHAN STADUM
Columbia (0-0)
ColumbiaFlorida
Florida (7-2)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

FRIDAY
COL - RHP Ethan Abrams (1-1, 4.72 ERA)*
UF- RHP Alex Faedo (1-0, 2.70 ERA)

SATURDAY
COL - LHP Josh Simpson (2-4, 6.07 ERA)*
UF- RHP Brady Singer (2-0, 0.71 ERA)

SUNDAY
COL - RHP Ty Wiest (0-0, 0-0) !
UF - RHP Jackson Kowar (2-0, 1.59 ERA)

* - 2016 Stats
! - Missed last seasaon due to injury


NEWS/NOTES

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
• The Lions kick off the 2017 campaign this weekend for a three-game set with No. 2/3 Florida.
• Columbia saw its Ivy League Championship streak end at three, but finished 2016 strong winning seven of its final nine games.
• The Lions three quarters of its weekend rotation to graduation, but should be bolstered by the return of junior righty Ty Wiest, who missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and sophomore lefty Josh Simpson.
• In the field, two-time All-Ivy League selection Randell Kanemaru anchors the offense after hitting .340 with five homers and 27 RBI in 28 games.

 

ABOUT FLORIDA
• The Gators split a home-and-home series with UCF, earning a 4-3 win at home Tuesday before falling, 11-2, in Orlando Wednesday.
• Shortstop Dalton Guthrie leads the Florida regulars, hitting .333 with three RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
• Third baseman Jonathan India is the team’s top power threat and has belted two homers to go with seven RBI.
• Nick Horvath has not allowed a run in any of his four appearances out of the bullpen, allowing just two hits and striking out four in 3.2 innings of work.

 

SERIES HISTORY
Columbia and Florida have only met one previous time, a 24-8 victory for the Gators in Gainesville on March 18, 2003.

 

COLUMBIA VS. THE SEC
The Lions are 1-4 all-time against teams in the Southeast Conference. Columbia’s only win came at Tennessee on March 18, 1989, a 2-0 decision. The last time the Lions faced an SEC foe was in 2014 when they were edged, 8-7, in 11 innings to Texas A&M. Columbia will also head to Mississippi State to play the Bulldogs twice over spring break next weekend.

 

DIRTY HARRY
Right-handed pitcher and 2016 All-Ivy League second team selection Harrisen Egly became Columbia’s all-time leader in saves last season as a sophomore. He currently has 10 career close-outs and tied the program’s single-season mark with five saves in 2015 and 2016.

 

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAINS
This past fall, Columbia named four captains for the upcoming 2017 season. Seniors Kyle Bartelman and Ryan Marks along with juniors Randell Kanemaru and Ty Wiest were selected to leadership positions after team votes.