COL - LHP Ben Wereski (0-1, 12.96 ERA, 12 K)
STJ - RHP Matt Messier (0-0, 2.53 ERA, 9 K)
• The Lions are coming off a 2-2 weekend after sweeping Harvard Saturday and falling twice to Dartmouth Sunday to begin Ivy League play.
• Liam McGill went 8-for-13 (.615) and added a pair of RBI in his first four conference contests, while Kyle Bartelman hit .426 with a dinger, triple and five RBI.
• Columbia received strong pitching in its wins over Harvard, using a three-hit shutout from Josh Simpson in a 2-0 win followed by six-innings of one-run ball from Ethan Abrams and three shutout frames from Brett Gannaway in a 5-1 triumph in the nightcap.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S
• The Red Storm have won nine-straight and come into Wednesday’s contest ranked No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll and No. 14 in the Baseball America and D1Baseball.com polls.
• St. John’s leads the nation in batting average, hitting .340 as a team and rank 11th in runs per game (8.1).
• Three Red Storm position players rank in the top-13 in the NCAA in batting average (Gui Gringas - .455, John Valente - .424 and Jesse Berardi - .420).
• On the mound, St. John’s boasts a 2.47 ERA - good for sixth in the NCAA.
Wednesday will be the 40th meeting all-time between the Lions and the Red Storm, with the Johnnies holding a 27-12. However, Columbia has won five-straight in the series. St. John’s last win in the series came in 2010 on a pinch-hit RBI single by Joe Panik - currently the starting second baseman for the San Francisco Giants.
Sophomore Josh Simpson was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week after his three-hit shutout of Harvard on April 1. The lefty was the first Lion to throw seven scoreless since Kevin Roy did so at Princeton on Apr. 12, 2015. In his last three starts, Simpson is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 19.0 innings of work.
WHO’S DOWN WITH OBP?
Columbia has had three players with dobule-digit streaks of reaching base this season. First-year Liam McGill is on a 16-game string. He currently leads the IvY League with a .521 on-base percentage, which also the 12th best in the NCAA. Earlier this season, shortstop Joe Engel found a way on in the club’s first 16 games, while Randell Kanemaru reached in 15 in a row.