SATURDAY - GAME ONE
COR - RHP Tim Willittes (3-1, 4.86 ERA, 26 K)
COL - LHP Josh Simpson (3-0, 1.82 ERA, 22 K)
COR - LHP Justin Lewis (1-2, 6.84 ERA, 26 K)
COL - RHP Ethan Abrams (1-3, 4.66 ERA, 18 K)
COR - RHP Tommy Morris (1-1, 4.70 ERA, 9 K)
COL - RHP Ty Wiest (0-2, 3.60 ERA, 17 K)
COR - RHP Paul Balestrieri (4-2, 2.29 ERA, 27 K)
COL - LHP Ben Wereski (1-1, 9.75 ERA, 15 K)
• The Lions took two at Brown Sunday, dropped a pair at Yale Monday and fell in a slugfest to Monmouth (17-12) Tuesday.
• Columbia begins Gehrig Division play at 4-4 and sits just one game behind Princeton (5-3).
• The Big Red matched its win total from last year, heading into this weekend 14-11 overall and 3-5 in Ivy League play.
• Cornell split doubleheaders at Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend.
• The Big Red check in with a .284 batting average - good for second in the conference.
• Junior Dale Wickham is hitting .383 and ranks third in the NCAA, posting 0.57 doubles per game.
• Game four’s slated starter Paul Balestrieri is the team’s ace, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.29 ERA).
INSIDE THE SERIES
Columbia is 108-127 all-time against Cornell. The Big Red took three of four last year in Ithaca and snapped an nine-game skid in the series.
Sophomore Josh Simpson, winner of his last three outings, ranks third the Ivy League with a 1.82 ERA and has not surrendered an earned run in his last 15.0 innings of work (dating back to Mar. 25 at Penn State). 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.
WHO’S DOWN WITH OBP?
Columbia has six 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 five players with dobule-digit streaks of reaching base this season, including Julian Bury’s current streak of 14-straight. McGill currently leads the Ivy League with a .495 on-base percentage, which also in the top-30 of the NCAA.