Baseball Visits St. John's and Rutgers Midweek
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ABOUT THE MATCHUPS
Columbia takes a break from Ivy League action to take on St. John’s and Rutgers on the road. The Rutgers matchup is a rescheduled game from April 1, that had been postponed due to weather. Last season, the Lions dropped a 15-6 decision to Rutgers, but defeated St. John’s at home, 5-3.
ST. JOHN’S STATUS
SCOUTING THE LIONS
First-year second baseman Will Savage and junior third baseman David Vandercook had stellar weekends at the plate. Savage, one week removed from being named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, went 9-of-16 (.563) at the plate, scored five runs, three stolen bases and drove in four RBI. Vandercook went .400 through four games, knocking four doubles and a grand slam en route to nine RBI over the weekend. His five RBI in game one against Harvard was a career-best.
As a team, the Lions were successful in 11-of-12 stolen base attempts, with Jordan Serena matching Savage with three swipes. First-year Kyle Bartelman swiped two bases, while also going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the series finale at Harvard.
Sophomores George Thanopoulos and Kevin Roy each earned wins in their respective starts, while junior Mike Wiesman earned credit for the win in game one against Harvard. Thanopoulos improved to 3-0 on the year after tossing seven innings, giving up just two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six in the Lions’ 5-4 win over Dartmouth. Roy came away with the win after a strong six innings, striking out seven Crimson hitters and allowing just one earned run. Weisman notched his first win of the season, throwing three innings in relief against Harvard without allowing an earned run.
SCOUTING THE RED STORM
Shortstop Jarred Mederos has started all 30 games this season, posting a .343 average and driving in a team-best 23 RBI. Mederos provides power to the Red Storm lineup, knocking five doubles, one triple and one homer. Third baseman Robbie Knightes has started 18 games, recording a .383 average in 60 at bats.
As a team, St. John’s holds a team ERA of 4.29. Probable starter Alex Katz holds a 4.50 ERA and a 1-1 mark in nine appearances. His 24 strikeouts is tied for third-most on the pitching staff. Reliever Joey Kuzia is yet to allow an earned run in 21.1 innings, while striking out 17 opposing hitters.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
A trio of Rutgers players are hitting above a .300 clip, led by Brian O’Grady at .363. O’Grady has a team-high 37 hits, six doubles, four triples and three home runs. Vinny Zarrillo comes in hitting at .350, driving in a team-high 20 RBI. Pat Sweeney is hitting at a .303 clip, making 24 starts in 27 contests.
The team ERA of Rutgers stands at 5.48, with Howie Brey recording a team-low 1.69 ERA. In 26.2 innings, Brey has earned a 3-1 record to go with 15 strikeouts and 15 walks. Max Herrmann has thrown 22.1 innings in 11 appearances, earning a 2-0 record with 21 strikeouts. Jon Young has also made 11 appearances this season, tossing 15.1 innings on his way to a 5.87 ERA.