BRONX, N.Y. – The Columbia baseball team makes the short trip to Fordham to take on the Rams at Houlihan Park Wednesday, April 19. Game time was moved up to 5 p.m. with colder temperatures in the forecast tomorrow night.
The Lions took one of four games against a hot-hitting Cornell squad over the weekend. Columbia won the series finale by an 8-7 count on Easter Sunday thanks in part to a 3-for-4 effort by Kyle Bartleman, who’s two-run homer in the sixth proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
Bartleman went 9-for-17 (.529) in the four-game set with the Big Red with two doubles, two homers and five RBI. Randell Kanemaru also had a fine week, driving in seven runs with a pair of long balls in five contests last week.
The Rams (18-13) are winners of four-straight after a weekend sweep of Saint Joseph’s in A-10 play. Fordham has also won seven non-conference tilts in a row heading into a road matchup against Fairfield Tuesday.
Matthew Kozuch paces the offense with a .301 batting average and Justin Bardwell has 16 RBI to lead the Rams.
In the circle, Brian Weissert will get the starting nod. He checks in at 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Lions are 52-72-2 all-time against Fordham. Last season, the Rams claimed a 4-1 decision at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
Columbia will jump back into Gehrig Division play with a four-game series at Princeton beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 22 starting at 1 p.m. All four games will be aired live on the Ivy League Digital Network.