|Runs Per Game||4.6||5.3|
|Hits Per Game||8.7||8.4|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.331||.316|
The Lions took 2-of-3 in their Ivy League opening series against Yale last weekend, coming back from six and four-run deficits, respectively, in the first two games. In Columbia's midweek against Manhattan, the Jaspers came away with a slim 8-7 victory in 10 innings after the originally suspended game (darkness) was completed Wednesday.
The Crimson was idle last weekend and will make their Ivy League debut against Columbia. Harvard is coming off a 10-2 win against Holy Cross Wednesday.
HARVARD PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ben Skinner | Jr. | OF
.324 • 16 R • 1 HR • 11 RBI • 7-8 SB
Patrick McColl | Jr. | 1B
.233 • 10 HR • 5 2B • 20 RBI
Hunter Bigge | So. | RHP
4 APP • 1-1 • 3.12 ERA • 2 SV • 7 K
Columbia is 65-84-1 all-time against Harvard, but have won nine of the last 10 meetings and are 18-2 against the Crimson under Brett Boretti. Last season, Columbia swept a doubleheader 2-0 and 5-1 at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES
Trailing by six runs, Columbia sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a thrilling 11-10 victory in its Ivy League opener against Yale on March 24. The first seven hitters all reached base and Randell Kanemaru started and finished the rally. Kanemaru led things off with a base-hit and registered a game-winning single.
Reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Randell Kanemaru, continues to be one of the most consistent players in the country. Here's a rundown on his senior campaign and where he stands on Columbia's career records.
• Currently hitting .374 with 16 runs scored, batting primarily from the leadoff spot.
• He is currently riding a 42-game on-base streak, dating back to the end of last season. That is currently the longest streak in the nation.
• Leads Ivy League in hits (34), doubles (9) and triples (2).
• Ranks in the top five in batting average (third), slugging percentage (.549 - second), runs (16 - third).
• The Santa Ana, California, native is a career .350 hitter (10th on Columbia's career list).
• Kanemaru sits 10th in career doubles (38) and homers (16) in program history.
• He is four hits (171) and one RBI shy (101) of cracking the top-10.
• Is 34 hits shy of tying Columbia's all-time hit record of 205, held by Ron
• Kanemaru hit .395 in 2017, the third highest of any returning student-athlete in the NCAA, to go with seven homers and 42 RBI.
• Kanemaru has earned All-Ivy League status in each of his three seasons with the Lions, including Rookie of the Year accolades in 2015.
LEO THE LION
Sophomore left-hander Leo Pollack has appeared in an Ivy League-high 11 games this season out of the bullpen. He appeared in two games in the Yale series, allowing just one run in five innings pitched and induced three ground ball double plays in 5.0 innings of work.