|Runs Per Game||5.0||5.2|
|Hits Per Game||8.9||9.7|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.323||.338|
The Lions have won five of their last seven after taking last weekend's series with Harvard and a midweek contest against St. John's. After two Ivy League sets, Columbia is tied with Yale for first place in the conference at 4-2.
The Big Green had their midweek contest canceled due to inclement weather. Previously, Dartmouth went a rare 1-1-1 against Penn to begin Ancient Eight play. After taking the series opener, 5-4, the Big Green fell the Quakers in 11 innings the following day and the nightcap of the doubleheader was suspended due to darkness, leading to a 4-4 draw.
DARTMOUTH PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sean Sullivan | Jr. | INF
.432 • 16 R • 7 RBI • 7-8 SB
Dustin Shirley | Sr. | INF
.342 • 2 HR • 13 RBI • 3-3 SB
Austen Michel | So. | RHP
8 APP • 1-1 • 2 SV • 4.95 ERA • 18 K
Dartmouth leads the all-time series 109-77. The Big Green swept the two-game set last year with 6-2 and 9-2 victories at Robertson Field and have won four-straight over Columbia. The teams have had a healthy rivalry of late, meeting in three consecutive Ivy League Championship Series from 2013-15.
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 .362 with 24 runs scored, batting primarily from the leadoff spot.
• He is currently riding a 46-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 slugging percentage (.543), runs scored, hits (38), doubles (9) and triples (2).
• Ranks in the top five in batting average (third), on-base percentage (.464 - third), runs (16 - third).
• The Santa Ana, California, native is a career .349 hitter, just outside of Columbia's top-10.
• Kanemaru sits 10th in career hits (175), doubles (38) and homers (17) in program history.
• Is 30 hits shy of tying Columbia's all-time hit record of 205, held by Ron Williams.
• 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.
After quietly putting together a fine start to the season, junior Joe Engel exploded last week against Manhattan and Harvard to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors. The shortstop has two or more hits in four of his last five games and has his average up to a team-best .370 and has driven in 17 runs, which is also second in the Ivy League.
LEO THE LION
Sophomore left-hander Leo Pollack has appeared in an Ivy League-high 14 games this season out of the bullpen. He has appeared in six of Columbia's last eight contests.
First-year Matt Cerfolio has made an immediate impact, posting a team-high 19 RBI. He is currently tied for fourth in the conference in the category. Cerfolio has shifted to third base for the Lions, a position he did not play prior to college.
HALL OF A RETURN
After missing the 2017 season due to injury, Lucas Hall is emerging as a go-to reliever for Columbia this season. Hall has recorded saves in the last two Lions' victories and has not allowed a run over his last four outings. He has made six appearances and has 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work.
McGILL STARTS McHOT
Sophomore Liam McGill picked up right where he left off after his rookie campaign earned him Collegiate Baseball All-America and Second Team All-Ivy League honors. McGill was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Feb. 26 and is among the conference leaders in slugging percentage (.524 - second) and doubles (7 - third). He is batting .333 with three of homers, 17 RBI and a .407 on-base percentage.