Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 1 P.M.
Bainton Field | Piscataway, N.J.
Columbia (16-25)
Rutgers (22-18)

Stat Comparison
Category Columbia Rutgers
Batting Average .266 .273
Runs Per Game 5.4 6.2
Runs Allowed 6.5 5.3
Hits Per Game 9.3 9.3
Doubles 66 55
Triples 12 12
Home Runs 23 14
SB-ATT 24-32 68-83
ERA 5.98 4.39
Opp. Batting Avg. .305 .267
Strikeouts 280 268
Walks 150 174
Fielding Pct. .973 .968

NEW YORK – The Columbia baseball team will make the drive down the New Jersey Turnpike to face off at Rutgers Tuesday in its final scheduled non-conference game of the season. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

• The Lions took the final two games of their series with Penn to take hold of the second and final Ivy League Championship Series position. Columbia (11-7) are one game ahead of Harvard (10-8) and hold a tiebreaker due to winning the regular seasons slate 2-1. Dartmouth is also in the mix at 7-6-1 and has the edge over the Lions by virtue of its series win in Hanover.
• Ben Porter had a monster game and week for Columbia, going 7-for-13 with five RBI and a 1.262 OPS to earn a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. In the Lions’ game three win over the Quakers, he was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three stolen bases and plated the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
• Ty Wiest has not allowed a hit in his last two appearances, spanning six innings. He earned a 12-out save against Penn Saturday and fanned five batters.
• Leo Pollack appeared in his 22nd game in the series opener Saturday, establishing a new single-season record for Columbia. He extended that mark to 23 with his outing Sunday and continues to lead the Ivy League and 35th in the NCAA.
• First-year Timmy Post is slated to get the start. He checks in with a 2-2 record, 4.76 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 22.2 innings of work.

RUTGERS NOTES • The Scarlet Knights were swept at Purdue over the weekend, but had won four of five prior to the series with the Boilermakers.
• Kyle Walker leads the team in batting average (.312) and Nick Matera boasts the squad lead in homers (five) and RBI (29).
• Rutgers has stolen 68 bases on 83 attempts (81.9 percent) this season. Jawuan Harris has 18 swipes to lead the team.
• Lefty Eric Reardon gets the nod tomorrow. He is 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

Rutgers holds an 18-8 record against Columbia. Last year, the Lions claimed a 13-7 victory in Piscataway in a shortened eight-inning contest (darkness). Chandler Bengtson and Randell Kanemaru each homered in the win.

The Lions will have a week off due to final exams before closing the regular season at Cornell from May 12-13.