|Runs Per Game||5.4||6.2|
|Hits Per Game||9.3||9.3|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.305||.267|
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
• 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
• 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.