|Runs Per Game||5.4||5.3|
|Hits Per Game||9.1||8.4|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.309||.292|
WHAT'S THE SCENARIO?
Columbia (11-7) enters the final regular season weekend percentage points behind Dartmouth (10-6-1) due to a Big Green tie) for the second and final Ivy League Championship spot. Havard is also in the mix at 10-8 with three games against Dartmouth in Cambridge slated for Sunday-Monday. The Lions do not hold a tie-breaker against the Big Green due to dropping the regular season series in Hanover, so they must finish ahead of Dartmouth. Columbia went 2-1 against the Crimson, so if there is a tie, the Lions would get the edge.
The Lions come into the weekend well rested after a 10-day layoff due to final exams. Columbia dropped its non-conference finale to Rutgers May 1 after taking 2-of-3 against Penn on Senior Weekend.
The Big Red has won their last three Ivy League series, including a 2-1 mark at Brown May 5-6. Like the Lions, Cornell was off last weekend.
CORNELL PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dale Wickham | Sr. | OF
.287, 5 HR, 29 RBI
Ryan Krainz | Sr. | INF
.289, 27 R, 9-11 SB
Andrew Ellison | So. | RHP
2-4, 2.10 ERA, 3 SV, 15 APP
Cornell leads the all-time series 130-109. The Big Red have picked up series wins in each of the past two seasons, going a combined 6-2.
The Lions are the first Ivy League club to produce four-straight Player of the Week honorees and also own the distinction of having five different Player of the Week award winners in the same season, which is also believed to be a first. Julian Bury became the fourth consecutive a fifth overall Lion (McGill, Kanemaru, Engel, Bengtson) to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors on April 16.
Jordan Chriss made three straight appearances on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll and has a 2-2 record with an 1.35 ERA with 22 strikeouts compared to one walk in his last six appearances (26.2 IP). In Ivy League games only, the sophomore has a 2.03 ERA (third in the conference) and 20 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Senior catcher Lane Robinette has been solid behind the plate all season long, leading the Ivy League in runners caught stealing (13), but has been picking things up with the bat of late. In his last 13 games played, Robinette is hitting .281 (9-32) with seven runs scored, four doubles a homer and nine RBI.
BURY NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK
Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-American Julian Bury earned conference Player of the Week honors after hitting .500 against Fordham and Brown with four RBI, three runs and a pair of steals in four games. Last season, Bury hit .333 with 35 runs scored from the leadoff spot and tied for the team lead with 14 doubles. Bury also established himself as a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder with several diving catches that caught the attention of ESPN and social media.
Chandler Bengtson became the third straight Columbia player to earn Ivy League Player of the Week Apr. 10 after registering a 1.863 OPS with six runs, three homers and nine RBI against St. John's and Dartmouth. The first baseman had a monster final two games against Dartmouth Sunday, belting a solo homer in the opener before unloading two more bombs in the series finale to help the Lions avoid a sweep. Both homers were three-run shots for his third career five-plus RBI performance. Bengtson leads the conference with 10 dingers, six coming in Ancient Eight play, and is tied for sixth on Columbia’s career list with 20 home runs, one shy of tying Glenn Meyers for fifth place.
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 .309 with 33 runs scored, batting primarily leadoff or in the two-hole.
• Had a 46-game on-base streak, dating from the end of last season until April 7 at Dartmouth, which was the longest streak in the nation.
• The Santa Ana, California, native is a career .335 hitter, just outside of Columbia's top-10.
• Kanemaru sits tied for seventh in career hits (188), and is tied for seventh in doubles (40) and eighth homers (19) in program history.
• Is 17 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 against Manhattan and Harvard to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors on April 2. The shortstop is hitting a team-high .329 (third in Ancient Eight) with 26 runs and 28 RBI.
LEO THE LION
Sophomore left-hander Leo Pollack set Columbia's single-season record by appearing in his 22nd game against Penn on Apr. 28. His 23 total appearances lead the Ivy League. He has compiled a 1-1 record with a save, 3.34 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
HALL OF A RETURN
After missing the 2017 season due to injury, Lucas Hall has emerged as a go-to reliever for Columbia this season. Hall has recorded four saves on the year, one shy of tying Harrisen Egly's single-season mark set in 2015 and 2016, and has allowed just one run over his last 11 outings. He has made 12 appearances and has 26 strikeouts in 16.1 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 doubles (12 - tied for second) and runs (33 - third). He is batting .317 with five homers and 26 RBI.
After three seasons of working out of the bullpen, Harrisen Egly has moved into the starting rotation. Egly is a two-time All-Ivy League selection and Columbia’s all-time leader in saves with 11 to his name. The Edina, Minnesota, native has appeared in 56 games, two shy of setting a Columbia record currently held by Clay Bartlett '10CC.