|Runs Per Game||5.1||6.5|
|Hits Per Game||9.2||9.2|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.303||.267|
The Lions took a 3-1 lead after scoring twice in the second and using a solo homer from Randell Kanemaru in the third. However, No. 1 Florida bounced back with six runs in the fourth inning and outscored Columbia in the seventh and eighth when it scored and tried to rally.
The Owls dropped a 5-3 decision to Jacksonville last night. FAU jumped out to a 3-0 advantage after three and a half innings, but Jacksonville belted two homers to tie it in the bottom of the fourth and the Dolphins used a two-out hit to take the lead, 4-3, in the fifth. Like Columbia, the Owls return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the past six seasons. FAU reached the Conference USA Tournament title game for the first time in school history last weekend with a walk-off 9-8 win in 10 innings against Rice. The game didn't end until 3 a.m. and the Owls fell to Southern Miss a few hours later in the title game.
INSIDE THE SERIES... FAU
Columbia is 2-12 all-time against the Owls. The teams have not faced off since an 8-7 FAU victory on March 15, 2006. The Owls have taken the last 10 meetings against the Lions. Columbia's last win came in 1991 (18-10).
COLUMBIA AGAINST CONFERENCE USA
The Lions are 6-27 against teams currently in Conference USA. Columbia split four games with UTSA and fell at Rice during its spring break trip in March.
The Dolphins have won 17 of 23 overall and enter the Regional as a No. 2 seed in a regional for the first time in school history. Jacksonville went two and out at the Atlantic Sun Tournament against North Florida and Stetson.
INSIDE THE SERIES... JACKSONVILLE
The Lions and Dolphins have met five times previously, including a four-game set to begin the 2016 campaign. Columbia split the series with a pair of extra-inning wins in games two and four. However, Jacksonville shutout the Lions 2-0 and 1-0 in its two triumphs.
COLUMBIA AGAINST THE ATLANTIC SUN
The Lions are 10-12 against teams currently in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Columbia has not faced A-Sun competition since its series with Jacksonville.
Columbia's performance against Yale in the Ivy League Championship Series was filled with superlatives for the program and the ILCS.
• Four pitchers combined to limit the Bulldogs to one run and eight hits in 15 innings of game two. Jordan Chriss lasted seven innings and struck out five. Wiest bounced back to throw six innings of one-hit, shutout ball.
• In total, five different pitchers (Leo Pollack & Lucas Hall worked the 14th and 15th innings in game two), combined to allow just one run over 24 innings. Its the fewest runs any team has ever allowed in an ILCS (two or three-game series).
• The Lions were the first road team to prove victorious in the ILCS since Dartmouth in 2010 and the first to do so via a series sweep since Princeton in 2006. The contest was the longest in ILCS history and believed to be the longest for the program.
NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
The Lions are 4-11 all-time in NCAA Regional play. Columbia went 3-2 at its last regional in 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. The Lions won its opener against FIU, before falling to Miami on day two. Columbia responded with a victory over East Carolina and a stunning 3-0 triumph over the hosts Miami to force a decisive game. The next day, the Hurricanes earned the Super Regional berth with a victory in the regional championship contest.