DANBURY, Conn. – Juniors Chandler Bengtson and Joe Engel of the Columbia baseball team were tabbed All-ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference), as announced Thursday. Bengtson earned first-team status, while Engel was selected for the second team, respectively.
Both players gained first team All-Ivy League accolades last week to make them eligible for the ECAC awards.
Bengtson led the Ivy League with 10 home runs, with seven coming in conference play, leads the team with 39 runs scored and 31 RBI. He slugged at .595 clip in Ancient Eight games and played stellar defense at first base, posting a .990 fielding percentage. The Fresno, California, native, who was named Ivy League Player of the Week on April 10 and an honorable mention pick in 2017, already ranks sixth on the Lions’ career long-ball list with 20.
Engel, a three-year starter at shortstop who has always been known for his defensive prowess, had a career-year from the plate. The junior posted a team-best .313 batting average and added seven doubles, 27 runs
The Lions are set to open NCAA Tournament play tomorrow, June 1, at No. 1 Florida. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. on ESPN3.