NEW YORK - The 2013 Columbia baseball squad will be taking the field for the first time against outside competition this weekend with a pair of games vs. New York City rivals Manhattan and Fordham at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. The Lions take on Fordham on Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. followed by a showdown with Manhattan on Sunday, October 14 at 12 p.m.

The 2013 Lions feature 20 returning letterman, including second team All-Ivy first baseman Alex Black and honorable mention All-Ivy picks Stefan Olson and Nick Ferraresi.

Columbia has 10 position players with starting experience and nine pitchers that recorded innings last season.

A talented class of 10 newcomers, including outfielder Joey Falcone, the 2011 CUNY and ECAC Rookie of the Year transfer from the College of Staten Island, rounds out the Columbia veterans.

The Lions ended the 2012 season with 21 wins and a 12-8 Ivy League record. It was the second 20-win season and the second Ivy League winning season for the program in the last three years.

Last season, Manhattan swept Columbia, 9-2 and 6-3, in a pair of seven-inning games in the Bronx. Columbia split a doubleheader with Fordham on its home field, winning the opener by a score of 6-1 before falling 4-2 to the Rams in game two.