SCHEDULE CHANGE: Baseball Hosts Fordham in VS. Cancer Game Wednesday
Columbia’s VS. Cancer Team Page
NEW YORK – Baseball will wrap up the out-of-conference portion of its 2014 schedule Wednesday at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, hosting Fordham in a single game at 3:30 p.m. (The two teams were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader.)
The game is in partnership with the VS. Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. Following the conclusion of the game, players and coaches can volunteer to have their heads shaved to show their support of the great cause.
Fans looking to make a financial contribution to the VS. Cancer Foundation can visit the Columbia team page HERE.
Where does the money go?
Half of all proceeds will benefit national childhood cancer research, and the other half will help kids directly at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.
VS. CANCER FOUNDATION
The Lions have been clicking on all cylinders since April 5, setting a new program-record with 13 consecutive wins. The streak has improved Columbia to 21-15 overall and 13-3 in the Ancient Eight. Columbia is tied with Penn atop the Gehrig Division standings, with the two teams slated to meet this weekend for a four-game set.
Success in each facet of the game has been a great contributor to the Lions rise to the top of Gehrig division. The pitching staff has seven shutouts on the year, the most in the Ivy League and the eighth highest in the nation. David Speer’s four complete outings ranks him sixth nationally, while his strikeout-to-walk ratio (23:1) is the best among all NCAA Division I pitchers.
As a staff, Columbia has the highest strikeout rate per nine innings in the Ancient Eight at 7.8, which also ranks them 30th in the nation. The Lions 1.31 WHIP is the lowest mark among the eight Ivy League teams.
Offensively, Columbia paces the Ivy League in triples and steals, while ranking second in hits, doubles, on-base percentage and runs. The Lions have cranked 61 doubles and 12 triples, while also swiping 54 bases.
Third baseman David Vandercook leads the Ivy League with 12 doubles, while Jordan Serena sits atop the conference rankings, and is 23rd nationally, with 19 stolen bases.
Defensively, Columbia’s .972 fielding percentage is the best mark ever in program history.
Columbia will be Fordham’s second midweek opponent after hosting Fairfield Tuesday night. The Rams enter Tuesday’s contest against the Red Foxes with a 16-21 overall record and are 7-8 in the Atlantic 10.
Fordham is coming off a three-game sweep of conference foe St. Bonaventure last weekend, outscoring the Bonnies, 37-17.
Senior Tim Swatek has been the Rams standout, both at the plate and on the hill thus far. Offensively, Swatek has a team-high .360 batting average, 45 hits and 21 RBI. On the mound, he boasts a 3.96 ERA and a 4-2 record in nine starts.
Junior outfielder Matthew Cianci, who has started just 20 games this season, is the only other Fordham player hitting .300, with 18 hits and 14 runs scored.
Brett Kennedy has tossed a team-high 55.1 innings for the Rams, carrying a 4.07 ERA and a 3-6 record. Kirk Haynes Jr. holds the lowest ERA on staff at 3.23, while also limiting opposing hitters to a .162 batting average against.