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Lions Host Fordham in Final Non-Conference Games of the Season

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/24/2012
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NEW YORK - Coming off a series victory at home against Princeton, Columbia is back on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium for a midweek doubleheader against Fordham on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. The two teams will play two seven-inning games in the twinbill.

In a New York City rivalry that dates back to the 1884 campaign, Columbia has won four of the last six games against the Rams.

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PITCHING IN
Columbia’s pitching staff has been strong all season and the Lions’ starters have kept that up in Ivy League. In the 16 league games so far, Columbia’s pitching staff has posted a 3.40 earned run average, a mark that is second in the league. Opponents are batting .251 against Lion hurlers and Columbia’s staff leads the league with 109 strikeouts in league play.

BATS HEATING UP
Columbia’s offense is heating up lately as the Lions improved their team batting average to .296 during league play. Columbia scored 16 runs on 24 hits in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Princeton. Twelve of those 24 hits on Saturday went for extra bases, including 11 doubles.

DOUBLE UP
Columbia ranks 36th in the nation in doubles per game with more than two per game. The Lions are 44th overall in doubles. In double plays, Columbia ranks 40th overall and on a per game basis. Columbia has turned 37 double this plays this season, or just shy of one per game.

STANDING PAT
Senior right-hander Pat Lowery earned his second Ivy League win in Friday’s series opener with Princeton. Lowery allowed an unearned run and two hits in six innings plus to help lead the Lions to a 4-1 win. Lowery lowered his earned run average to 2.44 and has pitched to a 1.85 ERA in four Ivy League starts.

SUPER DARIO
Junior outfielder Dario Pizzano is batting .385 in Ivy League play and has reached base at a .485 clip. He has hit two of his three home runs this season during league play and has collected 13 of his team-high 28 RBI in league action. Pizzano’s solo shot on Friday provided some insurance to Columbia in its 4-1 win and was the 24th of his career, one shy of the all-time program record.

GO JONNY GO
Senior infielder Jon Eisen is hitting a team-high .414 during Ivy League action and has scored 19 runs in 16 league games. Eisen owns the longest hitting streak this season among Ivy League players, an 18-game streak that ended earlier this month. Nonetheless, Eisen owns a .320 batting average this season and leads the Lions with nine stolen bases.

NICK THE STICK
Junior outfielder Nick Ferraresi doubled in each end of Columbia’s doubleheader on Friday vs. Princeton and now has a team-high 15 doubles this season. Ferraresi is second in the Ivy League in doubles, one ahead of teammate Dario Pizzano, who has 14. Ferraresi ranks 35th in the nation in doubles while Pizzano is 57th, behind the nation’s leader with 21 two-baggers.

NICK THE QUICK
Junior infielder Nick Crucet had a big game in the nightcap against Princeton in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. Crucet had three hits in four at-bats and drove in three runs. With Columbia leading 5-4 in the 7th inning, Crucet blasted a two-run double to plate a pair of insurance runs. Crucet later stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly to make it an 8-4 game as the Lions won, 8-5.

OUTSTANDING OLSON
Junior right-hander Stefan Olson has won each of his last two decisions after throwing 5 2/3 innings in Columbia’s 8-5 victory over Princeton on Saturday. Olson allowed three runs on six hits to pick up his third win of the season.

BILLY THE KID
Senior outfielder Billy Rumpke had three hits in six at-bats in Saturday’s doubleheader, including two hits that drove in a pair of runs in game one. Columbia trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded and one out. Rumpke took a 3-2 pitch from Michael Fagan back up the middle to score the tying run, eventually setting up the winning run which came home on a wild pitch to give the Lions an 8-7 walkoff win.

PALLER BALL
Rookie outfielder Robb Paller had a solid day at the plate in Saturday’s game one win over Princeton. Paller doubled home two runs in the game, including a two-out double in the first that keyed a four-run inning. In the fifth, Paller unlocked a 5-5 tie with an RBI double to give the Lions a 6-5 lead.

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