NEW YORK - Columbia's baseball team handed out its team awards following a 2012 season in which Columbia won 21 games and posted a 12-8 record in the Ivy League. It was the second 20-win season in three years for the Lions.
In a vote by their teammates, five different Columbia players were honored. Junior outfielder Dario Pizzano gained the Lou Gehrig MVP award for the second straight season after a brilliant year at the plate. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, Pizzano batted .360 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 36 runs batted in. He tied for the team lead with 37 runs scored and drew 31 walks. Pizzano was even better during Ivy League play, when he batted .409 with two homers and 20 RBI. Among all Ivy League players, Pizzano finished second in base hits and third in doubles in 2012.
Senior right-hander Pat Lowery received the team's Cy Young award after a dominant season on the mound. In nine starts, Lowery worked to a 2.35 earned run average, the lowest among Ivy League pitchers all season. Lowery fashioned two complete games, posted one shutout and struck out 46 batters in 53 2/3 innings. In Ivy League play, Lowery was outstanding with a 3-1 record and a 1.80 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched.
Senior Jon Eisen earned the Joseph P. Allen Memorial award, given to the member of the team who has made the greatest contribution in terms of inspirational leadership, sportsmanship, team and college loyalty, and service as a player. Eisen hit .446 in league play and won the Blair Bat award, given to the player with the highest batting average in Ivy League games. Leading off for the Lions, Eisen tied for the team lead with 37 runs scored and totaled a team-high 13 stolen bases. He batted .360 during the season and reached base at a .449 clip.
Fellow senior Anthony Potter won the team's Mr. Hustle award for his dedication on the field, in the dugout and at practice. In Columbia's final game on Senior Day, Potter cracked a pair of base hits and reached base three times to help lift Columbia to an 11-1 win over Penn. Potter played an errorless first base in 2012 after doing the same during the 2010 campaign.
The final award was given to David Spinosa, named the team's rookie of the year. Spinosa made a team-high 18 appearances for Columbia and emerged as a fireballing closer in his rookie year. Spinosa led the pitching staff with four saves and struck out 26 hitters in 28 innings pitched. The right-hander pitched to a 1.17 earned run average during Ivy League play with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.