NEW YORK – Columbia senior outfielder Jason Banos batted .462 with two home runs and six runs batted in during a 4-1 week for the Lions, helping catapult Columbia into the Gehrig Division race.
Banos hit safely in four of the five games this week. He clubbed two home runs in a 6-5 Columbia win over Manhattan, with his solo shot in the sixth inning ultimately providing the difference in the game.
In Columbia’s critical game-one win over Cornell on Saturday, Banos drove in both of Columbia’s runs in a 2-1 win, delivering the game-winning RBI with a one-out single in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 deadlock.
In game two, a 12-2 Lions’ win, he doubled twice and scored three times and in Columbia’s game one win on Sunday, he also drove in a run early in the game to give Columbia a 2-0 advantage.
For the week, Banos reached base at a .588 clip, scored five runs, had four extra-base hits and played an errorless outfield, making his first start in center field in three years in the game against Manhattan.
Sophomore right-hander Stefan Olson gained a spot on the Ivy League's weekly honor roll after his brilliant complete game, three-hit shutout in the Lions' 6-0 victory over Cornell in the first game on Sunday. Olson walked two and struck out four to lower his earned run average in Ivy League games to 0.41.
After walking the leadoff batter in the third inning against Cornell, Olson retired the next 13 batters he faced until he allowed a one-out double in the seventh inning. Olson shut the door at that point, setting down the final two batters to finish the complete-game shutout.
Columbia is back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20 in a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) against Manhattan on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. The opener will begin at 2 p.m.