NEW YORK – For the second time in as many weeks, Columbia and Manhattan will take to Robertson Field at Satow Stadium on Wednesday, April 20 in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. The teams will play two seven-inning games.
Last Wednesday, April 13, Columbia defeated Manhattan 6-5, snapping the Jaspers' 10-game win streak. Dario Pizzano and Jason Banos belted two-run home runs in the first inning and Banos followed with a solo shot in the sixth inning that ultimately provided the margin of victory. Tim Giel came on to close out the game, getting the final out in the eighth inning before shutting the door in the ninth for his third save of the season.
The Lions are returning from a weekend in which they won three of four games from Cornell to begin Gehrig Division play. Columbia received three complete games from its pitching staff during the weekend and used some timely hitting and aggressive base running to claim the series victory.
Meanwhile, Manhattan swept a three-game series with Marist last weekend to improve its conference record to a perfect 12-0. The Jaspers hold an 18-12 overall record and have an overall team batting average of .295.
BANOS NAMED IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
Columbia's pitching staff has continued to impress against Ivy League opponents. For the season, the Lions' hurlers sport a 3.63 earned run average and have struck out 185 batters. In league play, Columbia pitchers have posted a 3.27 ERA as a staff, posting a strikeout to walk ratio of better than three to one.
COX CLOCKS CORNELL
Nick Cox belted a pair of home runs against Cornell in Sunday's doubleheader, including a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning of the Lions' 6-0 victory. Cox has hit five of his eight career home runs against the Big Red.
THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING
STEAL THE BACON
As a team, Columbia is 11 for its last 11 stolen base attempts. Columbia stole five bases without being caught in game one on Sunday and Nick Cox had a pair of steals, pushing his career total to 68, which is second all-time at Columbia.