Columbia Travels to Fordham Wednesday to Renew Crosstown Rivalry

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Columbia is in search of consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 2003.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, April 27, Columbia will drive 15 minutes down the road to meet Fordham in a midweek twinbill in the Bronx.  The first of two seven-inning contests will begin at 4 p.m. at Fordham's Houlihan Park.

The doubleheader will be Columbia's final midweek games of the season, before the Lions close out 2011 with a home-and-home series against Penn, beginning on Friday, April 29 at Columbia's Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

The Rams enter Wednesday's games with a 24-15 record and 7-5 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  Fordham had been riding a seven-game winning streak before falling in the final two games of a three-game weekend series at 28th-ranked Charlotte.

Live stats are available for Wednesday's twinbill, courtesy of Fordham's official athletics website.

LAST SEASON VS. FORDHAM
Columbia swept a doubleheader with Fordham on Robertson Field last season, winning game one 6-3 before taking the nightcap, 5-4.  The Lions rallied in both games, sparked by a three-run double by Jason Banos in game one and in game two, Nick Crucet beat out a potential double play ball to score the go-ahead run in the eighth, capping a three-run rally in the inning.

NICK THE STICK
Nick Ferraresi went 3-for-4 in the second game and had four hits in seven at-bats in the doubleheader at Princeton on Monday afternoon.

WHIT'S END
Geoff Whitaker struck out a career-best eight batters in game two against Princeton on Monday afternoon and set down the first 13 batters he faced in the game.  The senior right-hander had tied his career high for strikeouts in a game (seven) in a complete-game win at Yale earlier this season

CALL HIM AL
Alex Ferrera's home run against Princeton on Monday, a two-run shot, was the 17th of his career, which ranks ninth all-time in program history at Columbia

JASON CHASIN' DOUBLES RECORD
Jason Banos stroked his eighth double of the season in game two on Monday at Princeton.  It was the 43rd two-bagger of his career, moving him six behind the all-time mark in Columbia history (49) set by former teammates Matt Buckmiller '02 and Billy Hess '03.

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