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.

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 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.

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

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 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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