Friday's Baseball Senior Day Begins Season-Ending Series with Penn
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – Columbia will finish the 2011 season with a home-and-home, four-game series against Penn this weekend, beginning in New York on Friday and continuing in Philadelphia on Saturday. 

Friday's doubleheader on Robertson Field at Satow Stadium will begin at noon.  Saturday's doubleheader at Penn's Miekeljohn Stadium also will be a noon start.

Columbia’s nine seniors – Roger Aquino, Jason Banos, Dan Bracey, Nick Cox, Alex Ferrera, Alex Godshall, Max Lautmann, Kevin Roberts and Geoff Whitaker – will be honored between the first and second games vs. Penn on Senior Day on Friday. The senior class of 2011 has won 76 games during its four years and 43 Ivy League games.  The 43 Ivy League wins are the second most in program history, behind the class of 2010, which won 46 Ivy contests during its career. will offer live streaming video of Friday's games to SideLION Pass subscribers, along with live stats available both days and a live blog on Friday, available below.  Friday's doubleheader will also be broadcast live by WKCR, with the live stream available online.  Admission is free to all fans at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.

Columbia’s pitching staff continues to impress against Ivy League opponents.  For the season, the Lions’ hurlers sport a 3.89 earned run average, lowest among Ivy League staffs, and have struck out 223 batters. In league play, Columbia pitchers have posted a 3.61 ERA as a staff, posting a strikeout to walk ratio of better than three to one.

Columbia ranks first in the Ivy League with 54 stolen bases this season. The Lions are stealing bases at a 77.1% clip and have four players with at least six swipes this season.

Columbia’s lineup has been the most patient at the plate this season, as the Lions lead the Ivy League with 142 bases on balls. Conversely, Columbia pitchers have walked 131 batters, which ranks third among Ivy League teams.

Geoff Whitaker struck out a career-best eight batters in game two against Princeton last Monday 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

Since 2006, Columbia holds a 13-7 advantage in the series with Penn. The Lions took three of four games in last year’s series that ended the regular season. Columbia clinched the Gehrig Division title in memorable fashion last year at Penn’s Miekeljohn Stadium. The Lions rallied from a 9-2 deficit and ultimately won 10-9 with two runs in the eighth inning as Eric Williams and Zach Epstein combined for six innings of shutout relief work fo close out the contest.