NEW YORK – Fresh off the 2011 campaign, Columbia has selected its captains in advance of the 2012 season, head baseball coach Brett Boretti recently announced.  Rising seniors Alexander Aurrichio, Jon Eisen and Pat Lowery will captain the squad next season.

Aurrichio is a two-time All-Ivy League honoree and recently earned honorable mention at designated hitter after another strong season at the plate.  In 2011, Aurrichio batted .270 with four home runs, 26 runs batted in and 10 doubles.  He had 37 base hits in 38 starts and stepped up his production during Ivy League play with three home runs and 14 RBI.  "Aurrichio is an emotional leader of the team and very driven," Boretti said.  "He energizes those around him."

Eisen, who has played second base, third base and the outfield during his time in a Lion uniform, earned Columbia's Mr. Hustle award in 2011.  He finished fourth on the team in runs scored and stolen bases and was second on the team in sacrifice hits in 32 starts this season.  "Eisen goes hard every day," Boretti explained.  "And he leads by example every day."

Lowery has been Columbia's number-one starter on the weekends in each of the past two seasons.  During each of the last two seasons, opponents have batted just .247 against the right-hander who has worked to a 3.96 earned run average, tossed six complete games and struck out 82 during that span.  "Lowery has worked himself into one of the top arms in the Ivy League," Boretti stated.

Columbia will open its 2012 season in early March.