NEW YORK - Columbia junior outfielder Dario Pizzano was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.
Pizzano is the 15th Columbia player to be selected in the amateur draft since it began in 1965 and he is the first Columbia player to be drafted since 2004 when Fernando Perez (7th round, Tampa Bay) and Jessen Grant (43rd round, St. Louis) were drafted.
In 2012, Pizzano was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League honoree. He batted .360 during the season with four home runs, 16 doubles and 36 runs batted in. He drew 31 walks and struck out just 16 times during the season. Pizzano improved his batting average to .409 during Ivy League play with two home runs and 20 runs batted in.
A three-time first team All-Ivy League outfielder, Pizzano was the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year in 2010 and is tied for the program record in home runs with 25, matched by former Major Leaguer Gene Larkin '84.
During his three years at Columbia, Pizzano has batted .364 in 133 games. He ranks among Columbia's top ten in career batting average, slugging percentage (.647), on-base percentage (.448), doubles (43), home runs (25), runs batted in (108) and total bases (293).