PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia baseball team was picked to finish second in the inaugural Ivy League Preseason Poll, as voted on by select members of the media that cover the conference. The Lions earned 101 points, which only trailed defending 2017 Ancient Eight Champions, Yale.

The Bulldogs received 125 points, including 15 of the possible 16 first-place votes. Dartmouth took the third spot, followed by Penn in fourth.

Columbia is coming off an 18-23 overall campaign with a 12-8 mark in Ivy League play. The Lions tied Penn for the last Gehrig Divisional crown before falling to the Quakers in a one-game playoff.

This season, the Ivy League eliminated divisional play and each team will face each other in a three-game weekend series. The top two teams at the conclusion of the regular season will compete in a best-of-three Ivy League Championship series, hosted by the No. 1 seed.

The Lions bring back the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Randell Kanemaru, as well as Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Julian Bury. In total, the Lions bring back seven positional starters, six of whom that have earned all-conference accolades (Chandler Bengtson, Bury, Joe Engel, Kanemaru, Liam McGill) during their careers. Senior Ty Wiest will anchor the weekend rotation and the Lions return the program’s all-time leader in saves, Harrisen Egly, and 2017 second team All-Ivy League selection Ian Burns.

Columbia opens the 2018 season with a four-game series at UNLV from February 23-28 in Las Vegas.

No. Team Points
1. Yale (15) 125
2. Columbia 101
3. Dartmouth (1) 92
4. Penn 91
5. Harvard 50
6. Princeton 49
7. Cornell 48
8. Brown 21