FRIDAY - 6:30 p.m.
COL - RHP Ethan Abrams (0-2, 4.40 ERA, 12 K)
PSU - RHP Sal Biasi (2-2, 3.86 ERA, 35 K)
SATURDAY (GAME ONE) - 1 p.m.
COL - LHP Josh Simpson (0-0, 3.07 ERA, 10 K)
PSU - RHP Justin Hagenman (1-3, 5.61 ERA, 25 K)
SATURDAY (GAME TWO)
COL - RHP Zack Bahm (1-1, 6.23 ERA, 2 K)
PSU - RHP Cole Bartles (0-1, 4.05 ERA, 7 K)
SUNDAY - 12 p.m.
COL - RHP Ty Wiest (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 8K)
PSU - TBD
• The Lions went 1-2 at Tulane last weekend to wrap up a 10-day spring break trip of the Southeast.
• Columbia scored six runs in the top of the ninth to break a 5-5 tie and earn its first win of the season on March 18 against the Green Wave.
ABOUT PENN STATE
• The Nittany Lions are coming off a 4-3 win over Bucknell Tuesday.
• Penn State was swept in a three game series at Delaware last weekend after going 4-3 on its spring break trip in California.
• Jordan Bowersox is the team’s leading hitter with a .353 batting average. Willie Burger has three dingers and 15 RBI to pace the club.
• The Lions will see Penn State’s ace Sal Biasi Friday night, who boasts a 2-2 record with a 3.86 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
• Nick Distasio has saved three games and has two wins under his belt in seven relief appearances. he has struck out 22 batters in 13.1 innings.
Columbia and Penn State have met just two previous times, once in 1933 and again in 2010 at the Coca-Cola Classic Tournament in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The Lions captured the first meeting with a 9-7 win. The Nittany Lions won the last meeting, 6-5.
COLUMBIA VS. THE BIG TEN
Columbia holds a record of 26-55 against teams currently in the Big Ten. However, 68 of those meetings came against Rutgers. The Lions’ last victory over a Big Ten foe was a 13-2 win against the Scarlet Knights in 2014 while they were a member of the American Athletic Conference. Columbia’s last win over a traditional Big Ten opponent was a 9-3 triumph over Illinois in 2011.
Sophomore Chandler Bengtson exploded for two home runs and seven RBI to help Columbia notch its first win of the season over Tulane on March 18. The long balls were the first baseman’s first hits of the season. He is the first player to hit two home runs in a game since Joey Falcone in 2015 and the first Lion to drive in seven runs since Robb Paller in 2015. He has driven in runs in the last three games and is tied for the team lead with 10 RBI.