Providence, R.I. | Murray Stadium
New Haven, Conn. | Yale Field
• The Lions scored six runs in the first inning to propel them to a 7-4 upset victory at No. 4 St. John’s Wednesday.
• Columbia started Ivy League play with a sweep of Harvard before dropping two games to Dartmouth.
• The Bulldogs took three of four last week, splitting with Cornell and sweeping Princeton. Yale most recently dropped a midweek contest at Fairfield, 5-1, Wednesday.
• Yale has scored the most runs in the conference (124) and boasts speedy leadoff man Tim McGraw, who leads the Ivy League in runs scored (23) and is second in stolen bases (10).
• Griffin Dey is the Bulldogs’ big bopper, regsitering an Ancient Eight-best seven homers and 24 RBI.
• On the hill, Yale has surrendered 100 walks. However, No. 1 starter Scott Politz, who the Lions will face in game one, has not had that issue (40 K - leads Ancient Eight, 7 BB).
INSIDE THE SERIES - YALE
Columbia is 68-100 all-time against the Yale. Last year, the Bulldogs swept a doubleheader at Robertson Field, winning game one 14-5 and taking the nightcap, 9-7, in 10 innings.
• The Bears split a pair of doubleheaders last weekend, sweeping Cornell before falling twice at Princeton.
• Brown is built on pitching and defense. The Bears’ are tops in the Ancient Eight in fielding percentage (.977) and they hold a team ERA of 3.97, good for second in the Ivy League.
• Sam Grigo leads the team, batting .333 and is riding an 11-game hitting streak heading into the weekend.
INSIDE THE SERIES - BROWN
Columbia holds a 60-61-1 record against the Bears. The Lions have won eight-straight in the series, four by shutout, dating back to 2013. Last season, Columbia earned 7-3 and 10-2 decisions at home.
After the Lions’ 7-4 win at then No. 4 St. John’s on April 5, the program has now defeated at least one ranked team in four of the past five seasons. Since 2013, Columbia has six wins against top-25 foes and four have come against teams in the top-10 (No. 6 Houston - twice in 2015, No. 8 Miami in 2015 NCAA Regional, No. 4 Red Storm in 2017).
Sophomore Chandler Bengtson’s second grand slam of the season highlighted the Lions’ six-run first inning in their 7-4 upset win at St. John’s. His first grand slam came in Columbia’s first win of the season at Tulane on March 18. He also posted a three-run shot in the contest and finished seven RBI. He became 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. In limited time, Bengtson has just seven hits, but leads the squad with 15 RBI.
🎥 Watch Chandler Bengtson's SECOND grand slam of the season here. 💪🏼💪🏼https://t.co/pwSQkIVplO— Columbia Baseball (@CULionsBaseball) April 6, 2017