Sunday, May 7 | Robertson Field at Satow Stadium | 1 p.m.
Due to rain in the forecast, Columbia and Penn's Gehrig Division playoff will now be played on Sunday, May 7 at 1 p.m.
1 train service will not be running uptown over the weekend from the 110 and 116 Street stations. To take mass transit, head to the 125th Street station or take a downtown train to 96th Street and switch to the uptown platform.
PENN - RHP Jake Cousins (6-1, 2.50 ERA, 51 K)
COL - LHP Josh Simpson (4-1, 3.63 ERA, 35 K)
• The Lions won three out of four games against the Quakers last weekend to erase a two-game deficit to Penn in the Gehrig Division standings.
• Columbia came from behind in all four contests, rallying from deficits of five, three, two and three.
• Senior Shane Adams played a key role in the series clincher Sunday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, including the go-ahead double in the seventh inning in Philadlephia.
• The Lions will be in search of its sixth Gehrig Division crown.
• The Quakers still boast an Ivy League-best 3.98 ERA and 333 strikeouts.
• Penn is hitting .303 in Ancient Eight games, which is behind only Columbia.
• Tim Graul leads the squad, hitting .379 with 36 RBI. Matt McGeagh and Matt O'Neill have a team-best five homers.
• Jake Cousins should get the nod for the Quakers. He allowed six earned runs in six innings last Friday in the opener against the Lions. He is 6-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Columbia is 124-131-3 all-time against Penn. Columbia and Penn have battled for the Gehrig Division crown in three of the last four seasons, with a playoff game needed to crown the winner between the teams in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
RETURN OF THE CARDIAC KIDS
With its three wins over Penn on Apr. 28-29, Columbia improved to 14-3 in “elimination games,” dating back to the 2013 NCAA Fullerton Regional. They are also 8-0 in these type of contests at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
• Lost first game of NCAA Regional and beat New Mexico 6-5 in 13 innings.
• Lost to Arizona State.
Needed a win vs. Penn to force one-game playoff with the Quakers for Gehrig Division title and advance to ILCS
• Won 5-2 in regular season finale and 4-0 on the road in playoff game.
• Later lost to Bethune Cookman after dropping first game at NCAA Regionals.
Same scenario with Penn as 2014. Won at Penn, 8-6, in 10 innings to force playoff on final day of the regular season.
• Won playoff game, 4-2, at home. Lost opening game in best-of-three ILCS to Dartmouth and came back, winning the next two games, 7-2 and 10-7.
• Dropped second game of NCAA Regonals, and defeated FIU, 4-3, and Miami, 3-0, to force decisive game vs. Hurricanes. Fell in Regional final to Miami.
• Trailed Gehrig Division leading Princeton by five games with six to play and topped the Tigers, 5-4 and 8-7.
Behind Penn by three games in Gehrig Division with three to play.
• Defeated Quakers, 12-7 at home, and swept doubleheader at Philadelphia 14-4 and 7-5 the following day to force another playoff.
After only scoring 10 runs twice heading into their series at Princeton series, the Lions have now done so in five of their last seven games. Columbia's batting average has gone from .264 to .291 during that stretch. In three of those games, each Columbia positional starter has recorded at least one hit. The Lions are now first or second in just about every offensive category in league games only. See page five for a full breakdown.
Junior Randell Kanemaru has been a model of consistency, but he is also swinging a hot bat for Columbia. He has his batting average up to .399 to lead the Ivy League and ranks 16th in the NCAA. His 42 RBI are second in the conference, one behind the leader, and 1.59 hits per game rank 17th nationally. Kanemaru ranks among the Ivy League leaders in nearly every offensive category. He is a two-time All-Ivy League selection and was tabbed a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2014.
Since returning to the lineup full time against Cornell after nursing an injury, Kyle Bartelman has been on fire. In his last 14 games, he is hitting .452 (28-for-62) with five homers and 23 RBI. Despite missing four Ivy League games, Bartelman is second in RBI (27), third in hits (31). The Chicago product leads the Ancient Eight in slugging (.868) and is second in batting average (.456). This past week, he was recognized as Ivy League Player of the Week.