|Runs Per Game||4.3||7.1||4.6|
|Hits Per Game||7.8||10.0||9.1|
|Opp. Batting Average||.341||.257||.251|
The Lions split their weekend series with UTSA, taking the first two games before dropping the final pair.
Texas & AM Corpus Christi fell in 3-of-4 of its games at Oklahoma over the weekend, but took the finale by a score of 14-4 Sunday. The Islanders started the season 10-2, including an upset of No. 21 Mississippi State on Feb. 25.
Tuesday will be the first meeting between Columbia and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
TEXAS A&M CC PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jackson Owens | Sr. | INF/RHP
.341 • 14 R • 3 3B • 9 RBI
Thomas Jeffries IV | Jr. | 1B
.339 • 2 HR • 16 RBI
Harrison Dinicola | Jr. | UTL
.339 • 4 HR • 16 RBI • .645 SLG%
COLUMBIA AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND
The Lions have only faced one other team currently in the Southland Conference, Lamar. Columbia made trips to Beaumont, Texas, in 2009 and 2013 and went a combined 1-7.
The Owls also are coming off dropping 3-of-4 against Gonzaga over the weekend and will host TCU Tuesday before the contest with the Lions.
Columbia and Rice have never previously met in baseball.
RICE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ford Proctor | Jr. | INF
.467 • 1 HR • 17 RBI • 12 R
Ryan Chandler | Sr. | OF
.342 • 1 HR • 10 RBI • 12 R
Chace Sarchet | Sr. | INF
.266 • 2 HR • 15 RBI
COLUMBIA AGAINST CONFERENCE USA
The Lions are 6-26 against teams currently in Conference USA. Columbia dropped a pair of games at Southern Miss last season. The Lions are coming off a four-game split of UTSA and will face Houston twice this weekend to wrap up their spring break trip.
Junior shortstop Joe Engel went 6-for-15 (.400) at UTSA to take over the team lead in batting average at .356 and has added six runs and seven RBI, which is second on the squad.. HIs on-base percentage rose up to .442, good for third in the Ivy League after getting beaned three times against the Roadrunners.
HALL OF A RETURN
After missing the 2017 season due to injury, Lucas Hall is emerging as a go-to reliever for Columbia this season. He has made four appearances (tied for a team-high) and has seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. He worked on back-to-back days in the first two games of the UTSA series, throwing a combined 3.0 innings of perfect ball with a pair of K's.
McGILL STARTS McHOT
Sophomore Liam McGill picked up right where he left off after his rookie campaign earned him Collegiate Baseball All-America and Second Team All-Ivy League honors. McGill was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Feb. 26 and is leading the conference in walks (9) and runs scored (11). He is batting .326 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and a .442 on-base percentage.
Reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Randell Kanemaru, highlights the long list of returning Columbia players. Kanemaru hit .395, the third highest of any returning student-athlete in the NCAA, to go with seven homers and 432 RBI. He is currently riding a 32-game on-base streak, dating back to the end of last season. That is currently the second longest streak in the nation. Kanemaru has earned All-Ivy League status in each of his three seasons with the Lions, including Rookie of the Year accolades in 2015. The Santa Ana, California, native is a career .342 hitter and is just outside Columbia’s top-10 in all-time batting average, home runs (15) and RBI (97).