|Runs Per Game||4.1||4.1|
|Hits Per Game||7.9||7.6|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.333||.286|
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Due to continuing snow removal at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, Columbia and Yale will play a single-game Saturday, March 24 beginning at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 25 with an 11:30 a.m. first pitch for game one.
The Lions dropped their final four games of spring break, two in extra innings, against New Mexico and Houston.
The defending Ivy League champion Bulldogs played three games in Richmond last weekend, topping Monmouth and falling to the host Spiders and Lehigh in the final two games.
Columbia is 68-102 all-time against the Yale. Last year, the Bulldogs swept a doubleheader in New Haven.
YALE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tim DeGraw | Jr. | OF
.339 • 12 R • 2 2B
Griffin Dey | Jr. | 1B/RHP
.321 • 4 HR • 11 RBI
Mason Kukowski | Sr. | RHP/INF
7 APP • 0-1 • 7.1 IP • 5 K
Like Dua Lipa, the Ivy League has new rules. Gone are the Gehrig and Rolfe Divisions and now each team will face off in three nine-inning contests. The top-two regular season finishers earning spots in the Ivy League Championship Series.
LIONS IN IVY LEAGUE OPENERS
Columbia has swept four of the last six Ivy League opening doubleheaders after taking down Harvard twice at home in 2017. Under head coach Brett Boretti, Columbia is 16-6 on Ancient Eight opening days.
First-year Matt Cerfolio has made an immediate impact, posting a team-high 14 RBI in just 15 games played. He is currently third in the conference in the category, just three off the Ancient Eight leader.
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 42 RBI. He is currently riding a 36-game on-base streak, dating back to the end of last season. That is currently the second longest streak in the nation behind Kansas State's Will Brennan (43). 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 .344 hitter and is just outside Columbia’s top-10 in all-time batting average, home runs (15) and RBI (97).