|Runs Per Game||5.2||5.0|
|Hits Per Game||9.5||9.1|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.283||.307|
The Lions dropped two of three last week against Princeton and fell in their midweek, 3-1, to Army West Point. Columbia now sits tied with Harvard for second place in the Ivy League standings with six games remaining for both squads, but hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the regular season series.
The Quakers went 1-2 against Cornell in their final home weekend. Penn spent Wednesday in Newark, facing off against Delaware where they fell 3-1.
Columbia is 124-132-3 all-time against Penn. Columbia and Penn have had a spirited back-and-forth in recent years. Last year, the Lions took three of four in the regular season series to force a decisive game to determine the Gehrig Division, which the Quakers took, 6-3, in New York. A playoff game was needed to crown the winner between the teams in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
PENN PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sean Phelan | Jr. | 1B
.310, 24 R, 4 HR, 22 RBI
Matt McGeagh | Jr. | INF
.285, 23 R, 9 2B, 6 HR, 36 RBI
Dylan Mulvihill | So. | RHP
Prior to Saturday's
Jordan Chriss has made three straight appearances on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll and has a 2-1 record with
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Senior catcher Lane Robinette has been solid behind the plate all season long, leading the Ivy League in runners caught stealing (11), but has been picking things up with the bat of late. In his last 10 games played, Robinette is hitting .292 (7-24) with seven runs scored, four doubles a homer and seven RBI.
Chandler Bengtson became the third straight Columbia player to earn Ivy League Player of the Week Apr. 10 after registering a 1.863 OPS with six runs, three homers and nine RBI against St. John's and Dartmouth. The first baseman had a monster final two games against Dartmouth Sunday, belting a solo homer in the opener before unloading two more bombs in the series finale to help the Lions avoid a sweep. Both homers were three-run shots for his third career five-plus RBI performance. Bengtson leads the conference with nine dingers, six coming in Ancient Eight play, and is tied for on Columbia’s career list with 19 home runs, one shy of tying Travis Hunter for sixth place.
Reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Randell Kanemaru, continues to be one of the most consistent players in the country. Here's a rundown on his senior campaign and where he stands on Columbia's career records.
• Currently hitting .316 with 28 runs scored, batting primarily leadoff or in the two-hole.
• Had a 46-game on-base streak, dating from the end of last season until April 7 at Dartmouth, which was the longest streak in the nation.
• The Santa Ana, California, native is a career .337 hitter, just outside of Columbia's top-10.
• Kanemaru sits tied for seventh in career hits (186
• Is 19 hits shy of tying Columbia's all-time hit record of 205, held by Ron
• Kanemaru has earned All-Ivy League status in each of his three seasons with the Lions, including Rookie of the Year accolades in 2015.
After quietly putting together a fine start to the season, junior Joe Engel exploded against Manhattan and Harvard to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors on April 2. The shortstop is hitting a team-high .333 (fourth in Ancient Eight) with 21 runs and 24 RBI.
LEO THE LION
Sophomore left-hander Leo Pollack has appeared in an Ivy League-high 21 games this season out of the bullpen. He has compiled a 1-1 record with a save, 3.19 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
HALL OF A RETURN
After missing the 2017 season due to injury, Lucas Hall has emerged as a go-to reliever for Columbia this season. Hall has recorded four saves on the year, one shy of tying