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Baseball to Square Off with Columbia in Gehrig Division Meeting

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/19/2012
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Co-captain Sam Mulroy and the Tigers remain on the road, facing Columbia this weekend.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

The Princeton baseball team will travel to Columbia for a four-game divisional series at Satow Stadium in New York, N.Y. from April 20-21. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Last Time Out: Despite coming within two runs twice, an early deficit was too much to overcome as the Tigers fell 8-4 at St. John's on April 18. The Princeton (16-14, 9-3 Ivy) offense struggled to find its rhythm and advance base runners, as SJU held a 9-5 hitting advantage.

Schedule Update: This weekend's series at Columbia was originally scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, but due to impending inclement weather Sunday's doubleheader was moved to Friday.

On Deck: Before facing Cornell it its final Ivy series, Princeton will play Rider on Wednesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. in nearby Lawrenceville, N.J.

Bogg is Back: Senior co-captain Tom Boggiano returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering an injury in the Tigers' season opening series at Florida Atlantic. Boggiano, who saw two pinch run appearances since then, played all nine innings on April 18 at St. John's. He went 1-for-3 with a team-leading two RBI.

Still Chasin': The Tigers are still one game behind Cornell (10-2) in the Gehrig Division after both squads went 3-1 this past weekend. Princeton maintains sole possession of second place at 9-3, as Columbia and Penn are both 6-6 in league play.

The Tigers and Big Red will square off on April 27 and 29 in a final four-game Ivy weekend before the Ivy League Championship Series in May.

Scouting Columbia: Columbia enters this weekend's series riding a 1-5 streak. The third place Lions are 14-21 overall, 6-6 Ivy on the year and are coming off a doubleheader sweep from Manhattan on April 18.

Columbia's offense is led by Alex Black, who's hitting .351 (33-for-94). Black has 12 runs, 11 RBI, nine doubles and a pair of triples, and is one of four Lions hitting above. 300 on the year.

Defensively, Pat Lowery (2-4) has taken the bulk of the Lion's innings on the mound. In 42 frames, he's thrown 35 strikeouts, allowed 41 hits against and has a 2.79 ERA. David Speer is the squad's winningest pitcher at 3-1. He's played in eight games, making seven starts and has a 4.46 ERA. Speer has thrown 31 strikeouts, while allowing 40 hits against over 38.1 innings of work.

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