Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Sports | May. 3 12:05 pm EST
Lou-ted Ivy chances

Ivy baseball needs to change division system

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Baseball is not always a sport that embraces change, but this season makes it clear that Ivy League baseball needs to think about it.

The current structure of Ancient Eight baseball consists of two divisions—the Lou Gehrig Division and the Red Rolfe Division. The respective winners of those divisions meet in the Ivy League Championship Series to determine the conference champion.

That’s all well and good, except when one division is much stronger than the other. That’s been the case recently—and especially this season.

Lou Gehrig Division rivals Columbia and Penn have been, far and away, the best two teams in the entire Ivy League. They are the only squads with winning records overall and are well clear of the other Ivies, with 15-5 conference records. More »


Spectrum | May. 2 9:37 am EST

Graduation without selfie? #Whatislife?

Illustration by Karl Daum

Mornin’ folks! No rain forecast for today, so with temperatures hitting 70, hit the lawns! Without further ado, here’s your morning dose of news from Columbia and the rest of the world:

In Columbia news:

  • Tune in to WKCR tonight to listen to This Columbia Life: Episode 1.
  • Lions baseball faces off against Penn for the Ivy League title this weekend
  • The CU Republicans elections results are being upheld, following accusations of vote-stacking.
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Courtesy of CUCR

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Sports | Apr. 25 12:32 pm EST
all i do is win

Putting baseball team’s winning streak in context

Youjin Jenny Jang / Senior Staff Photographer

Over the course of one month, the baseball team has gone from last place to favorite in its division. Now, the team will battle Penn this weekend in a four-game showdown that will decide who wins the Lou Gehrig Division. (And maybe the Ivy League, because the Lions and Quakers sure look prepared to kick the asses of whoever wins the Red Rolfe Division.)

But instead of previewing the pair of doubleheaders that begin Friday, I want to take a look at the unlikely nature of the Light Blue’s winning streak. The winning streak began nearly three weeks ago on April 5 after a pair of losses to Dartmouth (in a time long before one-handed jet-ski football catches by Johnny Manziel). At a remarkable 14 games, it is the longest active winning streak in all of college baseball.

What does it mean? More »


Spectrum | Apr. 25 2:22 am EST
the two twenty two

The Ivies get served, and inject-your-own doughnuts are now a thing

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It’s late. You’re up. Next week is the last week of classes, finals are around the corner, and this week was chilly again.

Making headlines: 23 Columbia and Barnard students have filed for a Title IX sexual assault complaintagainst the university for ignoring federal laws. 

Happy anniversary: This week marks the anniversary of the 1968 Columbia riots, in which the buildings of Hamilton Hall, Low Library, Avery, Fayerweather, and Mathematics were occupied by students to protest against the administration’s construction of a gym in Morningside Park and racial inequality. The protests forever changed how police officers interact with college campuses.

Heard along the ivy: The Project for Fair Representation, a legal defense organization, is filing a lawsuit against Harvard for rejecting applicants on the basis of race, alleging that  Harvard “continues to use an applicant’s race and ethnicity as an admission criterion” and criticizing Harvard’s affirmative action policy.

Take me out to the ball game: Check out a comprehensive map of baseball team favorites throughout the country. New Jersey is perfectly bisected!

The end, where we speak of DIY doughnuts: Williamsburg café St. Balmain has introduced doughnuts you can fill with a syringe. These little babies come with an injector filled with vanilla cream, strawberry jam, or chocolate. As if they couldn’t be more hipster.


Sports | Apr. 18 11:43 am EST

Sophomore Maguire important for baseball

Vanamali Porethi for Spectator

Somewhere along the way, first base became the position for a team’s biggest slugger. It didn’t matter whether that player could run, field, or do anything else in relative baseball terms. He just needed to hit, and to hit with ludicrous power.

I’d argue the stereotype of first basemen built like the Incredible Hulk began with guys like Mark McGwire and Mo Vaughn in the early 1990s amid Major League Baseball’s “Steroid Era,” and it promptly trickled down into the perceptions of the prototypical first baseman across all levels of baseball. Juiced-up hitters were too strong to be left out of the lineup, even if they couldn’t defend all that well. The solution was to slot them in the field position that requires the least speed and range—first base.

So it’s curious to see that someone like sophomore Nick Maguire playing that position for Columbia. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 16 9:48 am EST
wake up call

Sexual misconduct townhall, Wawa, and baseball

Illustration by Karl Daum

Good morning! It was snowing last night, in case you missed it. It’s sunny right now, though, but the temperature is somewhere in the 30s or 40s. We are in the middle of an exciting April.

In Columbia news:

  • Twelve first-years were selected for the Presidential Global Fellowship program, which will allow them to intern and study in different countries this summer.
  • Spec interviews the costume designer for an upcoming play, “Passing Strange,” which opens April 24.
  • The baseball team, currently on an eight-game winning streak, will play against St. John’s today at 3:30 p.m.
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Outside the bubble:

  • Today is the celebration for Wawa’s 50th anniversary! There will  be free coffee, in lands touched by the convenience store’s warm bosom. Which apparently reaches only as far as Elizabeth, N.J.
  • As part of a terrorist campaign in northeast Nigeria, 100 to 200 girls were taken at gunpoint from their boarding school yesterday.
  • Almost 2000 flights have been canceled or delayed today due to the inclement weather New Yorkers and others on the east coast are being treated to.

The Town Hall on Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct is also today from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in 309 Havemayer. You can submit questions here or at the town hall itself for the opportunity for administrators to listen to your stories and queries directly.


Spectrum | Apr. 14 9:45 am EST

#MentionMonday: 44% of Tweeple aren’t really Tweeple.

Illustration by Karl Daum

Hey Morningsiders! As the heat of summer sets in, and Columbia continues to blast the heat indoors, make sure to shed your layers and no, not in a Bacchanal kind of way. Bring out the shorts and sunglasses and most importantly, start your day with our morning roundup of news around campus and the world.

In Columbia news:

  • Remember those housing emails about that Energy Challenge? Well, looks like River Hall won it. Yay.
  • Columbia Elections Board has only just realized that abstentions are valid opinions. Well done.
  • Columbia owning Princeton at baseball. All is right in the world.

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Sports | Apr. 11 6:09 pm EST

Lions depth pitching needs to be better

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We’re at the halfway point of the Ivy League season, and the Lions sit in the cellar of the Lou Gehrig Division. To make matters worse, the next eight games for the Light Blue should be more difficult than its first eight games. They will face their tough divisional rivals—Penn, Cornell, and Princeton.

Conversely, the head-to-head games present a terrific opportunity for the Lions to make up ground on the top three teams in the conference (going by Ivy record). With some inconsistent bats this season, pitching and defense will be the key. I want to focus on the Lions’ group of hurlers today.

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Sports | Sep. 24 6:33 pm EST

Sportscast interviews CU baseball’s Joey Falcone

Last semester, Joey Falcone became the breakout star of CU baseball as the team dominated the Ivy League, ultimately winning the title. He received  quite a bit of media attention, getting his own featured articles in the New York Times and on, among many other prominent news outlets.

In this week’s Sportscast, Eli Schultz, Steve Frankoski, and Liz Malone sit down with Falcone to talk about the attention he received during the Lions’ impressive run last season, as well as how his time serving in Afghanistan and Iraq has impacted his experience.

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Sports | Jun. 7 11:04 pm EST
to the pros?

Black, Giel may be selected in MLB draft

Kiera Wood / Spec

Columbia baseball wrapped up its season last weekend, but more good news may be coming tomorrow in Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

You may remember last year when Columbia had two players selected—Dario Pizzano and Pat Lowery. Well, there’s a chance that the Light Blue could have another two players drafted in senior first baseman Alex Black and senior pitcher Tim Giel.

Black, who also served as the team’s closer, was one of the best hitters in the league in 2013 and led the Lions in offensive categories including batting average (.331), hits (55), home runs (8), and RBIs (31). His home run total was good for the top spot in the Ancient Eight, and he came in fourth in RBIs.  More »