Posts Tagged ‘baseball’
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 ESPN.com, 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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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 »
Taking the field for just the second time since winning the Ivy Championship May 4, the Lions (27-19) fell 4-1 to No. 5 Cal St. Fullerton (49-8) in their first game of NCAA Regionals play. The victory gave CSU Fullerton its eighth win in a row.
Columbia received another strong start from its ace David Speer, as the junior lefty went 6 2/3 innings and gave up just three earned runs (four total). Speer struck out three and walked one. Freshman Brandon Roy came on in relief in the seventh, and got out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Light Blue’s deficit at three.
The Lions managed just three hits against the Titans’ Grahamm Wiest, who pitched a complete game. Sophomore David Vandercook homered in the second for the Lions’ only run, and Wiest never surrendered control for the rest of the game.
With the loss on Friday, Columbia faces elimination with its game against New Mexico today. The Lobos are arguably the best offensive team in the nation, as they lead the country in batting average at .336 and scoring with 8.4 runs a game.
The two teams will square off at 7 p.m.
You might have noticed that Spectator looks different today than it did yesterday. This isn’t just a redesign—it’s a totally new Spectator, and we’re pretty excited about it. None of it would have been possible without our dedicated online editors, Doug Bienstock and Isaac White, who worked tirelessly over the past few months to build and design the site.
There’s also news today:
Read this: WTF Columbia has resulted in its first fix: email notifications when your Lerner mailbox is full.
Know this: The baseball team is playing two teams it should beat this weekend.
Here’s more: Barnard is getting its very own governing board.
We know, many of you came here looking for Spec’s new website! Our fearless online team ran into some last-minute technical hurdles, so we’ve had to hold off on showing you the new site for just a little longer. Never fear—we’ll have #NewSpec up and running in no time. Here’s some news to hold you over in the interim.
Read this: Barnard plans to have a full-scale launch of its new campus mobile app today.
Know This: Q club is attaching gender-neutral proclamations to all unisex bathrooms on Barnard’s campus.
Even More: Baseball rides a winning streak to face off against Manhattan this week.
With the Light Blue baseball team poised to begin its season this weekend against Lamar University in Texas, two of the baseball beat writers—Myles Simmons and Eli Schultz—sat down to discuss the prospects of this year’s team.
Watch the video above to hear sound bites from their interview with head coach Brett Boretti and see clips from one of the Lions’ recent practices.
For an in-depth look at this year’s team, pick up a copy of the Baseball Supplement or read it online.
Today marks the start of a new month, Caffeine Awareness Month. As I’m sure most of you will agree, this hits entirely too close to home. As the weeks go by, my coffeemaker threatens more and more to leave me. Or maybe that’s just me. If you’re worried about your caffeine addiction, there’s a Caffeine Risk Test for that.
All addictions aside, go ahead and check out these fantastic articles while you drink your first (or fifth) cup of coffee:
Read this: Mehr Ansari’s writes a poignant piece about the loss of her mother and enduring grief.
Know this: On Thursday, Faculty House workers voted to authorize a strike. This decision was fueled by the impending end of workers’ contracts and health insurance on March 31.
Here’s more: It’s here, what you’ve been waiting for… It’s Columbia Spectator’s Baseball Supplement. Included inside the supplement is a season preview, interviews, and a look into past baseball seasons.
Columbia outfielder Dario Pizzano was selected by the Seattle Mariners in MLB’s amateur draft this evening in the 15th round, 461st overall.
Pizzano was recently named Ivy Player of the Year following his junior season in which he anchored the Lions’ offense with a .360 average, 16 doubles, 36 RBIs, and 31 walks. He also tied Gene Larkin on Columbia’s all-time home run list with 25 home runs.
If Pizzano were to sign with the Mariners, the Light Blue would surely miss its two-time team MVP. He was slated to play in the elite Cape Cod League this summer.
As any New York sports fan already knows, Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in team history Friday night, breaking a streak of 8,020 games for a franchise often characterized by its celebrated hurlers. The shutdown performance would have been for naught, though, without a spectacular catch by former Lion and Queens native Mike Baxter in the 7th inning that kept a zero in the Cardinals hit column.
Baxter sacrificed his body running full speed into the wall just after the line drive fell into his mitt, injuring his shoulder in the process, but still managed to hold onto the ball as he fell to his back in pain, surely earning a place among the heroic catches in Mets history. Baxter joined the Mets major-league roster last August after being claimed off waivers, and has placed a key role so far this season with left-fielder Jason Bay on the disabled list. He played for Columbia his freshman year before transferring to Vanderbilt. More »