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Yale Hosts Columbia This Weekend in Key Three-Game Series

Yale Hosts Columbia This Weekend in Key Three-Game Series

Columbia (10-15, 6-3 Ivy) at Yale (11-17, 5-4 Ivy)

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Game 1, 11:30 a.m.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Game 2 (approximately, 3 p.m.)

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Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12 p.m.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Bulldogs host Columbia this weekend and have a chance to move up the Ivy League standings.  The three-game series begins Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m.

The two teams on Sunday will play a single game at noon.  The games mark the first time the two schools have played since last season's league championship series.

Yale enters the weekend 5-4 in Ivy League play, while Columbia is 6-3.  The Bulldogs staged a come-from-behind victory at Harvard last Sunday.  

Last time out, the Bulldogs dropped a 9-8 decision to Sacred Heart on Wednesday.  The Pioneers scored two in the ninth to take the lead and earn the victory after the Bulldogs came back from an early deficit.

Trailing 6-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, Griffin Dey blasted a three-run shot to left to score Simon Whiteman and Pierce Blohowiak.  Whiteman added a two-run homer in the sixth to tie the game. 

Dey homered twice in the game and is 7 for his last 14 at the plate with three homers and nine RBI.  He leads the team this season with seven homers and 31 RBI.

The Bulldogs will also look to continue their strong starting pitching.  For example, Alex Stiegler enters the weekend with a 1.85 ERA in 24 and 1/3 Ivy League innings and a 2-1 conference mark.  Scott Poltiz owns a 2.74 ERA in league play and Kumar Nambiar is 1-0 in three starts.  

The Lions have taken two of three in each of their first three Ivy League series -- against Princeton, Dartmouth and Cornell. 

After this weekend, the Bulldogs will play conference games on the road the next two weekends and will not have another Ivy League home game until May 11. 

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity