Updated April 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Heavyweight rowing claimed a victory over MIT on Saturday in the Alumni Cup in Boston, where Dartmouth and Holy Cross raced as guests.
Fresh off of a thrilling 11-10 walk-off victory at home Wednesday afternoon against Fairfield, softball will travel to Dartmouth this weekend.
Women’s basketball will play twice on the road this weekend at Harvard and Dartmouth, looking to build on its first Ivy win of the season last weekend....
Track and field continues winter competition this Friday as the Lions return to Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex to compete in the NYC Gotham Cup. On Saturday, Columbia will compete against Yale and Dartmouth in Hanover....
The Lions (17-8, 7-2 Ivy) host Dartmouth (8-14, 3-6 Ivy) tonight, looking to round out this weekend's doubleheader with another win.
Columbia baseball finally begins its 20-game battle for the Ivy crown this weekend at Baker Field. Judging by the team's talent level and play in recent weeks, it will make a serious run at dethroning Princeton and getting back into the Ivy League Championship Series. But judging by last season, the adventure that we get to see will be worth the time invested, regardless of who ends up on top. I'll prove it with some tales from my first season on the beat. Last year, despite failing to live up to expectations thanks in part to close losses Columbia baseball still confirmed my beliefs that there's no better team to cover. This past Friday against Stony Brook there was a bases-loaded balk, three straight hit-batters, at least three separate occasions when head coach Brett Boretti quarreled with the umpires, and a game-winning run that reached base on a strikeout. Judging by last year, this is actually pretty representative of the wildness of Ivy League and collegiate baseball. Pitchers can be erratic, and I witnessed a couple of players get hit in the face last spring. Baseball is tough to play, and covering almost every game gave me a deep appreciation for what the players go through on the field and the amount of time they spend on it. Playing four games in two days is exhausting, and it can be particularly excruciating to play the back-end of a doubleheader immediately after an excruciating loss. This notably happened in last season's Ivy opening doubleheader against the 2010 Ivy League champion, the Big Green. Even though head coach Brett Boretti denies that momentum carries over from one game to the next, it certainly appeared to. But I came to appreciate the players' resolve following such tough losses. In a post-game interview with Tim Giel,who gave up the game-winning home run in that opening loss, I was impressed with how he was able to take things in stride—as well as how the team upset Harvard the next day. Another example of the Lions' tenacity came in the season's last and wildest series. In four games against Penn, there were 1,183 pitches thrown and 41 walks. In the final contest, coming off of an excruciating 6-5 loss about an hour or so earlier, the Lions rallied from a 6-0 deficit to close out the season with an 11-10 win. It was a bittersweet moment for the seniors, who had to hold back tears on the field after the game, since they had such high hopes coming into their final collegiate season, a season that resulted in a disappointing 9-11 Ivy record. While the trip to Penn was memorable, so was my experience covering the team at Yale. While waiting for the late Columbia bus to arrive from Providence, I had extra time to gaze over at Yale Field. It is an Ivy League gem. It feels like the Fenway Park of the Ivy League, with its manually operated scoreboard. The stadium has the history, too. Babe Ruth and Ted Williams made appearances there, as did some recent stars, such as Todd Helton, who played for minor league teams such as the former Double-A franchise, the New Haven Ravens. Covering the games at Baker Field was just as fun, though often a challenge. There's no room for writers to sit in the new "press box" at Satow Stadium. For WKCR, we're relegated to the football press box for our broadcasts. We can't see much of the third base line or left-center field from our high perch. thanks to the football scoreboard. (Yet it seems we have a better view of the game than the umpire sometimes). And even though calling games can be challenging, we are still the only people in the world who can watch baseballs whizzing on to the softball field, sometimes interrupting games. The most interesting moment for me last season was during a Saturday doubleheader against Cornell. The skies opened up and the game came to a halt, so we went down to the press box on the field and spent some time with the umpires. Since the game was a blowout, the umpires wanted to end it right there—but they were unsure of the rules. Half an hour and a few phone calls later, one of the umpires walked onto the field in the downpour, made a signal to nobody in particular, and the game was called a rain-shortened contest. Through all of this, the umpires had some interesting conversations with us that I cannot repeat here, for everyone's sake. Let's just say, they spoke as if they were good-humored college kids (who may have skipped a couple chapters in their required rule book reading). Or, you could say the games were unpredictable—just like every day covering the beat was in 2011. This year will not be any different. That is the beauty of baseball, and I can't wait to do it all over again. The Lions have maybe the league's best player in Dario Pizzano, a lineup starting to heat up, solid defense, and a pitching rotation rounding into shape. So come out to Robertson Field at Satow Stadium to watch the Lions begin their title quest this weekend—or at the very least follow along with Spec or at wkcr.org because clearly just the box scores will not suffice. Ryan Young is a Columbia College sophomore majoring in economics-statistics. He is a sports broadcaster for WKCR. email@example.com If you are interested in writing a guest column for Spectator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org....