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Baseball Weekly Release - Week 2

(l-r) Columbia's Nick Cox, Brown's Matt Kimball

Complete Baseball Weekly Release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A 2-1 opening weekend for Columbia, an 8-7 win over No. 7 LSU for Princeton and highly-competative three-game series against No. 2 Vanderbilt for Brown highlighted the beginning of the 2011 baseball season for the Ancient Eight.

The Lions collected wins over Central Michigan and Illinois at the Bright House Stetson Invitation, due in large part to Ivy League Player of the Week Nick Cox, who collected a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs in each game.

In Baton Rouge, La., the Princeton Tigers put together back-to-back three-run rallies in the fifth and sixth innings and held tight against a six-run spot by LSU in the eighth. Closer David Palms tossed a hitless ninth inning to earn his first save of the young season.

Brown put up a fight against No. 2 Vandy as opening day starter, and Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, Matt Kimball scattered six hits for just one run in seven innings. The Commodores managed a pair of runs in the eighth off Bears' reliever Andrew Bakowski in the 3-1 final. Brown lost game two by just a single run and game three, 6-3. 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior center fielder Nick Cox (Lake Mary, Fla.) had a terrific opening weekend, batting .375 with three doubles and six runs batted in from the leadoff spot to help the Lions win two of three at the Bright House Stetson Invitational this weekend. Cox had two hits and two RBI in each of the three games, including a pair of doubles and a run scored in Columbia’s 9-3 victory over Illinois on Sunday. He had two of Columbia’s seven hits in the 3-1 win over Central Michigan, including a run-scoring double in the third inning.

Cox’s Weekly Statistics
3 GP, .375 AVG (6-for-16), .563 SLG%, 3 2B, 2 Runs, 6 RBIs

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Brown RHP Matt Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.), who transitioned from a closer to starter last season, made his 2011 debut in his hometown of Nashville against No. 2 Vanderbilt. Kimball squared off against preseason All-American Sonny Gray and went toe-to-toe with the junior who set a career-high with 15 strikeouts. Kimball went seven strong innings, scattering six hits while only allowing one run, leaving the game in a 1-1 tie.

Kimball’s Weekly Statistics
1 APP, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 3K, 6 Hits, 1.29 ERA, 0-0

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
In the first two games of his college career, Yale’s Cale Hanson (Katy, Texas) started both games in center field, playing flawless defense and showing fine form at the plate. The Bulldog rookie went 5-for-8 in the two games with a double and two runs scored in the first two games of the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla.

Hanson’s Weekly Statistics
2 GP, .625 AVG (5-for-8), .750 SLG%, 1 2B, 2 Runs

HONOR ROLL
Mike Ford, Princeton, Fr., 1B/DH (Belle Mead, N.J.)
.250 AVG (3-for-12), .333 SLG%, 1 2B, 5 RBIs

Andy McGee, Yale, Sr., 3B (Los Angeles)
.455 AVG (5-for-11), .818 SLG%, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 Runs, 5 RBIs

Jeremy Maas, Penn, Sr., OF (Alpharetta, Ga.)
.556 AVG (5-for-9), .889 SLG%, 1 HR, 4 Runs, 4 RBIs

David Palms, Princeton, Sr., LHP (Smithfield, R.I.)
2 APP, 1 SV, 4.0 IP, 4K, 1 Hit, 0.00 ERA

Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth, Jr., SS (Palm City, Fla.)
.308 AVG (4-for-13), .308 SLG%, 1 Run, 2 RBIs

Geoff Whitaker, Columbia, Sr., RHP (Peoria, Ariz.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 2K, 4 Hits, 1.29 ERA, 1-0

THIS WEEK
The heavy slate of action continues as the Ivy League squads pile on the games during their Spring Break weeks.

One week after taking on No. 2 Vanderbilt, Brown heads to the heart of Texas to face the winningest coach in college baseball, Augie Garrido and his No. 5 Texas Longhorns.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 8
1 - Penn at Rollins, 2 pm
2 - Yale vs. Toledo, 3 pm
1 - Penn vs. Georgetown, 6 pm

Thursday, March 10
1 - Penn at Rollins, Noon
2 - Yale vs. Bowling Green, 3:30 pm
2 - Yale vs. Bowling Green, 6:30 pm

Friday, March 11
1 - Penn vs. Georgetown, 11 am
Cornell at Temple, 2 pm
2 - Yale vs. Michigan State, 5 pm
Brown at Texas, 7 pm
Harvard at Wofford, 7 pm
Columbia at South Alabama, 7 pm

Saturday, March 12
1 - Penn vs. TBA
2 - Yale vs. Ohio State, 9 am
3 - Princeton vs. Holy Cross, Noon
Brown at Texas (dh), 1 pm
Cornell at St. Joseph’s, 1 pm
Harvard at Wofford (dh), 2 pm
Columbia at South Alabama, 3 pm

Sunday, March 13
3 - Princeton vs. Va. Commonwealth, 2 pm
Columbia at South Alabama, 2 pm
Harvard at Mercer, 6 pm

Monday, March 14
Yale at Central Conn. State, 3 pm
Harvard at Mercer, 6 pm
Columbia at South Alabama, 2 pm

1 - Rollins College Baseball Week (Winter Park, Fla.)
2 - RussMatt Invitational (Orlando, Fla.)
3 - Terry Sisisky Classic (Richmond, Va.)