May 2, 2008
Ivy League kicks off conference
The Ivy League will get the 2008 post-season
started this weekend at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover, N.H., as
Columbia visits Dartmouth to decide the Ivy champion and the
first bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The teams will play a best-of-three series with a
doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m. and a single game on Sunday
at 1 p.m., if necessary.
The Lions (15-5, 20-24) were winners of the
Gehrig Division, while the Big Green (15-5, 24-15) captured the
The Gehrig Division is named after Lou Gehrig,
who played at Columbia. The Rolfe Division is named for Red
Rolfe, who played at Dartmouth. This is the first time that the
alma maters of the men for whom the divisions are named are
meeting for the Ivy title.
The teams split a doubleheader during the regular
season. On April 7 in Hanover, Columbia took the opener 7-1,
while Dartmouth claimed the nightcap 9-3.
Dartmouth is playing in the championship series
for the fourth time in the past eight seasons and the first time
since 2004. The Big Green last won the Ivy title in 1987.
Columbia is looking for its first Ivy crown since
1977. The last time the Lions played for the title was 1993,
losing two games to Yale.