Baseball Has Division Title Hopes Dashed By Columbia

Box Score (Game 1)

Box Score (Game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - ThePenn baseball teamneeded to take one of two on Friday to keep its hopes alive for a Lou Gehrig Division title, but the Quakers lost a pair of tight contests, 5-2 and 10-9 to Columbia on Friday, sealing their fate.

The two losses assures Penn of no better than a second-place finish in the division and drops the team's record to an even 9-9 in the Ivy League, and 20-19 overall. Seniors Steve Gable, William Gordon, Tom Grandieri, Todd Roth, Robbie Seymour and Reid Terry all made their final appearance at Meiklejohn Stadium over the course of the two games.

The Red and Blue managed just three hits in the opener, struggling to make solid contact against Lions starter Pat Lowery. Gordon was the only Quaker with any success, as he provided the Quakers' lone runs, with solo home runs in the second and the fourth. Derek Vigoa was the only other Penn batter to earn a hit.

Columbia got on the board early, with a run in the first and followed it up with two in the second, after getting a two-out walk followed by a pair of doubles. Starter Vince Voiro got the third out of the inning on a fly out to right field to avoid any more damage being done.

In the bottom of the frame, Gordon led off with a home run and then closed the gap to 3-2 with his second of the game, and 21st of his career in the fourth. The score remained 3-2, with Voiro and Lowery each pitching well over the next two innings. In the top of the seventh, Columbia got two more runs to make it a 5-2 ballgame. The Quakers went down in the bottom of the inning to end it.

The second game opened with promise as Jeremy Maas reached on a fielder's choice with one out. The junior moved to second on a ground out and came around to score on a single by Grandieri for Penn's first lead of the day, 1-0.

Starter Todd Roth got in a little trouble in the second inning, allowing each of the first two runners to get on base. A ground out and a single left them loaded with one down. A walk to Nick Crucet tied the game and a swinging bunt by Jon Eilsen scored another to make it 2-1 before Roth could retire the side.

Penn came back in the bottom of the frame as three of the first four batters reached, loading the bases for Adrian Lorenzo. The junior hit a line drive down the left field line, scoring two. Maas followed with a two-run single of his own to push the advantage to 5-2 Penn. Grandieri ended the scoring with a two-out RBI single to make it a 6-2 ballgame.

An inning later, Steve Gable wrapped a three-run homer around the foul pole in left to push the Quaker lead to 9-2. Roth worked a scoreless fourth, but gave up two in the fifth. In the sixth he ran into trouble, and was lifted in the sixth with one run in and the runners on the corners. Trey Jennings came in and promptly gave up a three-run dinger to make it a 9-8 ball game.

Penn got out of the inning without any more damage, but couldn't add an insurance run in the sixth or seventh to pad the lead. In the eighth, Columbia tied with one out and grabbed the lead on a fielder's choice with saw the Quakers barely miss out on a inning-ending double play.

The Quakers made a game of it in the ninth, as a pair of walks and a fielding error by the Columbia third baseman loaded the bases with two down. Gable came up to bat and hit a soft liner which the shortstop was able to go back and corral for the final out.

Gable finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, while Grandieri, Vigoa, Maas and Will Davis also banged out two hits. Lorenzo had just one hit on the day, but caught 11 balls in the outfield over the course of both games.

Terry's appearance in the seventh was the 70th of his career, setting a new Ivy record in the process. He broke the old record of 69, set by Adam Barrick of Yale in 2006.

The Quakers finish their season on Saturday when they travel to Columbia for a doubleheader beginning at noon. A live radio broadcast is available (click here), as is live stats (click here).