Baseball Heads to Cornell with Division Title in Sight

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team heads to Cornell Tuesday to make up a postponed doubleheader. First pitch for Game 1 will take place at noon in Ithaca, N.Y. The games were originally scheduled for April 15, but were not played due to inclement weather.

This doubleheader is important in determining the Quakers’ fate.

Penn (19-16, 11-7 Ivy) has a magic number of two to clinch the Gehrig Division crown—any combination of two Quaker wins or losses by Cornell (6-8 Ivy) and Princeton (8-8 Ivy) will give the Quakers the crown. Following Tuesday’s doubleheader, Cornell and Princeton face off this weekend for a four-game set to complete their seasons. With that in mind, the scenarios play out like this Tuesday...

A PENN SWEEP – If Penn sweeps Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Quakers win the division at 13-7.

A PENN SPLIT WITH CORNELL – The Quakers will eliminate Cornell from the race, as the Big Red will have nine losses and Penn will be done at 12-8. Penn will then need Cornell to beat Princeton once in the four games over the weekend in order to clinch.

A CORNELL SWEEP – Penn will finish 11-9, while Cornell and Princeton will go into the final weekend with matching 8-8 records. In that event, the Big Red or Tigers will have to sweep the other to overtake the Quakers in the standings; a 3-1 series win will allow one of those teams to tie Penn for the divisional crown; and a 2-2 split on the weekend would give the Quakers the title.

When Penn last met Cornell 10 days ago, the Quakers swept the Big Red, 4-2 and 5-4. Game 1 saw freshman Todd Roth pick up his fourth Ivy League win in as many starts. Offensively, William Gordon delivered a single in the fifth that gave the Red and Blue a two-run lead. In Game 2, freshman Jim Birmingham followed up Roth’s performance with two runs in seven innings of work. Gordon again got the offense going by slugging a home run in the first inning.

This past weekend, the Quakers split their four-game series with Princeton. Penn won Saturday’s games, 11-1 and 6-4, before the Tigers triumphed on Sunday, 7-3 in 10 innings and 10-6.