PHILADELPHIA - Coming into the final weekend of the regular season tied atop the Ivy League Gehrig Divsion, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team and Columbia split the weekend series with both teams winning two games apiece, forcing a one game playoff that will take place this Saturday May, 2 at 1 p.m. at Columbia'sRobertson Field at Satow Stadium.
The weekend split has set the table for an Ivy League Gehrig Division playoff game for the second consecutive season between the two teams. Last season, Columbia defeated Penn 4-0 in the playoff game in Philadelphia, and advanced to the Ivy League Championships Series.
This Saturday's playoff game in New York will be available live on the Ivy League Digital Network ($).
Columbia will host the playoff game based on Ivy League tiebreaker procedures. Between the teams, the Lions havethe best winning percentage against the the next Ivy opponent with the highest league winning percentage.Both teams split with Dartmouth (16-4), moving the tiebreaker to Cornell (9-11). Columbia swept its four-game series against the Big Red, while Penn went 3-1.
The winner of Saturday's playoff game will moveon to play in the Ivy League Championships Series, May 9-10, and faceRolfe Division winner Dartmouth (20-19, 16-4 Ivy).
Penn-Columbia Regular Season Series Recap
Over this past weekend in the regular season series,Quakers (22-14, 16-4 Ivy)won game one, 4-3, Saturday in New York on the strength of senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn's complete game, in which he threw seven innings, and struck out five.
Providing the offense for Penn was senior catcher Austin Bossart with a solo home run in the top of the first inning, and junior outfielder Matt Greskoff who had an RBI triple in the fifth inning. Also picking up RBI in the game for Penn were senior infielder Mitch Montaldo, and junior outfielder Gary Tesch.
In game two, Penn fell 1-0 to the Lions (26-14, 16-4 Ivy), despite sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck throwing eight innings and only allowing one run, on nine hits. Reitcheck struck out five in the game.
The Red and Blue managed 10 hits in game two, but left nine runners on base. Bossart and junior outfielder Jonah Campbell each recorded two hits for Penn.
On Sunday in Philadelphia, amidst a playoff like atmosphere at Meiklejohn StadiumPenn split two games with Columbia, winning 2-0 in game one and falling 8-6 in extra innings in game two.
Penn sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Cousinsdominated game one onthe mound for the Quakers, throwinga complete game shutout, allowing just one base hit, while striking out six Columbia batters.
On in relief of starting pitcher Connor Cuff in game two,senior right-handed pitcher Dan Gautieri worked 4.2 innings, allowing just one run on two hits, and kept the Quakers within striking distance after trailing 3-0 early,leaving the game tied, at 4-4.
Both teamsadded runs in the sixth and seventh innings, going into extra innings tied 6-6, before Columbia scored twice off of sophomore reliever Mitchell Hammondsin the 10th inning.
Leading Penn in game two was senior catcher Austin Bossart, who homered in the fourth inning, his fourth of the year, finishing the game with three hits and two RBI.
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