Baseball Splits With Columbia In Season Finale

Box Score (Game 1)

Box Score (Game 2)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Penn offense gave starter Chris McNulty all the help he would need scoring ten times as the Quakers won 10-2 in the opener. However, the second game was a different story as the offense stumbled until the final inning, but it was still too little too late as Penn lost 10-8.

Mike Mariano hit a pair of home runs and Tom Grandieri hit a pair of doubles in the first game. In the second, Dan Williams finished 3-for-5 to push his average to .401 for the season, the first Quaker since Chris May in 2001 to hit over .400 in a season. McNulty earned his team-high fifth victory of the season in the first game, finishing with a 5-1 record on the season, while John Beasley got the loss in the second.

McNulty allowed two of the first three runners to reach in the first, but induced a pop-up for the second out. Any hope of getting out of the inning unscathed ended as Nick Ferraresi doubled to score two. Columbia wouldn't get any more as the southpaw picked of Ferraresi as he was trying to steal for the final out.

Will Davis led off the second with a double and moved to third on a one-out single by Steve Gable. Derek Vigoa reached on a throwing error by pitcher Dan Bracey, allowing both Davis and Gable to score and tie the game up at two. Jeremy Maas followed with an RBI single to give Penn the 3-2 advantage.

Neither team scored again until the sixth, as both Bracey and McNulty kept the hitters off balance. In the top of the sixth Mariano added an insurance run, going yard for the fourth time this season. McNulty sent the Lions down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame, protecting his 4-2 lead.

Penn broke open the game in the top of the seventh, scoring six times in the inning. The Quakers batted around as seven different players got a hit, including Mariano's second home run of the game and William Gordon's second triple of the season. McNulty finished of Columbia in the bottom of the inning for his third complete game of the season. His fifth win is the most since Todd Roth won six as a freshman in 2007.

In the second game Maas led off with a single and came around to score on a groundout by Grandieri for the early 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Lions jumped on Beasley early, getting a three-run homer from Alexander Aurrichio in the first to get back the lead. Two innings later Columbia doubled up their score with another three-run shot, this time by Dario Pizzano.

The Red and Blue finally got one back in the fifth, as Gable doubled to lead off the inning, his 12th of the season. The senior second baseman moved to third on a single by Lorenzo and finally came home on a single up the middle by Vigoa, making it 6-2.

The Lions chased Beasley in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff home run and then putting each of the next three runners on. Robbie Seymour entered and got a double play and then a strikeout to end the inning, but not before another run made it 8-2.

Penn got one in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-3, but two more from Columbia made it 10-3 after seven. The Quakers finally mounted a comeback in their final at bats of the season. A one-out by Maas started the ninth inning rally.

Williams singled and Grandieri followed with a double, scoring Maas. An error by the Lions shortstop allowed Mariano to reach and Williams to cross home. Gordon followed with a three-run shot, his third home run of the weekend to cut the Columbia lead to 10-8. Davis kept the rally going with a double down the left field line, bringing the tying run to the plate. Gable flied out to right for the second out, and Lorenzo flied out as well to end the game.

Penn concludes the season with a 21-20 record following the split, its most wins since garnering 22 in 2003. The Quakers also finished the Ivy season at 10-10, its first .500 record since 2007.

Despite the disapointing loss to end the year, this Red and Blue squad finished as arguably the most potent offense in school history. The team set Penn records for hits (462), doubles (108) and RBI (309). The Quakers also scored the most runs (337) since the Penn team of 1893 scored 392 times. The team also went yard 43 times, second all-time, and its .324 average is the most since 1979 (.335). Of Penn batters with at least 90 at-bats, seven hit over .300, while five different hitters had at least ten doubles.

Individually, Grandieri broke Penn's single-season hit record of 70 set by Mike Shannon in 1996. In addition to his 71 hits, he also now holds the record doubles in a season with 22 this year. His two-year total of 41 is also the highest two-year total in school or Ivy League history. Williams also broke the school record for runs in a season, crossing home on 51 occassions, it's also fourth highest total in Ivy League history.