Baseball Splits with Columbia Saturday in New York

NEW YORK - Entering Saturday tied atop the Ivy League Gehrig Division with Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team split with the Lions on Saturday, winning game one 4-3, before falling in game two, 1-0.

Penn (21-13, 15-3 Ivy) and Columbia (25-13, 15-3 Ivy) entered the four-game series tied in the division race, and remain that way after the first two games.

The Quakers won game one on the strength of senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn's (4-3) 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 infielderMitch Montaldo, and junior outfielder Gary Tesch.

In game two, the Red and Blue managed 10 hits, but left nine runners on base. Bossart and junior outfielder Jonah Campbell each recorded two hits for Penn.

Quaker sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck threw eight innings in game two, allowing one run, on nine hits. Reitcheck (5-2) struck out five in the game.

Columbia scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning on an RBI single to the outfield, scoring a baserunner from second base.

Penn and Columbia will play the final two games of their series on Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium in Philadelphia beginning at 1 p.m. Both teams need to win two games to claim the Gehrig Division title. If the teams split on Sunday, they will have to face off once more in a playoff game to decide the Gehrig half of the Ivy League.

Sunday's games will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network ($) and on live stats, and Twitter - @PennBaseball.

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