PHILADELPHIA -Finishing off the 2016 season, The University of Pennsylvania baseball team split a doubleheader with Columbia. The Quakers won the first game 7-4, but lost game two 9-8 in a wildly entertaining affair. Penn ends it's season with a 19-22 record overall and 10-10 in the Ivy League.
Game One: Penn 7 - Collumbia 4
THAT'S A GOOD START: The Quakers scored four runs in the first to jump out to a comfortable lead. After an error in left field put Gary Tesch on second, Matt O'Neill produced the game's first run with an RBI single to center. Once a Tim Graul double put runners at second and third, Ryan Mincher knocked in another run with a groundout to short. Daniel Halevy then tripled home the third run, before scoring himself on a Matt Greskoff double to make it 4-0.
IT GETS BETTER: In the second, Penn tacked on two more runs on the eighth home run of the year by Tim Graul. Grauls home runs went to out to left field and made it 6-0.
Graul picked up his third RBI of the day in the fourth when he singled home Tesch to make it 7-0.
HANGING ON: The Quakers allowed four runs in the seventh, but hung on to win 7-4.
Game Two: Penn 7 - Columbia 8
CLIMBING OUT OF A HOLE: In game two, it was Columbia that scored four runs early to take the lead, but Penn cut the lead in half with a pair in the third. Jonah Campbell hit a double that bounced over the wall in left that scored Matt McGeagh and Tim Graul grounded out later in the inning with one out and a Campbell at third to make it 4-2.
STILL CLIMBING: Columbia scored three more in the bottom of the third, but Penn was quick to answer once more, scoring four times in the four to trail by only a run. McGeagh and Campbell both hit RBI singles and Matt O'Neill hit a double that also hopped over the wall to score two more and make it 7-6 after four.
GRAUL OVER IT: Columbia scored another run in the fifth, but Tim Graul made it a one-run game again with an RBI double to score Tesch in the sixth.
McGONE:Trailing by two in the ninth, Matt McGeagh hit his second home run of the year to make it 9-8, but the Quakers couldn't muster up anymore runs in the 9-8 loss.
QUAKER NOTES: Tim Graul ends the season as the Quakers leading hitter at .364...The junior hit an Ivy-League leading eight home runs and knocked in 35 runs...Gabe Kleiman owned the Quakers best ERA in 2016 at 2.24... Billy Lescher led the team in wins with 5, going 5-3 overall.. Kleiman and Mike Reitcheck led Penn in innings pitched with 52.1 innings in nine games a piece.
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