Baseball Splits with Columbia, Wins Game 1 Behind Roth's Near No-Hitter

Game1 Box Score

Game2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania basbeall team opened up IvyLeague play by splitting its doubleheader with Columbia Saturday at Meiklejohn Stadium. Penn won Game 1, 12-0 behind freshman Todd Roth's near no-hitter. The Lions took Game 2, 9-0.

Roth (2-1) was masterful on the mound, retiring the first thirteen batters he faced. He took his no-hitter into the seventh inning and was one out away from becoming the first Penn pitcher since Andrew McCreery in 2001 to accomplish the rare feat.

Penn (6-8, 1-1) scored its runs in bunches, scoring multiple runs in five separate innings. The Quakers gave Roth some breathing room before he even took the mound with two runs in the first. Alex Nwaka led off the game with a single to right. After he was advanced to second on a sacrifice by Joey Boaen, Kyle Armeny singled in Nwaka with two outs. Tim May then tripled to center to give Penn two runs before Columbia came to bat.

In the second, Penn scored three runs with two out. A single by Boaen scored Jim Farrell and Steve Gable. Boaen moved up to second on an error by the leftfielder. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball.

After a one-out double by Nwaka in the fourth, Corn doubled in Nwaka a batter later. Armeny followed with a single through the right side and Corn scored from second on the play. May plated Penn’s third run on a single to left that scored Armeny.

Henry Perkins was the first Columbia (5-10-1, 1-1) batter to get on base; he reached on an infield error in the fifth. A sacrifice bunt and a strike out got Roth out of the inning with the no-hit bid still intact.

In the sixth the Quakers scored on an RBI single by Jarron Smith with the bases loaded. William Gordon followed with a ground out to second that knocked in Armeny.

Columbia’s Dan Neczypor started off the sixth by reaching on an error, but Roth retired the next three batters and stood three outs away from history.

In the top of the seventh Kyle Armeny singled with the bases loaded that scored two runs. Roth retired the first two batters he faced in the seventh and worked a full count to Perkins. Roth surrendered the walk on a very close pitch. However, he was still just one out away. Noah Cooper then lined a single to left to break up the near no-hitter. Roth maintained his composure to record the final out of the game.

In Game 2, Columbia pitcher Bill Purdy (2-2) did not allow a run in eight innings of work while striking out four. The Lions scored three runs in the third on a bases-clearing double by Andrew Ward. In the sixth Mike Roberts doubled in two and Dan Neczypor rocketed a two-run homer to right to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.

Robbie Seymour (0-1) took the loss for Penn. He surrendered six earned runs in five innings.

Sunday, Penn and Columbia are back at it again in a doubleheader starting at noon.