Baseball Swept by Columbia

Columbia 5, Penn 4 Game One

Columbia 7, Penn 5 Game Two

NEW YORK – Penn arrived in the Big Apple with hopes of a remarkable run to the Gehrig Division crown, but could not hold off Columbia in game one of a doubleheader, losing, 5-4. The Quakers also dropped game two, 7-5.

Penn took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game one on the heels of three straight singles to start the game. Kyle Armeny drove in Adrian Thomas and Steve Gable with a base hit to center for the early advantage.

Columbia tied the game with two runs of its own in the third inning off Todd Roth. The Lions loaded the bases off a walk and two singles before back-to-back base hits from Noah Cooper and Henry Perkins scored two runs.

Columbia took its first lead of the game in the next inning when Dean Forthun scored Mike Malfettone with a single through the left side of the infield. Malfettone had walked, stolen second and advanced to third on a passed ball to get into scoring position.

The Quakers retook the lead in the fifth inning when Armeny scored on a passed ball. Armeny had advanced to third on a double from catcher Mike Mariano that scored Michael Gatti. Thomas had tried to score as well on the play, but was gunned down at the plate, centerfielder to third baseman to catcher.

That lost run proved important as the Lions roared back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Cooper and Perkins were again heavily involved as each had a single to start the inning. Two more singles – one each from Ron Williams and Mike Roberts scored the winning runs.

Penn had a chance to tie the game in the seventh inning when Thomas singled and stole second. He was unable to score as Gable grounded out and Armeny lined out to end the game and Penn’s title hopes.

Columbia seemed to carry momentum from its pennant-clinching win over to game two, connecting for back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Williams had a two-run shot to left-center and Roberts followed with a second homer to left-center. Both came off starter Robbie Seymour.

The bottom of Penn’s lineup rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning. Matt Toffaletti singled with one out and scored on a double from William Gordon, who hustled into third base on the throw home. Gordon then scored on a double from Gatti. Thomas continued his hot hitting, singling to drive home Gatti.

The lead was short lived as Columbia added three more runs in the sixth inning for a 6-3 lead. The Lions connected for four-straight hits to start the inning. Alex Ferrera, Nick Cox and Williams each had an RBI in the inning.

Tom Grandieri got a run back for the Red and Blue in the seventh inning when he led off with a solo home run to center. Columbia scored again in the eighth when Perkins single to lead off the inning, stole second and scored on a single from Williams – his fifth RBI of the doubleheader.

Gordon homered to left in the ninth inning to pull Penn within two and the next two batters also reached base, giving Penn a chance to take the lead. Gable ground into a double play, however, to end the game.

Penn and Columbia will meet again on Sunday for a doubleheader at Meiklejohn Stadium starting at noon. In between games of the doubleheader, Penn’s four seniors – Kyle Armeny, Andy Console, John D'Agostini and MichaelGatti will be honored. Throughout the day, the Quakers will also celebrate the alumni in attendance, with a focus on the 1988, 1989 and 1990 Ivy League Championship teams that will be inducted into the Penn Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday night.