Baseball Wins Postponed Game; Swept in Doubleheader at Columbia

Box Score - Game Two (Saturday)
Box Score - Game One (Sunday)
Box Score - Game Two (Sunday)

NEW YORK - The Penn baseball team scored a run off a Columbia error in the ninth inning to win, 8-7, in a game that was postponed Saturday due to darkness and continued on Sunday in New York, N.Y. The Quakers were swept by the Lions in the ensuing doubleheader by scores of 9-8 and 15-3.

On Saturday afternoon,the Quakersjumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the Lions once again put together a huge inning, scoring six runs off starter Bret Wallace in the third frame.

The Quakers scored four in the first after leadoff man Joey Boaen reached on an error and eventually scored after Corn singled and Columbia committed two throwing errors. Penn scored two more on one-run doubles by Kyle Armeny and Tony Moses, and Alex Nwaka added an RBI single later in the inning to put his team up 4-0.

Wallace had little trouble in the first two innings with the Lions, but that wasn’t the case in the third, as they put together four straight hits and five total for the inning to score six runs and take a 6-4 lead.

Penn got a run back in the bottom half of the third on Andy Console’s solo home run to left field, making the score 6-5.

Columbia scored another run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Andrew Ward to put the Lions up by two runs.

Penn rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on an RBI groundout by Armeny and a game-tying RBI double off the bat of Tim May. The game was postponed by the umpires at the conclusion of the inning due to darkness.

In the continued inning on Sunday, it was Console who led off theninth with a double and advanced to third on a pick-off attempt that sailed into the outfield. Columbia struck the next two Quaker batters out, but a groundball by Scott Graham was booted by the Lions' second baseman Joey Mizzoni to allow the winning run to score.

In the first game of the Sunday doubleheader between the two teams, an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning by Dan Neczypor off reliever Doug Brown gave Columbia a 9-8 victory.

Columbia scored three runs in the third to take the first lead of the game, but the Quakers scored six in the fourth frame after an RBI single by Moses and a triple with the bases loaded by Armeny to give his team a 6-3 advantage.

The Quakers would score two more runs to claim an 8-3 lead in the top half of the fifth inning, but Columbia rallied to tie the game with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, setting the stage for Neczypor's game-winner in the seventh.

In the nightcap, the Lions took an early 11-0 lead by the third inning and never lost control in a 15-3 loss for Penn. Neczypor, Mike DeFazio and Jon Tasman all homered for the Lions in the victory.

Armeny ripped a solo home run for Penn in the loss.

The Quakers return to action on Tuesday, March 28, for a Diamond Five game at Villanova that is slated to start at 3 p.m., at Villanova Ballpark in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.