PHILADELPHIA - Penn's season rides on a four-game series with Columbia this weekend. The Quakers trail the Lions by 4.5 games with a possible 4.5 left in the season.A four-game sweep over Columbia this weekend would render Penn's currently suspended game with Yale important and force the completion of that game. A five-game winning streak from the Quakers ties them with Columbia and would force a playoff for the Gehrig Division's spot in the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend.
Penn travels to the Big Apple on Saturday for a pair of games at Columbia. It is expected that sophomore Todd Roth will start game one and look to set the tone early for the Red and Blue. Roth has had some tough luck of late, losing his last three decisions, including a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Princeton last weekend. He has shown the ability to shut down his opponents - now he needs the bats to come alive and provide run support.
One player the Quakers' pitching staff will look to shut down is Nick Cox. He has a .362 average with 37 runs scored at the top of the order. He is one of three Lions with double-digits in stolen bases with a team-leading 21 while being thrown out only three times.
The first game of the doubleheader starts at noon at the newly named Robertson Field at Columbia.