Baseball's Title Hopes Dashed by Columbia

PHILADELPHIA - A game back of Princeton at the start of the day, the University of Pennsylvania was swept by Columbia in a doubleheader, eliminating the Quakers from Gehrig Division title contention. Columbia took the first game 4-2 before completing the sweep with a 3-1 win in the second.

Game One: Columbia 4 - Penn 2

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: Early on, both sides saw chances to take an early lead, but neither could get the timely hit they needed to break the scoreless tie. Penn stranded runners in scoring position in the first and third and Columbia left a man in scoring position in each of the first five innings.

BREAK THROUGH: Penn was finally able to buck the trend and score twice in the fifth inning when Matt McGeagh grounded out to shortstop and allowed Matt Tola to score from third. Matt O'Neill doubled the lead two batters later with a double off the center field wall to score Sean Phelan.

BACK BREAKING: Columbia's answer was swift, as they scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take a two-run lead. Joe Engel started the scoring with an RBI double to left to make it 2-1, Robb Paller gave the Lions the lead with a two-run single to center, and Randell Kanemaru capped off the scoring with a single to left to make it 4-2.

Game Two: Columbia 3 - Penn 1

LEADING AGAIN: Penn struck first again in game two, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Tim Graul singled up the middle and allowed O'Neill to hustle home.

COLUMBIA COMES ON LATE: Still trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Columbia scored twice in the inning and added another in the eighth to walk away with a 3-1 win and a sweep of the doubleheader. Paller launched his fourth home run of the year in the sixth to make it 2-1, Lions and added a third RBI in the eighth with a single to left.

QUAKER NOTES: With the losses, Princeton clinches the Gehrig Division title and will face the winner of the Red Rolfe Division in the Ivy League Championship Series... This is the third consecutive season that the Quakers have been eliminated from the Gehrig Division race by the Lions with the previous two years coming in a one-game playoff... Tim Graul added four more hits on Friday and is now the Quakers leading hitter at .353.

UP NEXT: Penn will head to Columbia on Saturday for its final two games of the 2016 season beginning at 1 p.m.

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