Columbia Sweeps Quakers to Take Series

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Penn was swept by Columbia in Sunday's doubleheader at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Lions won Game 1, 8-6, in 11 innings and Game 2, 6-2.

In Game 1, Penn got out to an early lead with a three-run second inning, but the Lions managed to tie the score with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. The Quakers regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Josh Corn. The lead was short-lived however, as Columbia’s Ron Williams tripled to center field with the bases loaded to put the Lions on top, 6-4 in the sixth.

Columbia was two outs away from winning Game 1 before Penn started a rally. After Matt Toffaletti and Alex Nwaka reached on back-to-back singles, Joey Boaen walked to load the bases. Corn blooped a single into right center that scored Tofaletti. The next batter was Kyle Armeny, who grounded back to pitcher, Clay Bartlett (2-1), went home for the force, but his throw was wide and allowed Nwaka to score easily and tie it up at 6-6.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the 11th, when Andrew Ward grounded up the middle with runners on first and second. The ball got away from shortstop William Gordon, allowing Mike Malfettone to score. Ron Williams advanced from first to third on the play, but was thrown out at the plate by Gordon. Penn reliever Doug Brown (1-3) surrendered consecutive singles, with Ward coming in to score on the second base hit to make the score 8-6. In the bottom half, Bartlett retired the side in order for the win.

In Game 2, Columbia pitcher Henry Perkins (1-3) pitched a complete game and allowed just one earned run. The Lions scored all six runs in the final four innings. Penn made it a 4-2 game in the eighth. Jeff Cellucci led off with a double to center and was knocked in on a single by Toffaletti. After the next two batters reached base, Corn singled to left to drive in the second run. Columbia pulled away with two more runs in the ninth to make it 6-2.

The Quakers return to action on Tuesday when they host Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic at 3:30 p.m.