PHILADELPHIA With the University of Pennsylvania baseball team's fate in the hands of Princeton, Penn received good news at their team banquet on Sunday afternoon. As W. Joseph Blood head coach John Cole addressed the audience, it was announced that Princeton hadlost to Cornell.
The Tigers needed a four-game sweep ofCornell this weekend to force a one-game playoff for the division crown, and got off to a good startby taking Saturday’s doubleheader and then Game 1 on Sunday. However, in the nightcap, Cornell pulled out a 5-4, 12-inning victory to eliminate the Tigers and give Penn the title outright.
For Penn, it marks the first Gehrig Division title since 1997 and fifth since the Ivy League went to two divisions in 1993. The Quakers will face Red Rolfe Division champion Brown next weekend at Murray Stadium in Providence, R.I. The Bears clinched their first division title in school history with a 2-0 victory over Yale in Sunday’s first game.
The best-of-three championship series will get underway on Saturday with two nine-inning games, followed byone nine-inning game on Sunday if necessary. A start time has yet to be announced, but check back to PennAthletics.com this week for that announcement.
Penn and Brown split their doubleheader back on April 9. The Quakers took Game 1, 5-3, thanks to a two-run double in the seventh by William Gordon with the scored tied at 3-3. The Bears answered back with a 15-12 win in Game 2.