Quakers Comeback Tames Lions in First Game; Second Game Postponed in Eighth

Box Score - Game One

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior Joey Boaen had a monster game for the Quakers, as he hit two solo homers and ripped the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning in Penn’s 12-11 comeback victory over Columbia in game one of a doubleheader.

With the first game lasting three hours and 18 minutes, the teams could not complete the second game, as itwas called for lack of visibility in the eighth inning with the score tied at 7-7. The remainder of the game will be played at Columbia tomorrow at 11 a.m., prior to another doubleheader between the Quakers and Lions in New York City.

In game one, it was Columbia that got off to a fast start on Penn hurler Brian Cirri, tagging him for four runs in the first inning. The big hit for the Lions was a double to right field by Michael DeFazio with the bases full that scored all three baserunners.

Boaen quickly got Penn on the scoreboard with a solo homer to right field on the second pitch of the game for Columbia starter John Baumann.

Two innings later, it was Boaen again who got things started for the Quakers as he ripped another home run to right field with one out. After Josh Corn walked, stole second base then advanced to third on a wild pitch, he was driven in on a base-hit by Tim May. The next batter, freshman Tony Moses, ripped a double to left field that scored Kyle Armeny, who walked, and May. Penn scored its fifth run of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Ken-Ichi Hino to give his team a 6-4 lead.

The Lions busted out for seven runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead, paced by a pair of two-run doubles by Ron Williams and Mike Roberts.

Down 11-6, Penn chipped away at Columbia in the sixth inning after Jim Farrell and Boaen walked and then both scored on a Corn single that snuck under left fielder Noah Cooper’s glove, allowing Corn to advance all the way to third base. After Armeny walked, Moses stepped up for the Quakers once again, blasting a double over the centerfielder’s head to score two and bring Penn within one run.

In the bottom of the seventh inning (Ivy teams play seven innings in the first games of doubleheaders), Boaen and Corn walked and advanced a base on a wild pitch by Columbia’s Andrew Walther. The Quakers tied the game up on a sacrifice fly by May that scored Boaen from third base to send the game into extra innings.

After reliever Doug Brown pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, the Quakers were immediately in a tough spot in the bottom half as their first two batters grounded out. But Hino drew a walk and sophomore Scott Graham, in just his second at-bat of the season for Penn, had an outstanding appearance against Lions pitcher Nick Oleksak. Graham fought back from a 1-2 count and fouled off several pitches to ultimately draw a walk that advanced Hino to second base.

That set the stage for Boaen, who lined the game-clinching single to right field to score Hino.

Brown (2-0) was once again solid in relief for Penn, as he allowed no runs and just one hit to pick up the win, while Columbia’s Oleksak (1-1) was tagged with the loss.

Moses was 2-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored for Penn, while Boaen went 3-for-3 with three walks, three RBI and four runs scored. Corn added two runs scored and two stolen bases in the winning effort.

In the nightcap, it was the Quakers who jumped 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 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 Armeny and 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 as the game was running out of daylight to tie the contest up at 7-7 before the umpires stopped play prior to the start of the ninth frame.

The Quakers and Lions will finish the second game and play two more tomorrow in New York City, starting at 11 a.m.