PHILADELPHIA, PA. – After making history yesterday, Columbia baseball carried its momentum into the final day of its regular season, completing its sweep of Penn by defeating the Quakers 4-1 and 13-5 on Sunday, April 27th.
The Lions put up four runs in the first three innings, including a three-run third inning, to defeat the Quakers 4-1 in game one.
Just two batters into the game, Columbia took a 1-0 lead. Nick Cox recorded his fifth triple of the season to start things off, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Noah Cooper.
Columbia added three more runs in the third to extend their lead to 4-0. Cox, who reached on an error by Penn’s third baseman, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Cooper. Henry Perkins hit a sacrifice fly to left field, plating Cox. Ron Williams followed with a triple to right center, scoring Cooper. Williams scored himself on a single up the middle by Mike Roberts to give Columbia a solid 4-0 lead.
John Baumann (3-1) proved to be too much for Penn, pitching a complete game and striking out nine batters. The lone Quaker tally came in the bottom of the fifth off an RBI single to right field.
Columbia continued to dominate in the nightcap, scoring 13 runs on 16 hits. The Lions exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth to break open the game one run game.
Columbia found themselves down 3-2 after the first, and came back to tie it with a solo run in the third. The Lions took the lead in the top of the fourth with another single run, but Penn answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the lead, 5-4.
Columbia tied the game again on an RBI single up the middle by Perkins, plating Cox who had a lead off double. Columbia took the lead when Williams singled through the left side scoring Cooper.
The Lions then loaded the bases on a single by Mike Roberts before Mike Malfettone had a bases clearing double to right center, and advanced to third on the throw, expanding Columbia’s lead to 9-5. Jake Summerhays blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall to make it 11-5.
Columbia added two more runs in the final four innings.
Bill Purdy picked up the win for Columbia pitching six innings, giving up five runs, two earned. Max Lautmann, Matt Berninger, and Joey Mizzoni each pitched a shut out inning.
The Ivy League Lou Gehrig Division Champion Lions finish the regular season 20-24 overall and 15-5 in Ivy League play, setting a school record for the most Ivy wins in a single season.
Ivy League Red Rolfe Division Champions Dartmouth split its series with Harvard on April 27, also finishing the conference with a 15-5 mark. Dartmouth wins the tie-breaker for home field advantage by virtue of holding a better winning percentage against the third place (overall) Princeton Tigers. The best-of-three Ivy League Baseball Championship series will be held at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover, N.H., May 3-4.