Ron Williams Breaks All-Time Hit Record in Baseball's Twinbill Setback at Penn

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Senior Ron Williams finished his career with 205 hits at Columbia, the most in the 121-year history of the program.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/John Forthun

PHILADELPHIA – Penn took the opener 11-5 with three big innings, and in the nightcap, Columbia was ahead 9-2 until Penn posted 13 runs in the eighth inning to stun the Lions, 15-9, in Columbia's regular season finale.

 

In the opener, Ron Williams had three hits to set the all-time hits record at Columbia.  He finished his prolific four-year career with 205 hits, two more than Bart "B" Teal '95CC.

 

Game 1

 

Columbia got on the board in its half of the first when Nick Cox drove a one-out double into the right-center field gap and was quickly driven home on an RBI single by Ron Williams.

 

Penn came right back with a four spot in the bottom of the first, stringing together six hits, three doubles and three singles.

 

The Lions cut the deficit to 4-2 in the third.  Jon Eisen dropped a bunt down that hugged the third base line for a single and Williams singled to put runners at the corners.  Alexander Aurrichio followed by cracking a double halfway up the right field wall to plate Eisen.

 

Penn extended its lead to 8-2 in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Tom Grandieri and a three-run home run just inside the left field foul pole off the bat of William Gordon.

 

The Quakers scored three more times in the fifth to make it 11-2 before Columbia mounted a seventh-inning rally.

 

Billy Rumpke was robbed on the first pitch he saw, driving into the right field corner but Grandieri made a nice running grab for the first out.

 

Eisen followed with a single and Nick Cox doubled to move runners into scoring position.

 

Williams then singled to score Eisen and Cox.  It was his third hit of the day and the 204th of his career, breaking Columbia’s all-time hits record, previously held by Bart “B” Teal ’95.

 

Dean Forthun scored Williams with Columbia’s third run of the inning but Robbie Seymour came on in relief of Penn starter Vince Voiro to get the final two outs on strikeouts to end the game.

 

Game 2

 

Columbia led 9-2 after seven innings but Penn put up 13 runs in the bottom of the eighth to capture the comeback victory.

 

Penn led 2-0 before Columbia came back with four runs in the third.  With the score tied at 2-2, Dean Forthun’s double to left center brought home the go-ahead runs to make it 4-2.

 

Jon Eisen’s RBI double made it 5-2 in the fourth and his infield hit plated Kevin Roberts with Columbia’s sixth run in the sixth inning.

Columbia added three more in the seventh, the last run coming on Billy Rumpke’s RBI double.

 

In the eighth, three Columbia relievers issued seven walks as Penn scored 13 runs on six hits.  The go-ahead runs were driven home on Derek Vigoa’s bases-clearing double to make it 12-9.

 

Geoff Whitaker started the game and pitched well for Columbia.  He threw 125 pitches over seven innings, scattering eight hits and giving up just two runs.

 

Jon Eisen went 6-for-8 in the doubleheader.  In game two, Dean Forthun, Bobby O'Brien and Billy Rumpke had two hits each.

 

The Lions close out the 2009 season with a 11-32 overall record and 7-13 mark in the Ivy League.

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