Ron Williams Breaks All-Time Hit Record in Baseball's Twinbill Setback at Penn
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.
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
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
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.
Penn led 2-0 before
In the eighth, three
Geoff Whitaker started the game and pitched well for
The Lions close out the 2009 season with a 11-32 overall record and 7-13 mark in the Ivy League.