Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Penn
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. In the opening doubleheader of Ivy League play, the Columbia Lions and the Penn Quakers split the twin bill at Meiklejohn Stadium.  The Quakers won the first game 12-0, while the Lions captured the second contest 9-0.

Columbia served as the home team in the doubleheader, as the games were originally scheduled to take place at Andy Coakley Field. 

In game two, the Lions put the bases loaded in the bottom of the third with Andrew Ward coming to the plate. 

Ward hit a scorcher off the right-center field wall for a three-run triple, driving home Dean Forthun, Craig Rodwogin and Ron Wiliams to give Columbia a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Henry Perkins hit a liner up the middle, and then Noah Cooper followed with another single to center field.  With no outs, Mike Roberts doubled to left field, scoring Perkins and Cooper to give the Lions a 5-0 advantage.

On the next pitch, Dan Neczypor hit a deep home run to right field to drive in Roberts, making it a 7-0 ballgame.  Neczypor now has two round trippers this year.

Ward added to his team-leading RBI total of 25 with a double in the seventh inning that drove in Williams.  Mike Roberts drove in Ward later in the inning with a fielder’s choice, giving Columbia a 9-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Bill Purdy kept the Quakers bats at bay, as he threw eight impressive innings, surrendering only six hits and no runs.  The junior hurler improves to 2-2 on the season.

In the first game, Penn, took a 5-0 lead after the top of the second inning.  The Quakers tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning to increase their advantage to 8-0.      

Columbia got a base runner on in the top of the fifth when Henry Perkins reached on an errant throw.  Perkins moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Noah Cooper, but the Lions could not get a run across.

In the bottom of the sixth, Dan Neczypor led off and reached on an error.  With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Noah Cooper hit a liner to left field to break-up the no-hitter by Penn pitcher Todd Roth.

With the split of the doubleheader, the Lions move to 5-10-1 (1-1 Ivy League), the Quakers are now 6-8 (1-1 Ivy League) on the season.  

Columbia and Penn will play again on Sunday, March 25 at Meiklejohn Stadium, as Penn will serve as the home team.  The doubleheader will begin at noon.