PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team dropped Games 2 and 3 of the Ivy League Playoff Series to Columbia on Sunday, 4-2 and 9-1, missing out on its first conference crown since 1995.
After scoring 13 runs and pounding out 13 hits in Saturday’s Game 1 win, the Penn offense mustered just three runs and 14 hits across both games Sunday.
How it Happened (Game 2)
Joe Miller for Penn (33-15) and Sean Higgins for Columbia (29-16) put up matching zeroes in both the runs and hits columns of the scoreboard early on, with neither side registering a hit until the Columbia third (Columbia represented the home team in-game).
The Lions broke through in the fourth, scoring three two-out runs. Penn got a run back in the fifth on a Cole Palis ground out, but the Lions regained their three-run cushion back in the bottom half of the inning. Penn climbed back to within two on another RBI groundout, this time from Andrew Hernandez in the top of the sixth.
Penn put runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but could not push any of them across, as the Lions evened the series at one game apiece.
How it Happened (Game 3)
The Lions jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the second with another two-out rally, tacking on a third run in the top of the fourth and a fourth run in the top of the fifth.
Penn got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth on a Craig Larsen RBI single, but the Lions tacked on two more in the top of the seventh and three more in the ninth, while Penn mustered just two hits in its final 11 at-bats across the final 3+ innings.
Quaker Note Meal
† Wyatt Henseler set the program’s single-season record for hits (72) with a first inning single in Game 3. Henseler has set four single-season marks this year (home runs, total bases, runs, and hits).
† Larsen became the first player in program history to crack 200 at-bats in a season. Tommy Courtney (197) also eclipsed the old record of 195 set by Peter Matt in 2019.
* (Joe) Miller became just the second player in program history to strike out at least 90 batters in a season. Grover Powell holds the program record, striking out 116 hitters back in 1960. Miller became the first hurler to strike out as many as 80 since Paul Cusick in 2011.
The Quakers will await their NCAA Tournament fate, with this year’s selection show scheduled for Monday, May 30 at Noon.