PHILADELPHIA – After a remarkable series of events last weekendtThe University of Pennsylvania baseball team will host fellow regular-season co-Ivy League champion Columbia this weekend at Meiklejohn Stadium in the 2022 Ivy League Playoff Series.
Penn clinched a share of the Ivy League title on Sunday after completing three games against Princeton, along with Columbia, which dropped two of three of its Ivy Series to Dartmouth. The Big Green rebounded from a 10-4 eighth-inning deficit to a 12-11, 10-inning win in the last game of the series. The Quakers will host this weekend’s series as they win the season series against the Lions.
Penn (32-13, 17-4) vs. Columbia (27-15, 17-4)
Game 1 | Saturday May 21 | 1 p.m. | CLOCK | STATISTICS
Game 2 | Sunday May 22 | 12 p.m. | CLOCK | STATISTICS
Game 3 (if necessary) | Sunday May 22 | 30 minutes after the end of Game 2 | CLOCK | STATISTICS
* Penn will be the designated home team for Games 1 and 3; Columbia will be the designated home team for Game 2.
PENN: Kevin Eise (7-1, 3.88 ERA), Joe Miller (6-3, 3.50 ERA), Cole Zaffiro (2-0, 4.25 ERA)
PRINCETON: Andy Leon (3-0, 3.47 ERA), Joe Sheets (2-1, 5.13 ERA), Sean Higgins (4-3, 6.80 ERA)
The Series – This Season
The Quakers took two of three away games from the Lions in the last weekend of March in the first Ivy League series of the season.
Penn won the first game 10-5 and the series finals 13-7, with Columbia reversing a 10-5 deficit and entering the eighth game to earn an 11-10 walk-off victory in the second game.
News, Notes and Numbers: PENN
0 • Penn hasn’t lost a single Ivy League series this season, beating Princeton, Brown and Cornell and clinching two from three from Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale and Harvard. Including non-conference, Penn has won 10 consecutive series dating back to mid-March.
13 • With a go-ahead homer in three runs on Wednesday against Bucknell, Wyatt Henseler set the new home run record for a season of the program at 13.
17 • With last Sunday’s win over Princeton, Penn set a new program record for single-season Ivy League wins at 17.
20 • Penn drew 20 more walks than any other team in the Ivy League, with four players individually in the top nine – Cole Palis, Seth Werchan, Ben Miller (16, T-3.), Jackson appeal (15, T-6th)
33 • Penn allowed 33 fewer earned runs than Columbia in Ivy League play and posted a 3.51 ERA to Columbia’s 5.09.
47 • Game 2 on Sunday will be Penn’s 47th game of the season, which will set a new program record and break the team’s existing 1995 record.
60 • Ivy League opponents hit Penn Pitching’s .224 this season, 60 points shy of the .284 mark allowed by the Columbia staff.
269 • Game 1 of the ILCS will be the 269th clash between Columbia and the Quakers. Penn holds the series lead with a 137-128-3 record against the Lions, set in 1886.
455 • Penn’s pitching team goes into the ILCS weekend with 455 strikeouts, surpassing the previous program record of 358 set in 2018.
Beginning the April 7-13 season, Columbia put together a memorable month, winning 18 straight games, including 15 straight in the Ivy League, a conference record. The Lions’ only conference losses came to Penn and Dartmouth in the first and final Ivy series of the season.
Six everyday players hit over .330 in conference play, with Weston Eberly (1.217), Hayden Schott (1.137) and Cole Hage (1.132) finishing 2nd, 4th and 5th in OPS in Ivy Action.
Five pitchers finished the regular season with ERAs under 5.00 in conference play. Andy Leon had four straight outings in conference play, totaling 11 innings. Griffin Palfrey had five straight outings in conference play without a goal, totaling nine innings with eleven strikeouts. Saajan May had three dominant finals games to wrap up the regular season: 11.1 innings, no runs, nine hits, no walks.
About the Ivy League
The Ivy League stands at the forefront of higher education and Division I athletics, rooted in the long-standing, guiding principle that intercollegiate athletics competitions “should be held in harmony with the essential educational purposes of the institution.” The Ivy League is unrivaled in its legacy and represents the true test of academic and cross-curricular rigor – fostering an enduring culture that celebrates storied tradition, thrives on shared values, and places students’ academic and personal growth at the forefront.
Consistently ranked as the top academic conference and with more national championships than any other collegiate athletic conference, the Ivy League has presented over 240 nationally ranked programs over the past three years and is proud to sponsor 34 sports, the highest number of any NCAA Conferences. with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing annually. The league’s world-renowned schools – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale – serve as standard bearers for inspiring and transformative athletes who bravely face the challenges of the world and live lives of great impact.