Cornell Baseball Takes 2 of 3 in Maryland in Final Non-Conference Series
The Red took down Fordham and Towson last weekend with its pitching prowess on entire display — just in time for Ivy play, which begins next weekend. Cornell won each video games on Saturday 1-0 and 4-2 against Fordham and Towson, respectively. The Red-faced Towson University again the following day and fell 3-2. Despite scoring possibilities inside the top of the 9th inning, Cornell couldn’t close the one-run deficit. Leading up to in-convention play, Cornell has advanced a fashion of playing low-scoring video games decided with the aid of starters and comfort pitchers. Aided using its evolving protection and an offense trying to string runs collectively, the Red is searching for to improve as the season gets into full swing. Cornell currently stands with a common file of three-nine. In sport one versus Fordham, Cornell junior Colby Wyatt hurled an outstanding scoreless 7 and -thirds innings. Wyatt struck out 4 and confined the Rams to handiest five hits, incomes the win. Relief pitcher junior Andrew Ellison was given the store to solidify the Red’s 1-0 victory. Although the sole run of the game was unearned — freshman infielder and leadoff hitter Justin Taylor reached on an error inside the first inning — the Red’s defense shutout Fordham the entire game. Immediately following its victory over Fordham, Cornell directed their protective momentum in the direction of Towson University. Freshman pitcher Jon Zacharias racked up three strikeouts in four innings of labor, permitting best one run. By the cease of the sixth inning, Cornell was down with the aid of races, but the offense awakened late in the sport to place up four fields within the 7th, eighth and ninth innings blended. Relief pitcher junior John Natoli tossed 3 and one-0.33 scoreless to clinch the victory for the Red, incomes a win for himself as nicely. In the day after today’s healthy, Cornell and Towson persisted in holding the score close via the 5th inning.
But by way of the give up of the 7th, Towson had pulled away by runs. After a scoreless eighth, Cornell attempted to reply in an excessive pinnacle of the ninth. Junior infielder Matt Collins led off for the Red and reached after being hit by using a pitch. Sophomore outfielder Nicholas Binnie related with an angle for a single, advancing Collins. Senior catcher Will Simoneit ripped a pinch-hit RBI. With two runners on and no outs, the Red had both the tying and move-in advance runs on base. And then, just as fast because it has been sparked, the Red’s offense ran out of good fortune.
No out quickly turned into outs as Taylor grounded into a double play. Now, most effective the tying run remained on third. With senior infielder/outfielder Josh Arndt at bat and the tying run only 90 feet away, the sport fizzled to an end with a fly ball and a stranded runner. Despite the outcome of that 2d healthy versus Towson — a violent and irritating game culminating inside the pinnacle of the 9th inning — the way, the Red’s offense got here alive to project the Tigers confirmed determination and promise. For an offense previously suffering from stringing hits collectively and creating scoring possibilities, the gamers referred to as to bat inside the 9th did merely that. Of the six players tested in the ninth, 5 made solid contact. However, some of those hit balls did not drop into the gaps. This beyond weekend in Maryland marked the final series before convention play begins. Cornell aims to continue capitalizing on its very own smart pitching and hopes to set up an offense that comes in the clutch. Next weekend, Columbia hosts Cornell for the Red’s first convention series with two video games on Saturday, March 23 and one on Sunday, March 24.