March 11, 2014

BASEBALL | Red Rebounds, Takes Three of Four

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By SCOTT CHIUSANO

After losing game one of a four-game series in extra innings, the baseball team stormed back to take the next three matchups from George Washington University this weekend, improving its record to 5-2. Senior shortstop Tom D’Alessandro was named the Ivy League’s Player of the Week after breaking Cornell’s program-record for stolen bases in a game when he swiped six in the series finale.

The Red jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opener on Saturday, and although the Colonials cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI single by junior Spencer Scorza gave Cornell a 3-1 lead going into the sixth. The Colonials got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, though, tying the game up and eventually forcing extra innings.

Junior reliever Eric Upton pitched one and two third scoreless innings of relief, but George Washington was able to take advantage of two hit batsmen and a walk by junior closer Kellen Urbon in the bottom of the ninth, giving them the 4-3 victory.

XIAOYUE GUO / SUN CONTRIBUTORJunior pitcher Brian McAfee was instrumental in the win, putting zeroes in the final two frames to lift the Red to a 4-3 victory.

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