The baseball team will look to avenge last week’s thumping from upstate rival Le Moyne, as it heads to Syracuse today at 2 p.m to take on the Dolphins in doubleheader action.
The Red (13-14, 6-6 Ivy) had a strong showing against Ivy rival Columbia this weekend, winning three of the four contests to move up to third place in the Lou Gehrig Division. Several team members contributed both in the field and at the plate.
Junior Chris Schutt pitched all nine innings of Saturday’s 7-1 blasting of Columbia (17-22, 5-7) with a total of 15 strikeouts, four hits and just one run. Game one was similar, with Cornell earning a 6-2 victory behind solid pitching from junior Dan Baysinger and senior David Sharfstein.
Offensively, Cornell got a much needed kick from sophomore shortstop Matt MIller and freshman second baseman Seth Gordon. Each scored once in the first game, and provided the needed boost for game two. Gordon added his second and third runs on the day, as Miller hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the winning run.
While the wins over the Lions boosted the Red’s confidence, the team must now face a Le Moyne (18-10) squad which has won 16 of its last 17 games.
Cornell’s pitching staff will have to shut down Le Moyne’s Kyle Brown in order to improve its chances. Brown went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBI against Canisius last Sunday. With the effort, he and the Le Moyne offense scored double-digit runs for the fourth consecutive game.
But Cornell is no stranger to the Le Moyne bats.
In last week’s 23-4 loss, Le Moyne scored in all but three innings, including a 10-run third. A squad of eight pitchers for Le Moyne allowed a total of only three hits and four runs. The Red gave up 23 hits and as many runs in the game.
Archived article by Josh Dormont