March 29, 2004

Baseball Drops Seven in Calif.

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The only California dreams the baseball team will have for the next few weeks will be nightmares after its spring break trip to the west coast.

The squad lost all seven of its games by a combined score of 84-14, including a 31-3 loss to California-Santa Barbara. The Red lost four other games to the Gauchos to go with another two losses to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The Red dropped its first contest to UCSB by a score of 12-1. The Gauchos blew the game open early as they scored nine runs in the first two innings off of sophomore Rocky Collis who fell to 1-2 on the season.

Freshman Kaleb Hutchinson knocked in senior co-captain Jon Finch in the top of the eighth for the Red, who tallied 13 hits in the game, all of which were singles. Unfortunately for the Red, it was only able to bring one runner across home plate — stranding six runners in scoring position and six others on first. The difference in the Red’s 12-6 loss in the second game against UCSB was again the fast start by the Gauchos who scored six runs in the second inning and held on for a 12-6 win.

Sophomore catcher Matt Goodson led the way for the Red offense, going 2-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored. Four other Red hitters had a multi-hit game, producing the largest run production on the squad’s seven-day trip. After the two games against the Gauchos, the Red traveled to San Luis Obispo to face No. 43 Cal Poly SLO.

The Red dropped the first game by an 8-1 margin as the Mustangs jumped out to a 7-0 lead after five innings. The Red didn’t tally its run until junior Matt Miller singled home sophomore Seth Gordon with two outs in the seventh inning. Senior Dan Gala fell to 1-2 on the season after he gave up six runs on eight hits in three innings of work.

The Red dropped the second game to Cal Poly by a 4-1 score despite 6 1/3 innings of solid work from junior Tad Bardenwerper who struck out four Mustang hitters. The Red held a lead for the first time on its trip as Finch scored on an error in the top of the second inning. Yet the Mustangs scored two runs in the third to take the lead for good.

Upon its return trip to Santa Barbara, the Red was greeted with a 31-run bashing from the Gauchos. Five Red pitchers surrendered 27 hits, including five doubles and three round-trippers.

Finch and Gordon led the way for the offense, accounting for five of the Red’s nine hits and both runs batted in.

Finch notched his team-leading 11th RBI in the Red’s 11-1 loss to UCSB in the fourth game of the series. The single, which drove in senior Ned VanAllan for the Red’s lone score of the contest, was one of just four hits for Cornell.

Hutchinson went 2-3 in the game, while sophomore William Pauly was 1-3. Pauly scored the only run of the game for the Red in its last game on the west coast, a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Gauchos. He was knocked in on a double by senior David Bredhoff in the second inning to give the Red a 1-0 lead. Collis, the Red’s starter, held UCSB scoreless until the sixth inning when the Gauchos scored three runs to seal the victory. Yet Collis (1-3) had a solid outing, giving up five hits with nine strikouts in six innings of work.

After the spring break trip, the Red finds itself at 3-10 on the season. The squad will look to snap its eight-game losing streak on Tuesday when it travels to face Penn State. The Red’s first Ivy contests will be this weekend when it plays host to Harvard and Dartmouth.

Archived article by Chris Mascaro
Sun Assistant Sports Editor