Baseball drops final two home games to Princeton on Senior Day
Game One: PRINCETON 4, CORNELL 3
Ithaca, N.Y. – If Cornell wanted to contend for the Lou Gehrig division title, they would have had to win all four games against Princeton this weekend, and then they’d have to hope that Columbia wins three of four against Penn. It would be historic, the first time since the league was founded in 1993 that there was a four-way tie.
Well, none of the sort would happen. Cornell dropped game one on Friday in a brutal fashion, by a score of 4-3 in eight innings. RHP Peter Lannoo got the start in place of Paul Balestrieri, and he did a fantastic job. He allowed two runs in the top of the first on four hits (a couple were a bit unlucky, too), and promptly settled down after that. He would finish the day allowing just three earned runs over 7+ innings, striking out three and allowing seven hits and one walk along the way.
The score remained 2-0 going into the fifth, and Princeton would tack on a run to give them a 3-0 lead. The run was unearned, though, as a ball off the bat of Jesper Horsted that went right through the legs of CJ Price at second base set up Princeton with runners on first and second with one out. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and then Horsted scored on a sacrifice fly.
Cornell would make up two runs in the bottom half of the frame on a Mark Fraser RBI double that would bring in Ellis Bitar and Jordan Winawer who hit back-to-back singles.
Cornell would then tie it in the bottom of the seventh on the brink of elimination, as Dale Wickham hit a game-tying RBI single. The run would be credited to Princeton starter Cameron Mingo even though Chris Giglio allowed the run, but Mingo had an impressive afternoon: 6.1 innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts, no walks.
Stranding two runners in the bottom half of that frame would be disastrous, though, as Princeton promptly put a run on the board in the top half of the eighth off of Jamie Flynn; Lannoo started the inning off by allowing a double, and then Flynn issued a wild pitch and an RBI single to Nick Hernandez. The Big Red went down one-two-three in the bottom of the eighth, and it would end their season.–Matt Provenzano
Game Two: PRINCETON 6, CORNELL 1
Ithaca, N.Y. – Cornell lost their second game to Princeton on Friday afternoon 3-1.
Princeton got an early start in the first when junior first baseman Nick Hernandez singled up the middle scoring in freshman centerfielder Jesper Horsted. The Tigers added another run in the fifth.
Princeton’s Chad Powers had a perfect game into the seventh before sophomore Dale Wickham lined a single into center field with one out. Wickham later gained a stolen base and scored when junior Cole Rutherford singled to right, allowing the Big Red to cut the deficit to one run.
Sophomore starter LHP Justin Lewis pitched six innings before junior RHP Austin Wahl took the helm. Cornell proceeded to run through five relievers while the Tigers tacked on three runs. Princeton’s Danny Thomson worked an inning to close out the game in a non-save situation. Horsted was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for Princeton.
The teams finish their regular season tomorrow at Princeton’s Clarke Field. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12 p.m.–Virginia Norder