Cornell Comes Back as Pannullo Picks up Win in Baseball Debut vs. Binghamton
The Cornell Big Red (9-13) scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and would hold on to defeat local rival Binghamton (11-18) in a non-conference game.
Senior pitcher Rob Pannullo made his baseball debut as he gave up one run in one inning of work. Pannullo was a walk-on this year after playing Quarterback for the sprint football team. He got the win (1-0) as Cornell plated three in the bottom of the inning; Cameron Ringo took the loss (0-1) for the Bearcats. Justin Lewis earned the save in the bottom of the ninth after getting out of a game.
It wasn’t all positive for Cornell: there was a potential head injury to star third baseman Tommy Wagner. Wagner took a pitch to the helmet in the bottom of the 6th inning. He kept his balance and look composed as he spoke with trainers, but was immediately pulled from the game.
It was an odd game, which featured 19 total pitchers as both Cornell coach Dan Pepicelli and Binghamton coach Tim Sinicki opted to use the midweek affair to get a lot of different pitchers work on the mound.
Entering the eighth inning down 2-0 and with only 3 hits on the day, Cornell didn’t seem look capable of a comeback. But catcher Ellis Bitar after Frankie Padulo walked and then subsequently scored on the overthrow at third base to tie the game at 2. Immediately after Biter scored, Junior CJ Price crushed a home run to right field to give Cornell a 3-2 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Austin Wahl (0-1, 3.86 ERA), a walk on this season who was added to the roster only in late March, got the start for the Big Red. Sophomore Nick Wegmann (0-0, 4.91 ERA) started on the hill for the Bearcats. Wahl gave up only one run in two and one-third innings pitched. But he struggled with control as he walked five batters, one of whom came around to score in the first inning.
Wegmann only threw one inning, allowing one hit, no runs and striking out one batter. He had a successful day at the plate after moving to DH, going 2-4 with a double and a walk.
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