Bats Awaken As Big Red Splits Doubleheader With Bucknell
March 4, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - A day after a pair of pitchers duels went in favor of Bucknell, the Cornell offense highlighted the day as the Big Red earned a split of a doubleheader against the Bison. Cornell took the opener, 8-4, before falling in the second game, 11-7, in a pair of contests played in Philadelphia.
Blake Hamilton got the start in the first game, but it would be Walker Toma who would get the decision, working four-plus innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three for the victory. Brian Kaufman had three hits for the Big Red, including a pair of doubles, to spark the offense to its first victory of the season. Sophomore Nathan Ford was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, including a two-run single in Cornell's decisive three-run sixth inning.
In game two, David Rochefort was the starter, but again, the starter did not receive the decision. Adam Loeding took the loss in relief after Cornell took a 7-6 lead in the third inning. Nathan Ford had a two-run home run for Cornell in the five-run third inning, while Adam Jacobs belted a solo shot in the fourth. Jacobs was 3-for-5 in game two with a pair of runs scored and one batted in, while Ford went 2-for-5 with a run and three driven in.
After Cornell took a 7-6 lead after Jacobs' home run in the fourth inning, the Bison took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning, tacking on three runs. Bucknell would add single runs in the fifth and seventh innings for the final margin.
Cornell returns to Philadelphia next weekend for three games. The Big Red will take on LaSalle on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon. Sandwiched between the two contests with the Explorers is a single game on Saturday at Villanova, also starting at noon.
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