Cornell Picks Up Sweep Over LaSalle
March 10, 2007
ITHACA, N.Y. - Brian Kaufman had three hits, including a three-run double in game two as the Cornell baseball team picked up a double-header sweep of LaSalle on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa. The Big Red (3-3) took the opener, 7-3, behind a strong outing from starter Jim Hyland, and took the second game, 6-4.
In game one, the Big Red got a complete game performance from Hyland, who allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out three without a walk. Cornell took the lead on a pair of runs in the second inning, as Adam Jacobs led off with a double and Jimmy Heinz then drew a one-out walk. The pair each moved up a base on a wild pitch before Ryan Michael singled home Jacobs. Scott Hardinger then hit a sacrifice fly to score Heinz from third.
After LaSalle got a run back in the bottom half of the inning, Cornell tacked on another three runs in the top of the fifth. Domenic Di Ricco was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on Kaufman's single to left-center. Brant McKown then belted a home run to left, his first of the season, to put Cornell ahead, 5-1. The Big Red would then add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away.
In game two, Ry Kagan led off the sixth inning with a double as the game was tied at four. After Kyle Groth was intentionally walked with one out, Scott Hardinger hit a liner up the middle that was misplayed by the LaSalle shortstop, scoring Kagan and moving Groth to second. After Steven Dannaway grounded out to first, advancing both Groth and Hardinger, Di Ricco was walked, and Kaufman also drew a free pass, scoring Groth.
Tony Bertucci got the start and worked the first two innings before giving way to Blake Hamilton. Hamilton worked the final five innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out three.
Cornell stays in Philadelphia on Sunday to take on Villanova in a 9:30 a.m. contest at LaSalle.
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