Cornell Wins Monday Matinee Over Brown, 5-4
April 2, 2007
ITHACA, N.Y. - Jimmy Heinz and Nathan Ford both drove in a pair of runs as the Cornell baseball team improved to 3-1 in Ivy League play with a 5-4 victory over Brown on Monday afternoon at Hoy Field. Walker Toma started the game, which was postponed due to rain on Sunday, and picked up his third win of the season as Cornell improved to 9-11 on the season and 3-1 in Ivy League play.
Brown (7-13, 2-2 Ivy League) struck first, using a double and a wild pitch and a throwing error to score an unearned run and take a 1-0 lead after the top of the first. Cornell answered right back, as Brian Kaufman reached on an error by Bear second baseman Bryan Tews. Kaufman stole second and moved to third on Nathan Ford's single to right. Both players then came around on Justin Milo's triple to left-center, putting the Big Red ahead, 2-1.
Cornell made it 3-1 with a single run in the fifth inning, as Kaufman hit a two-out double to left-center. After stealing third base, he came home on Ford's single to center. Brown cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but again, the Big Red answered. This time, it was Ry Kagan starting the rally with a two-out double down the left-field line. Domenic Di Ricco then walked, with both players coming around when Jimmy Heinz hit a two-run triple to right-center.
With Cornell up, 5-2, Brown tacked on another pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Adjatay Nyadjroh led off with a walk and scored on Robert Papenhause's double to center, though Papenhause was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Brian Kelaher followed that up with a triple to center, and scored on Chris Tanabe's one-out single up the middle.
Brown would threaten again in the eighth inning, as Ryan Murphy would reach on a one-out double to left. He advanced to third on a wild pitch by Cornell reliever Blake Hamilton, but Hamilton got Tews to strike out and induced Nyadjroh into a groundout to second.
Toma worked five innings, allowing two runs, one of them earned, on four hits while walking one and striking out four. Hamilton relieved him in the sixth inning and worked the final four innings for his second save in as many days, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Alex Silverman took the loss for the Bears, working 5.2 innings and allowing four runs, two of them earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out four.
Offensively for Cornell, Justin Milo went 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Kaufman, Ford and Kagan each had a pair of hits.
Cornell returns to action on Wednesday, playing LeMoyne in a doubleheader scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at Hoy Field.
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