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Heinz Cracks Two Homers As Cornell Sweeps Dartmouth

April 7, 2007

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PRINCETON, N.J. - Junior Jimmy Heinz cracked a pair of home runs, including a grand slam in a the decisive seven-run fourth inning of game two, as the Cornell baseball team picked up a sweep of an Ivy League doubleheader over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon in Princeton, N.J. Cornell won the opener, 4-2, before taking game two, 12-3.

Cornell rallied for the win in game one, scoring a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings as the Big Red overcame a 2-0 deficit. In game two, Cornell jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three and a half innings and cruised to a 12-3 victory. The two wins push the Big Red to 11-12 overall on the year and 5-1 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth falls to 4-15-1 and 1-5 in Ancient Eight action.

In game one, Dartmouth strung together four singles in the fourth inning off of Cornell starter Jim Hyland to push home a pair of runs. Hyland, the reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, would settle in and go the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking none for his fourth win of the season.

Cornell tied the game in the top of the sixth inning as Heinz went to work. Retired in both of his first two plate appearances on the day, the junior stepped to the plate after Domenic Di Ricco led off the inning with a double to left-center. Heinz then belted a home run, his second of the year, to left field.

In the decisive seventh inning, Kaleb Hutchinson started things off for the Big Red by drawing a one-out walk. After moving to second on an error, he was tagged out at third as Adam Jacobs hit into a fielder's choice. Scott Hardinger then moved Jacobs to third on a single to center. Di Ricco then came up and lined a two-out single to center, scoring Jacobs. Heinz then singled to left to score Hardinger for the insurance run, and Hyland retired the Big Green in the bottom half of the inning for the victory.

In game two, Cornell struck for a run in each of the first two innings to take an early lead. Nathan Ford drove in Heinz in the first inning, and Steven Dannaway hit his first collegiate home run with two out in the top of the second. After Cornell went down in order in the third, the Big Red offense erupted for seven runs on six hits and a walk in the fourth inning.

Ford opened the inning with a double to left-center, then scored when Justin Milo tripled to right-center. Scott Hardinger walked and stole second, with both players moving up on Kyle Groth's sacrifice fly to right. Dannaway then drove in Hardinger with a single up the middle, and moved to second when Ry Kagan singled to right. Di Ricco then singled to center, loading the bases for Heinz, who smacked a grand slam to left-center, staking Cornell to a 9-0 lead.

The lead was more than enough for starter Tony Bertucci to work with, as he worked 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Adam Loeding worked 1.2 innings of relief to finish the game, allowing just two baserunners on a hit and a walk.

Eight of the Cornell starters recorded at least one hit in game two, with Ford and Heinz recording three hits each. Heinz was 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBI, while Ford was also 3-for-5 with two runs and one driven in.

Cornell returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Harvard for another Ivy League doubleheader in Cambridge, Mass. First pitch of game one is at noon.

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