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Big Red Wins Marathon To Gain Split With Penn

April 24, 2007

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

ITHACA, N.Y. - Nathan Ford's single to shortstop with two out in the bottom of the 12th inning drove in Steven Dannaway to give the Cornell baseball team an 11-10 win over Penn in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Hoy Field in Ithaca, N.Y. Penn won the opener, 13-1, behind a combined three-hit performance, but the Big Red offense overwhelmed the Quakers in the nightcap.

In the decisive 12th inning, Dannaway reached on a shot to short that was gloved by Penn's William Gordon, but his throw sailed over the first baseman. Dannaway moved to second on a groundout by Domenic DiRicco, then advanced to third on a single up the middle by Jimmy Heinz. After Justin Milo fouled out, Ford came to the plate and hit his slow roller to short. Gordon made the stop on the ball and threw to second for the force, but Heinz beat the throw as it was dropped by the second baseman, allowing Dannaway to advance from third with the winning run.

Cornell (14-20, 7-9 Ivy League) led, 10-5, going into the ninth inning, but the Quakers took advantage of a tiring Blake Hamilton to even the score. Penn (20-17, 12-8 Ivy) used a solo home run, three walks, a pair of singles and a hit-batsman to knot the score at 10 and send the game into extra innings.

Both teams started out strong offensively, capitalizing on shaky starts for both clubs. Penn scored once in the first, only to have Cornell tie the score in bottom half of the inning, then regained the lead with a single run in the top of the second. Cornell scored two in the second, before the team's pitchers settled in.

The Quakers again tied the game, this time at three, in the fifth inning, on a solo home run from Gordon. The Big Red answered in the bottom half of the frame, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batsman. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Nathan Ford and Kyle Groth followed, giving Cornell a 5-3 advantage. Ryan Michael's first home run of the season followed in the sixth to make it 6-3, but Penn tallied a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to cut the Cornell lead to one.

The Big Red extended the lead to five in the bottom of the seventh, knocking around Penn ace Todd Roth. Back-to-back singles by Milo and Ford put the first two on, and Groth grounded out, moving the pair up 90 feet each. Scott Hardinger was then intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Ry Kagan made the Quakers pay. Kagan hit a 1-2 pitch the opposite way to right-center, where it fell in despite an outstanding effort by Penn centerfielder Joey Boaen to track it down after shading Kagan to left-center. The ball bounced up against the wall, giving Kagan time to race around the bases for the inside-the-park grand slam, and seemingly putting the game out of reach until the Quakers scored five in the ninth.

Tom Laughlin got the start and lasted just one inning, allowing two runs on one hit with five walks. Bryce Klinesteker came on and worked the next five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three. Blake Hamilton workted 2.2 innings of relief, surrendering five runs on three hits and five walks. Walker Toma worked the final 3.1 innings for his fourth win of the year, holding the Quakers to four hits and a walk while striking out three.

For Penn in game two, Robbie Seymour worked the first four innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Andy Console worked two innings, surrendering just the home run to Michael. Roth worked three innings of relief, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out three. Reid Terry took the loss, giving up one unearned run on four hits in 2.2 innings.

Offensively in the second game, Cornell's Nathan Ford was 5-for-6 with a run and three RBI, while Ry Kagan was 2-for-5 with a run and five driven in. Penn's Matt Toffaletti was 3-for-7 with two RBI, while Kyle Armeny was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored.

The opener lacked the same drama, as Penn broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the fifth inning, again taking advantage of free passes issued by Big Red pitchers. The Quakers scored five times in the fifth on three singles and five walks, then added another five runs in the seventh inning, with the key blast being a three-run home run to right by Boaen.

Matt Hill took the loss in game one, working four innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out five. Stephen Osterer, Adam Loeding and Willie Meier each came on in relief for the Big Red. For Penn, Jim Birmingham worked the first three innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two, while Doug Brown came on and took the win, working four innings of one-hit relief, striking out five.

Cornell returns to action on Friday, traveling to Princeton to open the final series of the regular season. Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers begins at noon, while the two teams meet again on Sunday at Hoy Field in Ithaca for another two-game set, also beginning at noon. Prior to Sunday's game will be the official celebration of the renovation of Hoy Field, while Cornell's senior class will be honored in between the two games.


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