MOUNT VERNON – The young Rams endured some growing pains in a 14-0 home-opening baseball loss to the Loras Duhawks Wednesday night at Ash Park Field.
Loras built a 10-0 lead after four innings, in large part due to seven Ram errors that resulted in six unearned runs. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Cornell, which moved to 6-5 overall.
The Duhawks (2-5) outhit Cornell, 11-7, and ended the game early with a four-run seventh inning. The teams combined to use 46 players – including 12 pitchers – in the nonconference contest.
Sophomore second baseman Nate Streb led the Rams with a 3-for-3 night at the plate. The first-year Ram bumped his season batting average to .390.
Cornell freshman starter Eric Daubach gave up six runs – only one earned – over two innings. Kenny Capesius and Drew Bell both worked one scoreless inning in relief for the Rams.
Coming up – The Rams look to bounce back Saturday in a scheduled nine-inning game at noon against UW-Platteville in Mount Vernon. Cornell plays host to Macalester in a noon doubleheader Sunday.