MOLINE, Ill. – Cornell's baseball team had national votes-getter Augustana on the ropes, but couldn't hold on to a five-run lead in Wednesday's 9-8 nonconference road loss at Swanson/Brunner Field.
The Rams (20-11) accounted for 16 hits in a game they led 8-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Augustana (24-10) rallied for three runs in the seventh and struck for three more in the eighth for the comeback win.
Freshman outfielder Eric Daubach made the most of a spot start, going 4-for-5 with an RBI to pace Cornell's lineup. The Rams received three hits apiece from Beriah Quick, Max Freilinger and John Tesensky.
Cornell struck for seven runs on seven hits in the top of the second, which saw 12 Rams come to the plate. Quick and Freilinger both delivered two-run singles in helping the Rams stake an early 7-2 advantage.
Tesensky singled and later scored on a balk to push Cornell's margin to 8-3 in the top of the sixth. The Vikings used clutch hitting to climb all the way back, scoring all of their final six runs with two outs.
Cornell had been 17-0 this season in games when leading after the sixth inning.
Quick finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. The junior shortstop extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and has now reached base safely in 35 straight. Tesensky recorded his team-high 16th multi-hit game.
Freshman starter Tyler Samson gave up three runs – two earned – over three innings. Andy Dodson (2 IP) and Joey Clemente (1 IP) both pitched scoreless ball in middle relief.
Augustana totaled 13 hits. Both teams left 10 runners on base.
Coming up – Cornell (8-4 Midwest Conference) will take aim at a South Division championship this weekend with a four-game set against Grinnell (16-14 overall, 9-3 MWC), which swept Knox Wednesday.
Cornell hosts the Pioneers Saturday in a noon doubleheader at Ash Park Field. The teams will meet for two more nine innings games Sunday in Grinnell.