WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Cornell's baseball team went the distance – and then some – against NCAA Division I Bradley University, dropping a 5-4 donnybrook in 12 innings Wednesday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park.
The Rams (2-5) grabbed an early 4-0 lead after two innings and took a 4-3 advantage into the eighth. The Braves, a 29-win squad a year ago, scratched for the tying run in the eighth and won it with two outs in the bottom of the 12th.
Robert Primrose (SO/Adel, Iowa) gave the Rams 3.2 strong innings in relief, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out five. Bradley (5-9) took advantage of a leadoff walk in the 12th. The Braves sacrificed the runner to second, and one out later delivered the winning hit to spoil a strong effort by the Rams.
Bradley, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, was held in check offensively against Cornell starter Zachary Greenwald (SO/Dubuque, Iowa). The sophomore right-hander yielded seven hits and three runs – only one earned – before leaving with the lead in the seventh.
Cornell set the tone in its first at-bat, getting an RBI single from Lucas Larson (SO/Palo, Iowa) and a run-scoring groundout by John Tesensky (SR/Watertown, Wis.) to build a 2-0 lead. Larson singled home two more runs in the second to stretch the margin to 4-0.
Four of Cornell's eight hits came in the first two innings. Although the Rams had their chances later in the game and wound up leaving 14 total runners on base. Cornell stranded a runner on second in the ninth, and left a man on third in the 11th.
Larson paced Cornell's lineup, going 3-for-6 with three RBIs. Eric Daubach (SR/Omaha, Neb.) had a hit and scored two times.
Bradley finished with 10 hits, none for extra bases. The Braves stranded 13 runners.
Coming up – Cornell concludes its Florida trip Thursday with a single game at 12 p.m. (Iowa time) against Rochester Institute of Technology.