WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Cornell was involved in another tight late-inning baseball game Thursday afternoon, this time falling 12-6 to Rochester Institute of Technology at Chain of Lakes Park.
The Rams (2-6) rallied to tie it at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, but then surrendered six runs in the final two frames.
Both teams finished with 11 hits in the game. The difference was in the error column, where Cornell's six miscues led to six unearned runs. The Rams also issued eight walks, to RIT's none.
Trailing 6-2, Cornell charged back with a four-run seventh inning. Joe Orisek (SR/Yorkville, Ill.) provided an RBI double, followed by run-scoring singles from Eric Daubach (SR/Omaha, Neb.) and Walker Breard (JR/Washington, Iowa). Daubach scored the tying run on an RIT error.
RIT (3-4) pulled away with five runs in the top of the eighth, getting help from three walks and two Cornell errors.
Orisek led the Ram lineup, going 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. Breard added a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games.
The Rams used six pitchers, with starter Andy Dodson (SR/Lone Tree, Iowa) allowing two runs and striking out four in 2.2 innings.
Coming up – Cornell travels to Moline, Ill., March 22 to face No. 20 nationally-ranked Augustana, the 2016 CCIW Tournament champion. First pitch is 5:30 p.m.