Rams earn 3-2, 7-6 sweep over Scots
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Game 1
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Monmouth College
Cornell
Softball - Sat, Apr. 15, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The timing was right for Cornell's softball team Saturday afternoon as the Rams claimed a pivotal 3-2, 7-6 Midwest Conference sweep of Monmouth at Mount Vernon Softball Complex.

Tana Kemmer (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1, which saw Kendra Christensen (SR/Lakewood, Colo.) break Cornell's all-time home run record.

Christensen went deep again in the second game, as did Kat Edmond (FR/Skokie, Ill.) who jacked a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth that wound up the difference.

Cornell (17-7 overall) climbed into a second-place tie with Illinois College in the MWC race at 7-3, two games behind St. Norbert (9-1). Monmouth, the MWC runner-up last season, dropped to 13-12 overall, 6-4 in the MWC.

In Game 2, the Rams erased a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kemmer provided a base hit to tie it, and then on came pinch hitter Edmond. The Ram rookie tattooed a first-pitch fastball over the center-field fence for a two-run shot that put the home team ahead 7-5.

Edmond's thunderous blast came just moments before the teams were sent off the field for a 1-hour, 15-minute lightning delay. When play finally resumed, Monmouth got within 7-6 in the top of the seventh, but Ram starter Haley Harmon (SO/Becker, Minn.) (12-2) left the tying run stranded on base to finish her seventh complete game of the season, just as the rains came down again.  

Christensen's record-setting day included a solo homer early in Game 1 and a two-run blast in the third inning of Game 2. The senior boosted her career home run total to 22, passing Simone Wright (20 HRs from 2008-11) as the program's new standard setter.

Harmon did not allow an earned run in the second game, allowing four hits and fanning eight. The Rams accounted for 11 hits, including three singles by Stephanie Xavier (JR/Aurora, Colo.) and a pair of doubles from Melissa Griffin (SR/Oswego, Ill.).

Harmon also earned the Game 1 win with two scoreless innings of relief, working against 2016 MWC Pitcher of the Year Liz Hippen. Starter Jesse Applehans (SR/Highlands Ranch, Colo.) yielded two runs in seven solid innings for the Rams.  

The Rams got to Hippen with a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Stockert (SR/Colorado Springs, Colo.) singled up the middle and stole second to set the stage for Kemmer, who dropped a base hit that one-hopped in front of Monmouth's left fielder to score Stockert easily for the walk-off victory.

Cornell's Carley Robison (FR/Brighton, Colo.) played a big part in the outcome with her arm in left field. The freshman gunned down two Monmouth runners at the plate trying to score on base hits in the top of the sixth. Robison's two runs saved kept the game at 2-2.

Kemmer went 3-for-4 with a run for the Rams, who were outhit 10-8.

Coming up – Cornell hosts UW-Platteville Tuesday in a nonconference doubleheader at 4 p.m.

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Cornell College (16-7, 6-3 MWC)010010001380
Mount Vernon, Iowa MV Softball Complex
Monmouth CollegePitchingCornell College
-Winner Haley Harmon
Liz HippenLoser-
-Save-
Monmouth CollegeIndv. StatsCornell College
#3 Rebecca GallisDoubles #7 Melissa Griffin
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs #16 Kendra Christensen
Final - Game 21234567RHE
Monmouth College (13-12, 6-4 MWC)0200031641
Cornell College (17-7, 7-3 MWC)003013X7114
Mount Vernon, Iowa MV Softball Complex
Monmouth CollegePitchingCornell College
-Winner Haley Harmon
Zelinda TaylorLoser-
-Save-
Monmouth CollegeIndv. StatsCornell College
NoneDoubles #7 Melissa Griffin
NoneTriples None
NoneHome Runs 2 Players (#24,#16)