Rams draw St. Norbert in MWC Baseball Tourney
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Baseball - Mon, May 8, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell will get a chance to avenge a loss against the only Midwest Conference baseball opponent it hasn't beaten this season in the upcoming four-team MWC Tournament, hosted by Grinnell College.

Coach Seth Wing's Rams (18-18) open play against North Division champion St. Norbert (26-10) at 9 a.m. Friday at Woodland Park in Newton. All other tournament games over the two days will be held at Grinnell's Pioneer Park.  

Friday's other first-round contest matches South Division champion Grinnell (20-14) against North runner-up Beloit (17-17-1) at 9 a.m.

The first-round winners meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday, followed by an elimination game between first-round losers at 3:30 p.m.

Action resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday. The champion receives the MWC's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins with regional play May 18-22.

The Rams are back in the MWC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The last time the event was held in Grinnell (2015), Cornell won three elimination games before falling to Ripon in the decisive championship tilt.

Cornell finished second in the South standings with a 12-8 mark, after splitting four games with Grinnell over the weekend. The Rams swept the Pioneers Sunday by scores of 18-5 and 7-3.

The Rams won 14 of their final 20 games of the regular season. One of the losses came against St. Norbert, 5-2, in a neutral-site contest April 23 in Mauston, Wis. That same weekend, Cornell earned a 4-3 victory over tourney qualifier Beloit.

Cornell's batting lineup is No. 1 in the MWC in home runs (24) and total bases (499). The Ram pitching staff has recorded a league-best 224 strikeouts and ranks second in earned run average (4.45).

Walker Breard (JR/Washington, Iowa) heads the conference with 32 walks and is tied for the home run lead with seven. Ram pitchers Andy Dodson (SR/Lone Tree, Iowa) (5-2) and Tyrus Hartman (SR/Lanark, Ill.) (5-3) rank first and fourth in the MWC in strikeouts with 53 and 49, respectively.  

2017 MWC Baseball Tournament
Hosted by Grinnell College
May 12-13
(All games held at Grinnell except for Friday's Game 2)

Friday's games
Game 1, 9 a.m. – #1S Grinnell vs. #2N Beloit
Game 2, 9 a.m. – #1N St. Norbert vs. #2S Cornell (at Newton's Woodland Park)
Game 3, 12:30 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4, 3:30 p.m. – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Saturday's games
Game 5, 10 a.m. – Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6, 1 p.m. – Championship Game: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 3
Game 7, 4 p.m. – Second Championship Game (if necessary)