MOUNT VERNON – A light failure put an abrupt end to Tuesday's baseball game and foiled Cornell's comeback bid as Central was declared a 12-11 winner after an unusual outcome at Ash Park Field.
The scheduled nine-inning game was called after seven complete due to an outage in a bank of lights located near the visitors' dugout. The umpires stopped play because of safety concerns around 7:15 p.m., just as Cornell was taking the field to start the eighth.
The game is ruled an official game and will not be picked up at a later date.
It's been a string of tough luck for Coach Seth Wing's young club, which had its last contest March 25 suspended because of a time limit in the Metrodome with the Rams leading 6-1 in the fifth. Cornell (2-9) was dealt its sixth loss of the season by two runs or less.
The Rams charged back from a 10-2 deficit Tuesday and took the lead going into the seventh. Cornell got going with an eight-run fifth frame in which it tallied six hits and sent 12 batters to the plate. Freshman Travis Martinez triggered the rally with a three-run triple to deep center field. Zach Rogers added a two-run single as the Rams tied it at 10-10.
Martinez knocked in the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth, making it 11-10 in favor of the Rams. Central (8-5) escaped the first-and-third one-out jam with no further damage, and then answered in its next at-bat.
The Dutch tied it at 11-11 on a ground-ball out in the top of the seventh. Central scored what proved to be the winning run on a two-out throwing error. The Rams went down in order in their half of the seventh, and then play was halted.
Joe Gerace and Rogers each collected two hits and scored twice. Martinez finished with four RBIs from the No. 7 hole in the lineup. Senior catcher Ryan Nordtvedt, who had a two-run double in the third, joined Rogers with two RBIs apiece. Jake Lehman also doubled for the Rams, recording his sixth two-bagger of the season.
Central jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind a seven-run third inning. The Dutch finished with 13 hits against four Ram pitchers.
Coming up – Cornell is back home Wednesday to face Iowa Conference foe Loras for one nine-inning game at 6 p.m. The Duhawks (8-3) come in riding a five-game winning streak.
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