MOUNT VERNON – Run production hasn't been a problem for Cornell's baseball team. And it certainly wasn't Wednesday night, even against a Loras pitching staff that entered with a paltry 1.53 earned run average.
A young Ram lineup recorded 13 hits, capitalized on 12 walks and put up crooked numbers in the first (4), fourth (4) and sixth (8) innings en route to a 17-6 nonconference win at Ash Park Field. It marked the highest run total of the season for Cornell (3-9), which snapped a five-game losing skid and ended a 10-game series drought against the Duhawks.
The Rams have now tallied 28 runs over the last 11 innings at bat, which included a 12-11 setback Tuesday to Central. Cornell averages 7.3 runs per game, tops in the Midwest Conference.
Cornell's No. 5-7 hitters – all freshmen – combined to go 7-of-11 with nine RBIs and seven runs. Travis Martinez continued his hot streak with a 3-for-5 effort and three RBIs from the No. 7 hole. He has seven RBIs over the last two games.
No. 6 hitter Max Freilinger was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a pair of runs. Wyatt Kurzejeski, in the No. 5 slot, finished with two hits, two RBIs and four runs.
Martinez singled home a run in the first as Cornell jumped ahead 4-0. Loras (8-4) came back with six runs in the third. The Rams cut the deficit to 6-5 on a Kody Karjala RBI in the bottom of the third.
The Rams regained the lead with four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Freilinger's three-run double to center field. Cornell capped the outburst with eight more tallies in the sixth. Martinez had a pair of singles and two RBIs in the final frame.
Joe Gerace and Zach Rogers both reached base for the 12th consecutive game. Freshman Buddy Mattern went 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Chuck Rocker (1-2) notched his first collegiate pitching win in relief. The freshman right-hander fired three scoreless innings of two-hit ball with one strikeout and a walk. Tyler Thorne closed it out with a scoreless seventh.
Coming up – Cornell continues a four-game homestand Saturday with a 12 p.m. nonconference doubleheader against Robert Morris-Springfield. The Eagles took three of four games from Cornell last year in Springfield, Ill.