CEDAR RAPIDS – Cornell dug a hole too deep against the rival Coe Kohawks and fell 10-3 in Tuesday's nonconference baseball game at Daniels Park that was played virtually even after the first inning.
Cornell (7-13) outhit the home team, 13-12, but couldn't overcome a rocky start in which it gave up six first-inning runs and trailed 8-0 through three. The Rams had their chances to climb back, stranding 13 total runners on base and hitting into four double plays.
Senior Zach Rogers went 3-for-5 in chalking up his 13th multi-hit game of the season. He clobbered a solo homer to left that put the Rams on the board in the top of the fourth. It was Rogers' 16th extra-base hit in 20 games.
Ryan Nordtvedt and Travis Martinez also had three hits apiece, with each collecting a double. Beriah Quick added a pair of hits for a Ram offense that left eight runners in scoring position.
Freshman Max Freilinger cut the deficit to 8-2 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Joe Gerace, who doubled earlier in the game, drove in Cornell's final run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The Kohawks (16-7), tied atop the Iowa Conference standings, grabbed an early 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first behind a two-run homer and a three-run double. Coe took advantage of three walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches in the inning.
Cornell used seven pitchers in the nine-inning contest. Freshmen Mike DeRosa, Mike Law and Kenny Capesius all worked one scoreless inning in relief. The Rams played errorless ball in the field.
With the win, Coe gained an 8-5 lead in the inaugural Bremner Cup All-Sport Series between the schools. Men's tennis and softball are the only events remaining.
Coming up – Cornell is scheduled to host Iowa Wesleyan (13-12) in a 5 p.m. doubleheader Thursday at Ash Park. The Rams then play a four-game weekend series with Midwest Conference South Division foe Grinnell.