GRINNELL – The Rams broke out offensively with 27 total hits in an 11-2, 13-2 pasting of Midwest Conference foe Grinnell Tuesday on the road. Both games were stopped after five innings via the mercy rule.
The two South Division wins moved Cornell (13-9 overall, 6-5 MWC) back over the .500 mark in conference play. The Rams have just two MWC doubleheaders remaining – at Knox (3-8 MWC) on April 27, and at Illinois College (6-3 MWC) on April 28.
Sophomore Kari Martin went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Rams in the opener. She drove in two runs with her first triple of the season as Cornell went ahead 4-0 in the third. The Rams struck for four more runs in the fourth, and completed the rout with a three-run fifth frame.
Abby Haubold tallied three hits and scored twice. Britt Schoon had two hits, while Brittani Yost and Brianna Carney both drove in a pair of runs.
Pitchers Jackie Sernek and Caitlin Connelly combined on a two-hitter. Sernek (6-2) limited the Pioneers (0-21, 0-7 MWC) to just two singles and one run over four innings.
In Game 2, the Rams pounded 14 hits and capitalized on nine Grinnell errors. Cornell clubbed seven doubles in the contest, including three from Carney. The freshman third baseman finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.
Junior second baseman Rebekah Ozga went 2-for-4 in recording her 98th and 99th career hits. She had three RBIs and scored twice.
Martin, Yost and Rilee Vest chipped in two hits apiece. Vest doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Amanda Engel (6-7) notched the win in the circle. She allowed four hits, two runs and struck out three in three innings. Connelly came on to throw two hitless innings in relief.
Cornell struck for three runs in the top of the first, and then poured it on with seven more in the second. RBI doubles by Ozga and Carney made it 12-0 in the third.
Coming up – The Rams begin a six-game homestand Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Iowa Wesleyan (15-12). Cornell plays host to Dubuque (11-13) on Monday, April 22, and welcomes 15th-ranked Coe (25-3) on Tuesday, April 23.