MOUNT VERNON – Junior Jackie Sernek notched her fourth complete-game shutout as Cornell cruised past Iowa Wesleyan, 8-0 in five innings, in Game 1 of Saturday's nonconference doubleheader at Mount Vernon Softball Complex.
Cornell's Rebekah Ozga recorded her 100th career hit in the second game, but the visiting Tigers prevailed 4-0 to salvage a split.
The Rams moved to 14-10 on the season. Iowa Wesleyan improved to 16-13.
Sernek (7-2) tied the school record for most shutouts in a season, surrendering only three singles in a quick one-hour, two-minute contest that ended via the eight-run mercy rule. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the top of the first and went on to retire 12 of the final 13 batters she faced. Sernek struck out three and walked one.
Brittani Yost celebrated Senior Day with a 2-for-3, 3-RBI effort in the opener. She delivered a two-run single in the second that put the Rams ahead 3-0. Kelsey Boss also had an RBI hit in the inning.
Yost added an RBI double in Cornell's decisive five-run fourth frame. Britt Schoon doubled in two more, and sophomore Kari Martin capped the outburst with a two-out, two-run homer to left that made it 8-0. It was the third home run of the season for Martin, who also doubled in the game.
In the nightcap, Ozga registered her 100th hit in her 100th career game. The junior second baseman became the 11th Ram to reach the benchmark with a sharp single to right in the bottom of the fifth. Ozga tagged a double to right-center field in the seventh for hit No. 101.
The Rams managed just four hits in the game. Two of them came in the second inning – a double by Schoon and a single by Martin – but Cornell was unable to capitalize. The Rams also stranded a runner in scoring position in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
Junior Amanda Engel (6-8) went the distance in the circle. She allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out two. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead after three innings, scoring all three runs with two outs.
Coming up – The Rams continue a six-game homestretch Monday, April 22, with a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader against Dubuque (11-14). Cornell plays host to 13th-ranked Coe (26-3) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
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