MOUNT VERNON – It was a tough day on the diamond for Cornell's baseball team, which fell 15-0 and 14-1 to Grinnell in Sunday's Midwest Conference South Division doubleheader at Ash Park Field.
Cornell dropped three of four games in the weekend series, moving its season record to 8-16 overall, 3-5 in the MWC. Defending South Division champion Grinnell improved to 11-15, 6-6.
Grinnell's pitching staff stymied a Ram offense that entered the week ranked fifth in Division III in batting average (.348). Cornell was shut out in the opener for the first time this season. The Rams mustered just eight hits on the day.
In Game 1, the Pioneers got a complete-game three-hitter from Jason Ormond and capitalized on eight Ram errors that led to nine unearned runs. Grinnell grabbed an 8-0 lead after two innings, and struck for seven more in the sixth.
Freshmen Max Freilinger, Jake Lehman and Kevin Stahmer each had one hit for the Rams. Freilinger recorded a double, his fourth of the spring.
In Game 2, the Pioneers opened up a 10-0 lead before Cornell snapped the scoreless spell with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Buddy Mattern plated Joe Gerace on a two-out double to left.
Grinnell left-hander Sam Tinkham carried a perfect game into the fifth. Wyatt Kurzejeski broke it up with a clean one-out single to center field.
Alex Schnebbe and Kody Karjala each had a single for the Rams, who were outhit 17-5 in the second game.
Coming up – Cornell plays host to Iowa Wesleyan (13-14) in a 5:30 p.m. nonconference doubleheader Monday, April 22, in Mount Vernon.