MOUNT VERNON – Cornell fell victim to a seventh-inning rally in Game 2 and dropped both ends of Monday's doubleheader to Iowa Wesleyan, 7-2 and 5-4, at Ash Park Field.
Cornell senior Zach Rogers had another big day at the plate, boosting his season average to .485 with a 4-for-7 effort that included four RBIs and a pair of runs. He became the seventh Ram to record 50 hits in a season on an RBI single that gave Cornell a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning of Game 2.
But Iowa Wesleyan (15-14) came back to win it in the top of the seventh, scoring the decisive runs on a one-out, two-RBI double. Cornell (8-18) went down in order in its last at-bat and endured its sixth one-run defeat of the spring.
Rogers jacked his fourth home run of the year – a two-run shot in the fourth – that pulled the Rams within 3-2. Buddy Mattern tied it at 3-3 on a bases-loaded grounder in the fifth before Rogers put Cornell ahead with his third RBI of the game.
Freshman Brandon Davis had a pair of hits and scored a run. Rogers (0-1) was dealt the loss, working two innings of relief.
In Game 1, the Tigers broke open a 3-1 score with three runs in the fifth. Iowa Wesleyan outhit the hosts, 11-7.
Rogers went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the first. Wyatt Kurzejeski knocked in Cornell's other run in the sixth. Joe Gerace had a double and scored a run.
Freshman Kevin Stahmer drew his first start on the mound. He allowed three runs and struck out two over four innings.
Coming – The Rams travel to play Augustana (23-6) Wednesday, April 24, in a game just added to the schedule. The nine-inning contest is at 7 p.m. in Rock Island, Ill.