MOLINE, Ill. – Cornell slugged it out with nationally-ranked Augustana in a 19-10 baseball loss that witnessed 32 hits between the teams Wednesday night at Swanson Stadium.
The Rams (8-19) had nine players contribute 13 total hits against the host Vikings (24-6), ranked 30th in the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III Poll. Cornell took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the third, when Augustana broke loose for nine runs. The rally included a three-run triple that was lost in the lights.
Cornell came back with five runs in the top of the fourth to trim the deficit to 12-10. Augustana plated three runs in its next at-bat and added four more in the sixth.
Senior Zach Rogers had another Zach Rogers night, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs and a double. It was his 17th multi-hit game of the season, and the 10th game in which he drove in at least two runs.
Joe Gerace, Ryan Nordtvedt and Brandon Davis collected two hits apiece for the Rams. Gerace and Davis both scored a pair of runs. Beriah Quick and Kevin Stahmer each had one hit and two RBIs.
Stahmer doubled home two runs in the first as Cornell took an early 4-0 lead. Rogers added an RBI double in the second that made it 5-2 Rams. Rogers and Quick both delivered two-run hits in the fourth frame.
The Rams used six pitchers in the nine-inning contest. Quick and Rogers both worked one scoreless inning in relief. Starter Chuck Rocker was charged for six earned runs over 2.1 innings.
Coming up – Cornell resumes Midwest Conference play Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at South Division foe Illinois College (11-13, 5-3 MWC). The teams meet again Saturday for two scheduled nine-inning games starting at 11 a.m. in Jacksonville, Ill.