CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cornell baseball has learned to win, increasing the program’s victory total each season under fourth-year head coach Seth Wing.
The Rams showed they can still have success, despite not being at their best.
In a game that was ugly at times, Cornell did enough, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 10-8 victory over rival Coe in a Bremner Cup contest last night at Memorial Stadium.
“We overcame our mistakes better,” Wing said. “Honestly, that is what got us the win.”
The Rams (17-9) had two on with two out in the eighth when Max Freilinger delivered in a way indicative of the entire game. After a wild pitch allowed Nate Streb to score and tie the game, 8-8, Freilinger followed with a shallow fly ball to right field. The ball tipped off the glove of the diving second baseman, driving in Beriah Quick with the winning run. Freilinger scored the final run on John Tesensky’s single.
“I thought I’m in an even better position now,” Freilinger said about the wild pitch. “Less pressure but I still have to put a good piece on it. It wasn’t good swing, but I got enough of it to put it in a good spot on the field.”
Even though Cornell relievers limited the Coe offense after a four-run second and a three-run eighth, the Rams won it at the plate. Eight starters had at least one hit. A high-powered offense has been a signature of Wing’s team, leading the Midwest Conference last season in batting average, slugging percentage and triples.
“Our offense is good enough to continually battle through nine innings,” Wing said. “When we play nine-inning games, we are in every game because we’re a hard 27 outs. We don’t give away any at-bats.
“We know that and why we never give up.”
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Cornell’s Buddy Mattern provided an early punch with an RBI single and RBI double in consecutive innings. The latter came with two outs.
“We do a lot of execution with two outs,” Mattern said. “That is really important.”
Mattern, Freilinger and Tesensky each had two hits and two RBIs. Streb and Quick sparked the Rams, scoring in the two-run third, four-run fifth and the decisive eighth.
Wing said he emphasizes resilience and finishing strong. The Rams did and displayed maturity, playing well enough to survive mistakes.
“They have shown signs,” Wing said. “It shows signs we still are young. If we can be consistent, we have a bright future ahead of us this year.”
Coe (11-20) jumped to a 4-0 lead, receiving a two-run double from Thomas Schaedel. In the eighth, Alec Zwanziger cleared the bases with a three-run double to left field that gave the Kohawks a brief 8-7 lead.
Coe’s Michael Redmond and Craig Konrardy each had two hits. Redmond scored twice.
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