TUCSON, Ariz. – Marian University baseball (2-4, 0-0 NACC) managed to tie the game after trailing by as much as seven runs but ultimately fell to Cornell by an 11-10 final.
The Rams opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning but junior Jake Falish was able to come around to score in the top of the third and then drove in sophomore Nick Bastien and fellow junior Travis Slywka with a triple in the fourth to give Marian a 3-2 advantage.
Cornell then put up a crooked number in the bottom half of the fourth scoring eight runs to go ahead 10-3 but the Sabres were able to chip away at the lead and eventually tie the game. An error allowed freshman Josh Gates to score before fellow freshman Anthony Sottile drove in Slywka for a pair of runs in the fifth. Then Gates drove in senior Michael Pappas with a single before a double from junior Cole Clark brought in sophomore Tim Dziergas to cut the deficit down to three in the sixth inning.
The Sabres then tied the game in the seventh inning after Falish brought in Sottile and Pappas hammered a ball into left field that easily cleared the fence.
The game remained tied before the Rams were able to score a run in the bottom of the eighth, which proved to be the game-winner.
Sophomore Steve McGowan (0-1) had a strong appearance out of the bullpen despite taking the loss going 4.1 innings with five punch outs.
Offensively, Falish, Pappas and Sottile all had multi-hit games with Falish driving in three runs and Pappas driving in a pair off of his home run. Falish and Pappas each scored twice as well along with Slywka.
Marian takes on Greenville tomorrow, Wednesday, Mach 14, at 2:30 p.m. (CDT).