Thursday, May 05, 2005

Cornell Bats Silenced By LeMoyne

If you’re heading into the biggest games of your season, I would imagine the last thing you want is to have your team lose its momentum and confidence by being no-hit. That’s what happened to Cornell this week. They faced LeMoyne for a doubleheader on Tuesday. They played many of their starting positional players, yet LeMoyne starter Ryan Toth hurled a 7-inning complete game no-hitter against the Big Red.

The other game didn’t go very well either for the Red bats. They managed only 4 hits and one run against LeMoyne starter Mike Lewis.

Coach Ford seemed to acknowledge that the Red bats are a weak point right now:

"We need to be locked in to swing the bats and we did not execute… We need to find a way to score more runs… For the most part, out pitching did pretty well… We did well enough to put ourself in a position to win the game.”

I guess we shouldn’t read too much into those games, given that we didn’t play so hot against Northeastern. But then again, I’m not sure that getting a combined 4 hits in 14 innings is the best way to build confidence heading into a weekend series against a Crimson ballclub that you know is going to put up runs.

Cornell as a team is hitting .244, compared to the Crimson's lofty .296. The Crimson have 33 homeruns as a team, with a slugging percentage of .444. Cornell has less than a quarter of the homeruns (7), with a slugging percentage of .322. Cornell's team ERA rests at 4.87, right on par with the Crimson's 4.85. So, what I draw from all this is pretty much the obvious:

High scoring games this weekend favor the Crimson, while low scoring games and solid defense are what Cornell will need to stay competitive.

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