After blowing a 5 to 0 lead and losing to Army Friday, 9 to 5, the varsity baseball team rebounded Saturday to whip Cornell, 10 to 3, and boost its Eastern league standing to two wins and three losses.
On the basis of the Friday showing, there was no reason for optimism about the Cornell contest, for the Big Red had taken two of its three Eastern league games, and boasted four of the top nine hitters in the circuit.
But Coach Stuffy McInnis' Crimson nine exploded for ten runs in the fifth, triumphing when the game was rained out at the start of the next inning.
Bob Kessler opened for the varsity at Ithaca Saturday, and held Cornell scoreless until the fourth, when a triple and a subsequent sacrifice helped account for three runs.
Crimson Goes Ahead
In that big fifth inning, however, the Crimson went ahead for the last time, with Ned Felton coming in to bat, and pitch, for Kessler, who now earns credit for both the nine's league wins. Felton's single, followed by an error which allowed Bill Chauncey to reach base started the spree.
Ray Maesaka was on with a double in the sixth, but the ever-present rain intensified, and the game was called.
Both pitching and hitting faded badly in the Army game, however. Ken Rossane opened for the Crimson, and blanked the Cadets through the sixth inning. In the seventh, though, he began to weaken and allowed a run on two hits and three successive force outs.
Three errors, combined with two hits, sent Rossano to the bench in the eighth, and Felton, Jim Fitzgibbons, and first baseman John Maher followed him to the mound with no better luck. Army batted around in both the eighth and ninth, scoring five runs on two hits in the last inning.