Cornell clips Campbell in ninth 3-2

Alex Yarem (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Alex Yarem (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

RICHMOND, VA. – Cornell rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to top Campbell 3-2 Saturday in the Richmond Spider Invitational at Pitt Field.

Cornell (5-3) trailed Campbell (7-12) 2-0 heading into the eighth, and with two out and two on in the inning, Kaleb Lepper singled in Pierre Le Dorze for the Big Red's first run.

The Big Red picked up a leadoff base hit, then a one out double from Dale Wickham to tie the game at 2-2. An intentional walk and a hit by pitch loaded the bases for Cornell. With two out and the 3-2 count, Frankie Padulo walked, pushing across the winning win for the Big Red.

Scott Soltis (1-1) picked up the win, getting the final two outs in the top of the ninth. Cornell starter Justin Lewis allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk in seven innings.

Tyson Messer (3-1) was charged with the loss, his first of the season, allowing a run on a hit with two walks. Wyatt Tyson also allowed a run in relief, surrendering two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Campbell starter Alex Yarem pitched 7 1/3, allowing a run on three hits with a strikeout and two walks. The redshirt sophomore retired 10 in a row from the third until a leadoff walk in the seventh. He retired the Big Red in order in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth.

Campbell led 1-0 in the first, with Matthew Barefoot scoring after two Cornell errors in the inning. Cole Hallum added a second Campbell run in the sixth with a one out triple to right, scoring Jeff Hahs.

Barefoot, Hahs and Zach Minnick all went 1-for-4 for the Camels, while Hallum was 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch.

Wickman was 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run for the Big Red.

Campbell will close Spider Invitational play Sunday at 2 p.m., taking on the host Richmond.

Next up for the Camels will be a Tuesday, March 21 trip to North Carolina State. Campbell begins Big South play at Gardner-Webb on March 24.