The Prairie Fire baseball team split a conference doubleheader with Cornell on Saturday.
Jason Clark singled in a run in the bottom of the first inning to put Knox on the board early. Knox scored three more runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Andrew Garrett, Evan Laws, and Clark.
The Rams scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Knox responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Cornell scored two more runs in the seventh to tie the game, but a grand slam by Laws put Knox back on top in the bottom half. The Rams scored two in the ninth, but SaverioScumaci came on to earn the save and give Knox the 9-7 win.
In game two, the first seven innings were a pitching duel between Knox's Brandon Ward and Cornell's Patrick Montagna. The Rams pushed across two runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and then scored four more in the ninth to seal an 8-2 victory.
Laws finished the day with four hits and six runs batted in. Clark added three hits, including a home-run, and three runs batted in.
"We played well for 17 innings today, the most complete doubleheader we have played since Florida," said associate head coach James Clark. "We still need to work on being more consistent, but we have definitely made some strides. We will get back to work as we have a busy week ahead."
Knox will travel to Cornell on April 17 to finish the three game series.