Vikings Baseball Sweeps Cornell in Double-Header


Lauren Pillion

Freshman Alec McGinnis reaches for a throw from home at the Viking’s doubleheader on Thursday, March 11, 2021, vs. Cornell at Brunner Field.

Sydney Krueger

The Viking baseball team is on a roll for their 2021 season, currently totaling a 7-0 record.
In their most recent double header against Cornell on March 11, the Vikings swept the Rams 8-0 and 7-3.
In the first game, the Vikings had eight runs off of 12 hits and one error. They held the Rams to no runs off of four hits and three errors.
During game one, senior pitcher Matt Hoban threw seven straight scoreless innings.
“I would say that we just have a really deep team this year. Younger guys have been stepping up and the senior leadership has been great,” Hoban said. “I think what stands out most to me is the energy we bring to every game. With last season getting cancelled, the guys are amped up and just happy to be on the field.
In game two, the Vikings had seven runs off of 14 hits and three errors, whereas the Rams had three runs off of nine hits and one error.
First-year Alex Simon was a stat leader against Cornell with 10 at bats, five hits, one run scored, and one RBI between the two games. In the second game alone, Simon had five at bats, three hits, and one run scored.
Like Hoban, Simon credits the team’s success to the high energy the team brings.
“Since the start of the season, we’ve been getting better playing together as a team. Yesterday everyone did their job and worked off each other’s energy,” Simon said. “Everyone on the team is bringing energy everyday and I think that’s a big reason why we have been so successful throughout these games.”
The Vikings will be taking on Cornell again at home on March 16 in hopes of keeping their undefeated record.

The Vikings won the first game 8-0 and the second 7-3. The Vikings are now 7-0 after the sweep vs. Cornell. Photo by Lauren Pillion.