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While Cruz’s home run was his only hit on the day, he actually drove in the Big Red’s lone run in regulation play with a sacrifice fly. Cruz’s at-bat to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning was also ominous, especially when he cranked a foul ball well clear of the right-field fence – just 25 feet to the wrong side of the foul pole. He proceded to foul off the next four offerings before going down swinging. But he wasn’t far off, and he made up the difference in his next at-bat to send Cornell to a league crown for the first time in its three appearances in the Ivy Championship Series.
With the win, Cornell (31-15-1) advances to the NCAA tournament for just the second time in program history. The Big Red will join three other teams in a double-elimination regional tournament June 1-4 at a site to be determined.