04/23/2014 - Softball

(Grand Rapids, Mich.)  The Golden Eagles hosted Aquinas in a non-conference double-header today and they celebrated senior day to honor Heidi Walburg and Lauren Pasciak and both of them delivered in the first game as they won 6-4.  Pasciak went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI.  Walburg went 3 for 3 with a run and 2 RBI's.  Cornerstone opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning.  Jenna Weightman singled and stole 2nd base and then scored on a Heidi Walburg single to give Cornerstone a 1-0 lead.  Emily Bode hit a one out triple in the top of the second and scored when her sister (Rachel) grounded out.  Cornerstone scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Lauren Pasciak singled to center and advanced to third on a Heidi Walburg double.  Both runners scored on a Megan Oberst single to put the Golden Eagles 4-0.  Hailey Castillo hit a one out single and stole 2nd and scored on a Lauren Pasciak double to give Cornerstone a 5-0 lead.  The Saints picked up 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it 5-3 but the Golden Eagles picked up one of their own in the bottom half of the inning.   Lauren Pasciak hit a bunt single and scored on a Heidi Walburg double to make it 6-3.  Aquinas scored another run in the top of the seventh but Walburg retired the remainder of the batters to secure the win for Cornerstone. 

The Golden Eagles played as the visitors in the second game since it was a non-conference contest.  Cornerstone exploded for 6 runs powered by a solo shot by Rachel Bode and a Grand Slam by Megan Oberst.  Aquinas got one run in the bottom of the third inning to make it 6-1.  Cornerstone added another in the top of the fourth when Alyssa Ambu scored on a wild pitch.  Aquinas got right back in the game scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 8-5.  Cornerstone added 5 more runs in the top of the sixth inning.   Heidi Walburg singled and Megan Oberst knocked her in on a 2 run homer.  Ashley Niedermayer singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Rachel Bode drew and walk and then Niedermayer scored on a Alexsandra Szajna single to put Cornerstone up 11-5.  Bode scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-5 and Lauren Pasciak drew a bases loaded walk to finish off the scoring for the Golden Eagles.  Aquinas picked up 2 more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to end the game with Cornerstone picking up a 13-8 win.  Cornerstone improved to 19-13 on the year.

Cornerstone will travel to Ohio to play double headers with UNOH and Lourdes this weekend to finish off WHAC play.

 
 
04/22/2014 - Men's Basketball

Former Zeeland East standout Josh Groenhof recently signed his Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles in 2014.  The 6-6 center/forward was recruited by Cornerstone a year ago but decided not to play basketball this past season. 

Groenhof led his team to a couple of OK Conference titles during his junior and senior seasons at Zeeland East.  During his junior campaign, Groenhof averaged 12 PPG and 7 RPG while guiding the Chix to a 20-2 record.  The following year he led his team to an 18-4 mark.  Groenhof recorded a double-double that season averaging 16 PPG and 10 RPG. 

Groenhof was named to the OK Conference 1st Team after both his junior and senior campaigns.  He was also named Defensive MVP for his team for his efforts during the 2011-12 season.  His post-season accolades increased the following year when he earned Associated Press 1st Team All-State honors.  He was also named The Holland Sentinel Player of the Year as a senior and was a member of the BCAM All-State 1st Team. Groenhof was also selected as Offensive MVP for the Chix during the 2012-13 season.

A four-year varsity starter, Groenhof scored 906 career points while pulling down 628 career rebounds. He had a career-high of 33 points vs. Muskegon High School on January 25, 2013.  Groenhof grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on three different occasions during his senior season.

Coach Elders on Josh: "Josh is a talented player who has the ability to score in the low post and also knock shots from the perimeter. He is very good at passing out of the low post to open shooters on the perimeter. Josh  has a very good basketball IQ.  He is also a very rebounder and post defender.  We're excited to have him in our program."

Josh on why he chose Cornerstone:  "I chose Cornerstone because of the Christian atmosphere, how welcoming the team was, and the reputation of the coaches and basketball program Cornerstone has".

Groenhof is the son of Tom and Ruth Groenhof.

 
04/21/2014 - Softball

(Holland, Mich.)  The Golden Eagles travelled down to Holland to take on Division III Hope today in a non-conference game.  Cornerstone started well scoring a run in the top of the first inning.  Jenna Weightman led off with a double and Lauren Pasciak continued her hot hitting with a double up the middle to bring Weightman home.  Hope got four of their own in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-1 lead.  Hope added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-1.  The Golden Eagles responded with three of their own on five hits in the top of the sixth.  Lauren Pasciak doubled to lead off the inning.  Heidi Walburg followed her with a 2-run shot to left center.  Alexsandra Szajna singled and came home on a Rachel Bode double to make it 6-4.  Hope added a security run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-4.  Jenna Weightman led off the seventh with a solo shot but that would be all that the Golden Eagles would get and they finished with a 7-5 loss. 

Hope scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-0 lead in Game two.  Cornerstone responded with a couple of runs in the top of the second.  Alexsandra Szajna got a two out single.  Maggie Vosler followed her with a double to right field and then scored on a Hailey Castillo single to make it 4-2.  Hope scored three more in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-2.  They added another in the fourth to go up 8-1.  Each team scored one run in the fifth and that would be all the scoring as Hope defeated Cornerstone 9-3 in the game.

Cornerstone will host Aquinas at 3:30 on Wednesday.

 
04/21/2014 - Baseball

The Cornerstone University baseball team got swept today in a home doubleheader by Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) foe Lourdes University by scores of 6-2 and 6-4.

Game one starter Jon Knapp took the loss by allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. Justin Geerts pitched the last 4.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

 Sonny Mastromatteo led the Golden Eagle offense with a 2-4 day and an RBI. Travis Gordon had one hit and walked twice in the first game.

 In game two, Taylor Cooper started for Cornerstone and pitched admirably allowing 3 runs, one earned, in 4.2 innings of work. Brandon Willard took the loss in relief by allowing four runs, three earned, in two innings of work.

 Zach Bohl was 2-3 with a run and Tom Enslen went 1-2 with a run and an RBI in game two. Joel Boersen and Sonny Mastromatteo each drove in a run for the Golden Eagles in the loss.

 The two losses move the Cornerstone overall record to 14-22 and 3-16 in the WHAC. Cornerstone travels to Indiana Tech on Friday to begin a four game conference series.

 
04/19/2014 - Softball

(Fort Wayne, Ind.)  The Golden Eagles travelled down to Fort Wayne to take on Indiana Tech today.  Cornerstone got off the bus and got off to a great start.  Jenna Weightman led off with a single down the left field line and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Lauren Pasciak doubled to bring Weightman home and Heidi Walburg followed with another double to bring in Pasciak to give Cornerstone a 2-0 lead.  Cornerstone added another two in the third inning.  Lauren Pasciak hit another double with two outs.  Heidi Walburg hit a single to brink in Pasiak and she advanced to second on the throw to the plate.  Walburg then scored on an error to make it 4-0.  The Golden Eagles made it 8-0 with four runs in the top of the seventh inning.  Hailey Castillo got a two out bunt single.  Jenna Weightman reached on an error and Castillo advanced to third.  Lauren Pasciak singled to knock in Castillo to make it 5-0.  Heidi Walburg followed her with a 3-run shot to give Cornerstone an 8-0 cushion.  The Warriors loaded the bases with two outs and scored two runs with a double but Walburg got the next batted to ground out to secure the win for the Golden Eagles.  Walburg improved to 10-4 on the season with the win.

Cornerstone took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game two on a Megan Oberst solo homer.  The Warriors tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning on two hits and an error.  The Golden Eagles reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth inning.  Lauren Pasciak hit a one out double and scored on a Heidi Walburg single.  Megan Oberst singled to put runners on first and second.   Abby MacArthur pinch ran for Walburg.  Ashley Niedermayer singled to load the bases.  MacArthur then scored on an Alexsandra Szajna sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.  The Warriors responded in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer to make it 3-2.  Heidi Walburg came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning and allowed one hit but struck out two of the batters and got another to ground out to secure the win for the Golden Eagles.  Rachel Nelson improved to 6-5 on the season with the win.  Cornerstone improved to 17-11 overall and 9-5 in the WHAC with the sweep.

Cornerstone will return to action on Monday when they travel to Holland to play Hope at 4:00 p.m.

Oberst went 4 for 7 with 8 RBI's against the Saints
Josh is pictured with his parents (Tom and Ruth Groenhof)
Cornerstone University Athletics
Cornerstone University Athletics
Pasciak went 5 for 8 with 4 Runs and 2 RBI's for Cornerstone
 
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