After a strong five-inning win on Friday against Concordia University, the Cornerstone baseball team looked to repeat on Saturday afternoon. With three games scheduled between the two teams for Saturday, only a nine-inning game was played during the cold afternoon due to inclement weather.
The Cardinals of Concordia University had the bats going early at DeWitt Field and took a 10-4 victory from the Golden Eagles. Concordia overwhelmed Cornerstone's starting pitcher, Ryan Harris, with an early 9-0 lead in the first two innings. Golden Eagles' pitcher Jon Knapp came in to relieve Harris in the second inning.
Cornerstone looked to be mounting a comeback during the third inning of play. With one out and Travis Gordon on second base, Zach Harbison tripled to center field bringing in Gordon and Cornerstone's first run of the game. Harbison and second baseman, Nick Covello, scored for the Golden Eagles on three Concordia errors to make the score, 9-3.
The Golden Eagles threatened again in the fourth when Tom Enslen advanced to third after a double to right center and a David Mitroff ground out. Short stop Jake Kuhn brought in Enslen after grounding out to the second baseman, making the score 9-4. However, Cornerstone could not threaten the remainder of the inning leaving one man on base.
Cornerstone's Knapp continued his strong play on the mound giving up only one unearned run in the ninth inning but the Golden Eagles were unable to threaten leaving the final, 10-4, in favor of the visiting team.
Golden Eagles starter Ryan Harris takes the loss and drops to 3-4 on the year. The right-hander allowed nine runs on eight hits during 1 & 2/3 innings of the contests. Reliever, Jon Knapp, went 7 & 2/3 innings allowing only three hits, one unearned run, walking two and striking out four Cardinals.
Enslen and Harbison led the Golden Eagles offensively. Enslen, the right-fielder went 2-for-4 and scored a run while Harbison recorded an RBI going 3-for-5 also scoring a run. Throughout the course of the contest, Cornerstone committed six errors compared to Concordia's five.
Concluding the day, Cornerstone is now 12-22 overall and 7-12 during league play and will welcome Davenport University on Monday for a seven-inning contest with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.