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During the fourth day of the RussMatt Invitational, the Cornerstone University Baseball team split its pair of games this afternoon. The Golden Eagles notched their second win of the 2013 season while improving their overall record to 2-8.
Their first contest, Cornerstone faced opponent Clarke University and took a 2-0 victory behind an outstanding pitching performance by freshman right handed pitcher, Ryan Harris. The Golden Eagles staked themselves the 2-0 lead in the game's sixth inning. With one out, center fielder Adam Brooks was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Davis Martin. Brooks scored the game's first run after a clutch double by first baseman Zach Bohl. Cornerstone built a 2-0 lead, when pinch runner Adam Homan was brought in after Clarke's short stop recorded an error off a single by designated hitter Zach Harbison. The score remained the same throughout the rest of the contest. Clarke had a chance to get on the scoreboard with the bases loaded in the seventh but Brandon Willard came in to relieve and got the final out.
Golden Eagles starter Ryan Harris advances to 2-0 on the year. The right-hander struck out four and allowed eight hits but no runs during 6 2/3 innings of the contest. Throughout the course of the contest, Cornerstone committed only one error while four Golden Eagles led the offense with one hit in two at bats.
The second game was a different outcome for the Golden Eagles as they took on number five nationally ranked, Point Park University. Point Park overwhelmed the Cornerstone pitchers with great hitting taking a 16-0 victory. The Pioneers connected on 16 hits while scoring on all of them. The Golden Eagles struggled defensively as they committed three errors on the game compared to the Pioneer's zero errors. Cornerstone's only hit came from designated hitter, Johnny Rodriguez, on a double in the sixth inning.
Cornerstone's starter Jon Knapp pitched four innings while Kyle Marburger (2/3) and Mark Fila (1 1/3) helped on the mound. The lefty, Knaap, allowed 11 hits, struck out one, and gave up nine runs after recording the loss.
Concluding the day, Cornerstone is now 2-8 overall and will face two non-conference opponents tomorrow for a double-header during the RussMatt Invitational on Friday. The Golden Eagles will take on Calumet College of St. Joseph starting at noon with Clarke University to follow.