After an exciting extra-inning win in game one against Aquinas, the Golden Eagles were unable to complete the WHAC double-header sweep on Wednesday afternoon. Cornerstone falls to 9-14 overall and 4-4 during league play.
Golden Eagles right-handers Cullen Montgomery and Justin Geerts each had strong performances, as Cornerstone used two runs in the 10th inning to push past the Aquinas Saints, 7-5, at Kimble Field, during game one of the conference double-header.
Montgomery started on the mound for the Golden Eagles. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. The junior struck out eight batters and walked only one. Geerts took over in the sixth inning and finished the first contest for Cornerstone. The freshman allowed three hits and two runs over the final 3 2/3 frames. He struck out two Saints and walked one. Geerts also picked up the win for the Golden Eagles and is now 1-0 on the season.
After the top of the seventh inning, Cornerstone found themselves leading 4-0 over the home team. However, Aquinas threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with three runs scoring. The Saints then tied the ball game at four apiece after the eighth but both teams were able to notch another run in the ninth inning. During extra innings, with one out and runners on first and second, first baseman Zach Bohl doubled to center field bringing in Tom Enslen and Davis Martin to put the Golden Eagles ahead, 7-5. The Saints were unable to threaten behind a solid pitching performance from Geerts allowing no hits as Cornerstone took game one.
During game one, center fielder Tyler Krahn went 3-for-5 while Zach Harbison, Nick Covello, Travis Gordon, Tom Enslen, Bohl, and Martin all tallied two hits. Covello and Bohl led the Golden Eagles by driving in two runs respectively. Cornerstone connected on 15 hits while Aquinas tallied eight hits.
In game two of the WHAC double-header, the Saints had their revenge on the Golden Eagles. After seven innings the final score was 5-2 in favor of the home team. After being held scoreless till the seventh inning, Cornerstone looked to be mounting a comeback. With the score 5-0, the Golden Eagles were able to bring in Enslen and Zach Harbison to make the score 5-2. Second baseman Nick Covello was given an RBI but with two left on base, Travis Gordon struck out swinging. The final score in favor of the Saints, 5-2.
The freshman Ryan Harris started on the mound for Cornerstone pitching five innings and receiving the loss (3-2). The right-hander gave up four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two Aquinas batters. Freshman Kyle Marburger came in to relieve Harris and to finish the contest while giving up only one run, striking out two and walking three batters.
Nick Covello led the way for the Golden Eagles going 3-for-4 with the lone RBI during game two of the double-header.
Cornerstone continues WHAC play this weekend with two double-header contests against the Lourdes University Gray Wolves in Sylvania, Ohio. The first double-header will begin on Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. while the second double-header is scheduled for Saturday at noon.