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The Cornerstone University baseball team got swept in a doubleheader again today falling in both games by one run to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) foe Madonna University.
The Golden Eagles were down three early, but roared back to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning. They held that lead until the eighth inning when Madonna pushed across one run to tie the score. In the bottom of the ninth, the clean-up hitter for Madonna drove a pitch over the opposite field fence to win the game 5-4.
Cullen Montgomery, the starting pitcher in game one for Cornerstone, was excellent on the mound. He pitched seven innings in which he scattered eight hits giving up three runs, two earned, with three walks and ten strikeouts.
Brandon Willard came on in relief in the eighth inning and pitched the last two innings. He gave up a walk-off solo homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning and was credited with the loss. He is now 2-3 on the year.
In game two, Cornerstone got on the board early scoring five runs in the first inning. The lead would not hold up, though, as Madonna fought back, scoring in each of the first four innings. Madonna took a 6-5 lead in the fourth before Cornerstone tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth. Madonna took a one run lead in the bottom of the sixth and was able to hold on to win 7-6 after stranding a Cornerstone base runner in scoring position.
Jon Knapp started on the mound for the Golden Eagles and had a difficult outing. He labored through3.1 innings in which he gave up six runs, all earned, on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Kyle Marburger came on in relief and pitched very well. He pitched the last 2.2 innings giving up one unearned run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. He was credited with a hard-luck loss.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles were led by Tommy Enslen and Davis Martin, who each drove in two runs. Zach Harbison had two hits including an opposite field double and Zach Bohl had a hit and a stolen base in the losing effort.
The Cornerstone baseball team is now 11-20 overall and 6-10 in the WHAC. They will play again on Wednesday when they host Davenport University for a doubleheader.