The Cornerstone University Golden Eagles baseball team started its season today by splitting a doubleheader in Memphis, Tenn. against Victory University. The Cornerstone pitchers struggled mightily with command in both games and worked hard to limit the damage caused by an inordinate number of walks.
Victory University beat the Golden Eagles 6-1 in the first game of the day. Sophomore Ryan Harris (0-1) started on the mound in game one for the Golden Eagles and allowed three runs, all earned, in three innings of work. He walked eight and struck out three while being saddled with the loss. Sophomore Brandon Willard came on in relief and pitched well allowing one earned run in three innings while walking three and striking out one. Cornerstone pitchers allowed just three hits in the loss.
The Cornerstone offense was limited throughout most of game one. The Golden Eagle hitters worked deep into many counts drawing eight walks. Unfortunately, Cornerstone was held to just one hit. Junior transfer shortstop Sonny Mastromatteo doubled and walked to lead the offense. Sophomore outfielder Travis Gordon walked all three trips to the plate and scored the lone Golden Eagle run.
Cornerstone turned the tables on Victory in game two winning 13-8. Sophomore Justin Geerts (1-0) earned the win in his first career start for Cornerstone pitching four innings in which he allowed four earned runs on four hits and six walks. Sophomore Taylor Cooper was effective in relief pitching the last three innings for Cornerstone.
The Golden Eagle offense erupted for 15 hits in game two generating 13 runs. Sophomore Nick Covello led the offense by reaching base five times and scoring four runs. Mastromatteo had another good game with three hits and two RBI. Freshman Jordan McCartney, Sophomore Zach Bohl, and senior Zach Harbison each added two hits in game two.
Cornerstone (1-1) and Victory (1-5) will resume with a doubleheader Saturday at noon at Gagliano Field in Memphis.