The Cornerstone University baseball team arrived in central Florida this morning to begin a week of games against multiple opponents over Spring Break. Today, the Golden Eagles split a doubleheader against Grace University (Neb.).
In game one, Grace got on the board early by plating two runs in the second inning off of Cornerstone starting pitcher Kyle Marburger. Marburger settled in and pitched well but the Golden Eagles were shutout managing just three hits in the game.
Marburger (1-1) took the loss despite pitching pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up one earned run. He scattered six hits, walked three, and struck out two on the day. Taylor Cooper pitched the last 1 1/3 innings for Cornerstone.
Lead-off man Dillon Reust led the Golden Eagle offense with two hits. Right fielder Travis Gordon had the other hit for Cornerstone.
Cornerstone was able to respond with a win in the second game 3-2. Brandon Willard (1-0) earned the win by pitching a complete game in his first start of the season. Willard gave up one earned run on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
The Cornerstone offense, aided by six Grace errors, did just enough to squeak by. Tommy Enslen led the charge with two hits, a run, and an RBI. Dillon Reust was on base four times and also added a run and an RBI. Zack Meyer added an RBI in his first plate appearance of the season.
The split puts Cornerstone at 4-2 on the young season and puts Grace at 5-4. Cornerstone will head to Auburndale, Fla. tomorrow morning to play a doubleheader against Benedictine University at Springfield at 11:45.