The Cornerstone University baseball team played two games today against different opponents in Auburndale, Fla. An early morning game against Point Park, ranked 19th in the national NAIA poll, didn't faze the Golden Eagles as they came away with a 10-6 win.
Cornerstone's offense broke out in a big way scoring ten runs on ten hits. Sophomore Zack Meyer led the offense going 3-4 with a run and an RBI. Sophomore Travis Gordon was 2-2 with a run and three RBI. Redshirt Sophomore Nick Covello drove in two runs with a double.
Sophomore pitcher Ryan Harris (1-1) earned his first win of the year with a gutsy outing, pitching five innings giving up three earned runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts. Freshman Ben Sheckler came on in relief for his first career appearance striking out four in two innings of work.
Cornerstone played the second game of the day in the afternoon against Evangel University. Taylor Cooper got the start for the Golden Eagles and was the hard-luck loser after an excellent outing. Cornerstone fell to Evangel 4-1 in a game that lacked much offense as each team managed only three hits.
Cooper pitched into the fifth inning and gave up two earned runs on one hit and three walks with four strikeouts. Justin Geerts came on in relief and struck out four hitters in 1 2/3 innings.
Sophomore Hozana Arceri ripped an RBI double to drive in the lone run for Cornerstone. Gordon and Covello each added a hit in the losing effort.
After an off day tomorrow, Cornerstone will resume its games on Wednesday at 2:30 with a contest against Ashland University in Auburndale, Fla. After the split today, the Golden Eagles sit at 6-4 with four games remaining on the spring trip.