(Clermont, Fla.) The Golden Eagles faced University of Saint Francis (Ill.) in their first game today and they got off to a good start. Haley Castillo got on base with a bunt single. Heidi Walburg followed with a single to center field and moved Castillo to second base. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Megan Oberst drew a walk to load the bases. Emily Bode singled to left field to bring Castillo and Walburg home to make it 2-0 Cornerstone. Oberst and Bode advanced on a wild pitch. Alexsandra Szajna came up with two outs and hit a single to right field to bring in both Oberst and Bode to put the Golden Eagles up 4-0 after one inning. The Golden Eagles scored again in the bottom of the fourth inning. Haley Castillo got a two out bunt single and Heidi Walburg hit a double to right field to plate Castillo to put Cornerstone up 5-0. St. Francis got one back in the top of the fifth inning to make it 5-1 and then made it interesting in the top of the seventh inning with a two out 3-run homer but Heidi Walburg struck out the next batter to seal the victory for Cornerstone. Walburg improved to 3-0 on the season.
The Golden Eagles faced Bellevue University for the second time in Florida in their second game of the day. Cornerstone exploded with nine runs in the second inning and went on to defeat the Bruins 9-1 in today's game. They defeated Bellevue 1-0 in their first meeting. Megan Oberst led off the second inning with a double to left field. Emily Bode drew a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd base. Lauren Pasciak advanced the runners on a fielder's choice for the first out. Alexsandra Szajna singled to knock in Oberst and then advanced to 2nd on error while Bode moved to 3rd. Rachel Nelson grounded out and Bode scored. Abby MacArthur knocked in Szajna with a single to right field to make it 3-0. Jenna Weightman followed with an RBI triple to knock in MacArthur. Haley Castillo reached on an error and Heidi Walburg drew a walk to load the bases. Megan Oberst came up for the second time in the inning an reached on a error which scored Weightman. Emily Bode drew a walk to bring home Castillo to make it 6-0. Lauren Pasciak followed with a 3-RBI double to left field to clear the bases to give Cornerstone an 9-0 lead. Rachel Nelson threw a 2-hitter from the circle improving to 1-1 on the season. The Golden Eagles improve to 4-2 on the season.
Cornerstone will return to action on Wednesday, March 5th when they take on Point Park (Pa.) at 3:00 p.m. and Grace College at 5:00 p.m.