Calif.) The Cornerstone softball teamplayed
outside for the second time Friday afternoon looking to pick up their first win
of the season against the Cougars ofAzusa Pacific. After dropping
the first game 8-0 in five innings, the Golden Eagles took game two into extra
innings before falling by a score of 2-1.
In game one, CUtrailed 2-0
early on after giving up runs in the second and third innings. The
Cougars then pushed six players across home platein the fourth,
capitalizing on two Cornerstone miscueswhile alsoscattering four
hits. The Golden Eagles were retired in order until the fifth
inning when Mel Creager found a hole in left centerto record a hit and
breakup the potential perfect game. Unfortunately, it would be the
only hit of the game for CU.
Game two proved to be a breaking
point for the Golden Eagles as they rallied late to tally their first run of
the season and force extra innings. Azusa took the early lead in the
second inning on a solo home run down the left field line that appeared to
befoul from most angles but wasruledafair ball.
Cornerstone's solid defense kept them in the game as they once again struggled
at the plate in the opening innings. With two outs in the fifth, the
Golden Eagleswere able to spoilanotherperfect gamefor
the Cougarswhen Jessica Kuhlman doubled to left center. Dinah
Gruppen followed it up with a hard hit ball that Azusa's shortstop was unable
to handle, scoring Kuhlman in the process to tie the game 1-1. The next
Cougar threat came in the seventh inning when Azusa's first batter reached on a
walk, stolesecond andadvanced to third with no outs. The
Golden Eagles got out of the bind behind the solid pitching of Kaycee Kuiper,
who struck out two and put another ball on the ground for an easy out to force
extra innings. The International Tie Breaker Rule was put in place in the
eighth inning, allowing each team tostart a runner at second to begin
their half of theinning. The Cougars used abase hitand
two walks to score the game winning run, capturing the 2-1 victory.
Kuiper took the loss from the mound, giving up just two runs on eight hits
while striking out three. The Golden
Eagles fall to 0-4 on the season and will continue play on Friday as they
travel to Concordia Irvine for a pair of games. The first pitch is set
for 12:00pm PST.