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(Azusa, 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.