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The Cornerstone University baseball team fell to Embry-Riddle University by a score of 3-2 tonight in Daytona Beach, Fla. Embry-Riddle began the season ranked third in the country in the NAIA poll and is coming off of a 50 win season.
Kyle Marburger started on the mound for Cornerstone and pitched valiantly in spite of the loss. He went six innings and gave up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Luke Heller pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit and no runs.
The loss moves the Cornerstone baseball team to 7-5 on the year. They will wrap up their Spring Break trip with two games tomorrow against Purdue North Central beginning at 10:00 AM.
(Geneva, Ohio) Cornerstone juniors, Brittany Green and Anita Souza came into the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship seeded second and third in the pentathlon. Both wasted no time demonstrating they belonged in those spots.
In the first of the five events, the 60 meter hurdles, Green blasted a personal best 8.93 good for 925 points. Souza was near her season best, clocking 8.79 for 954 points. Akela Jones of Oklahoma Baptist broke the meet record for the pentathlon 60 meter hurdles, running 8.43.
Green went from fourth to second in the standings in the second event. Her 5-6 clearance in the high jump was worth points 830 points. Souza stayed in fourth getting over 5-0.25 for 655 points. Jones broke her second record of the day clearing 6'.
Just as she did at the 2013 championships, Green won the shot put. Her 41-5 effort added 702 more points. Souza's 31-7.5 made things close between third and fifth.
Jones sealed the win with her 19-8.75 long jump. Green got the closest jumping 18-11.25 for 780 points. Souza had the fifth best jump, going 17' for 609 points.
With just the 800 meters remaining, Green needed only to run 3:00 to keep second while Souza could claim third if she finished with Lydia Pomerenke of Concordia Nebraska and Becky Collier of Westmont. Brittany finished a contented last place running 2:47.17 to save her legs for Friday's open long jump and Saturday's high jump competition. Souza stayed with her competition and pulled away in the final 100 meters to finish in 2:28.40.
Jones won with 4153 points. Green broke her school record of 3671 set earlier this season, scoring 3730 and improving one place from nationals last year. Souza's 3437 gave her a 36 point cushion over fourth earning All-America honors for the first time in the event.
In the relay semifinals, the Golden Eagles ran the second fastest 4 x 400 meter relay in school history. Lindsay Lipa, Lyndee Sayers, Tess Odegard and Larissa Hampton combined for 3:55.64 finishing fifth in their heat and eleventh out of 23 teams. The distance medley of Jill Louisignau, Kaitlyn Bronkema, Trinity Hulst and Julie Oosterhouse finished fourteenth of nineteen teams running 12:24.59.
The softball team was supposed to play Hannibal LaGrange and University of St. Francis (IL) today but the rain prevented those game from being played. Both game were cancelled so the Golden Eagles got a day off. They will return to action tomorrow when they take on Spring Arbor and St. Francis (IL) at 1:00 and 3:00.
(Geneva) The Cornerstone University men had one event on the opening day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships and they made the most of it breaking the school record and advancing to Saturday's final in the distance medley relay.
Needing to finish first or second in their heat or have one of the next four fastest times out of the two semi-final heats, Jared Holmberg got the Golden Eagles started with a 3:09 split for 1200 meters. William Russell's 49.0 for 400 meters kept CU just off the back of the pack. Senior Tyler Grey put in his best ever distance medley 800 meter split of 1:59 before passing to Louis Falland.
Falland got the baton ten seconds out of second place and went to work. Knowing the teams in the next heat would have the advantage of knowing what time would qualify for the final, Falland needed to get as close to second as possible. With just over five laps to make up the distance, Falland made gradual progress. "With 900 meters to go I thought, 'I can get this,'" he said. At 600 meters to go, Louis had passed everyone except the lead group. He bridged that gap with 400 meters to go and settled in before the final kick. In the last 200 meters, Lyle Pocha of Carroll College, Adam Godwin of Oklahoma Baptist and Falland prepared to settle who would get second. Louis got around Godwin on the final turn and used the homestretch to pull even with Pocha. At the line Pocha got the better lean giving Carroll second in 10:02.20. Fallands 29 second last 200 and 4:03 split for 1600 meters netted a 10:02.28 finish for third. After waiting out the next heat, the CU quartet advanced as the fastest time qualifier. They also took three seconds off the school record of 10:05.62 set by Jared Courtright, Ryan Verson, Zach Bourdon and Falland last season.
The Cornerstone University baseball team defeated Ashland University, an NCAA Division II opponent, in Auburndale, Fla. today by a score of 6-3.
Cornerstone starting pitcher Justin Geerts moved to 2-0 on the season with seven strong innings of work. He scattered nine hits and gave up two runs while striking out six. Jon Knapp finished the game for his first save of the year. The Golden Eagle defense was terrific turning two double plays and playing nine innings of error free baseball.
The Cornerstone offense took a commanding lead by plating five runs in the first three innings against Ashland. The offense was led by Travis Gordon, Davis Martin, and Austin Brunk who each had two hits on the day. Joel Boersen hit a double and scored two runs while Brunk drove in two runs.
Today's win puts Cornerstone at 7-4 on the season. They will head to Daytona tomorrow to take on nationally ranked Embry-Riddle in a 6:00 game.