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CLERMONT, Fla. — Veteran head coach Jim Farrell and the 2015 Cornerstone softball team is set to get started in the regular season as they will play 13 games in eight days in Clermont, Fla. The annual spring break trip takes them to the NTC Training Center where they will play schools from Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Live stats will be provided for all games.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Cornerstone University Athletics and its Champions of Character program are excited to announce that two-time Olympian and former All-American Jennie Finch, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Champions of Character Pre-Season Kick-Off at the Hansen Athletic Center.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 10 Academic Team rankings for the 2013-14 school year were released on Monday and Cornerstone Softball was represented in the NAIA Division with a final GPA of 3.343. Only four WHAC schools appeared on the list led by Lourdes with a 3.564.
Softball player Heidi Walburg honored by the NAIA at the Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. Walburg played four seasons for the Golden Eagles and was a 2-time All-American. Walburg led the Golden Eagles to the NAIA Tournament last season.
Walburg's award honors Dr. LeRoy Walker, former NAIA President and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee and recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and future ambition.
Walburg is a three-time NAIA All-American on the softball field and a two-time Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete. She excelled both in the classroom and on the playing field for the Golden Eagles. She holds school records in home runs and RBIs, and was the Cornerstone (Mich.) offensive player of the year for four-straight seasons. Walburg was a humble team captain who loves, respects and cares for her teammates, and was willing to put in the hard work to be the best she could be, according to the NAIA release.
(Columbia, Ky.) The Golden Eagles had to turn around and play St. Xavier in an elimination game after defeating William Penn. The teams went scoreless over the first inning but the Cougars got on the board in the top of the third inning. The Cougars scored on an error and a couple of hits to take a 2-0 lead. Cornerstone got a couple of infield singles (Castillo and Pasciak) but stranded the runners in the bottom of the third inning. St. Xavier extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth. Cornerstone made an error and then got a couple of singles to score their first run. They scored the 2nd and 3rd runs on a wild pitch and a base loaded walk. The Golden Eagles went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Golden Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth but failed to get anyone home. The Cougars exploded for four more runs on three hits in the top of the sixth inning to make it 9-0 Megan Nonnemacher retired the side in order and the game ended after six innings with a St. Xavier 9-0 win. Cornerstone ends the season with a 26-18 record.