Cornerstone University News

CU Baseball Plays First Game on New Field

For the first time in 14 years a Cornerstone University varsity baseball team will play on campus – on its new field during Family Weekend Oct. 5 and 6.

It’s been a lot of foundation building over the last year, and to be able to be out on the field and actually teaching and helping players be better has certainly been a longing for all of us,” said Head Baseball Coach, David Mitroff.

CU’s opponents tonight from Taylor University earned the 25th spot in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Post-Season Top 25 Poll this past spring.

When I was hired, I committed to the trustees and to the leadership that this team was going to compete not just regionally, but nationally,” said Mitroff, who has been recruiting across the country all year.  “As a result of that commitment to leadership, one of our core values is to play the best competition whenever possible.”

Though tonight will be CU’s first NAIA contest, the team scrimmaged Team Ontario, a premiere developmental club, Sept. 28.  In the Golden Eagles 8-3 victory, CU accumulated 20 hits over eight innings.  Further, the team went the entire game without an error on defense, a fact Mitroff described as unbelievable considering how many substitutions he made.

I am confident that we are going to be competitive,” said Mitroff.  ”Our goal is to not only make the conference playoffs, but to compete for a championship.”

Besides excitement to start competing, Mitroff expressed hope that, despite the potentially cold weather, the Cornerstone University community would receive the baseball team right away.

I’d hope we’d have the support of the entire student body as much as possible,” he said.  ”I think it’d be nice if there were four or five hundred people that attend.”

Jonathan Knapp, a sophomore transfer from Olivet Nazarene University, is slated to start tonight’s regular season opener for CU. The baseball program has two other games scheduled this fall. On Saturday the Golden Eagles will play at 2 p.m. against Kalamazoo College and at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 12 against Spring Arbor University.  Both games will be played on CU’s new synthetic turf field.

For more information about the baseball schedule and players, visit www.CUGoldenEagles.com.