03/30/2014 – The softball team returned to action after a 16 day layoff to pick up a pair of victories over the Racers of Northwestern Ohio. The Saints are now 10-7 on the season and sport a 2-0 record in the WHAC, while Northwestern Ohio dropped to 0-2 in league play and to 10-8 overall.
The front half of the matinee doubleheader saw an early inning pitching dual between Aquinas' Rebecca Shineldecker and the Racers' Erica Gulik. Northwestern Ohio held a slim 2-1 lead going into the top half of the sixth before the Saints bats erupted for five runs. The rally started with a Lexi Popma home run and was quickly followed by a run producing single off the bat of Torie Lowe. The big blow came on a two out, bases clearing triple by Chelsea McWain. Leading 6-2, Shineldecker kept the Racers off the base pads en route to her fourth victory of the season. Rebecca allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out six in her complete game victory. The Saints added two insurance runs in the seventh on RBI's by Emily Corning and Jen Woolard to secure the 8-2 win.
The Saints offense started quickly in game two as Kala Foerster singled to center in the second to score McWain and Olivia Hrymak. Aquinas added two more runs in the fourth as Woolard singled to right to stretch the Saints advantage to 4-0. The four run lead was more than enough cushion for Saints starter, Caitlyn Hensel. The sophomore from Flint went the distance as she evened her season mark up at 3-3. Hensel allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out two in the win. Tori Lowe was credited with a seventh inning RBI as her sacrifice scored Mallory Warner to complete the 5-2 win.
Kala Foerster's concluded her Sunday afternoon by going 5-for-8 and scoring three and driving in two runs. Woolard and Sadie Stowell also keyed the offense as they both recorded three base hits on the day.
The Saints will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Livonia to battle Madonna (16-5, 2-0) in a key WHAC showdown.