04/26/2012 – On the heels of Carlie Giarmo's third career no-hitter, the Aquinas Saints locked down the #3 seed in the upcoming WHAC Tournament. The Saints defeated Siena Heights 6-0 in the first game, while the night cap was deemed a tie at 3-3 after six innings due to poor field conditions. Aquinas improved to 26-20-1 overall and to 7-6-1 in league play, while the Saints from Siena fell to 26-25-1 on the season and to 5-8-1 in the WHAC.
After three scoreless innings, Aquinas struck first in game one with a Whitney Stratton home run to left center. The one run was all hurler Carlie Giarmo needed. The junior from Monroe silenced the Siena bats en route to her third career no-no. Giarmo struck out seven and ran her season record to 12-8. The Saints added three in the fifth and two more in the seventh to notch the shutout victory. Stratton provided much of the offense as she went 3-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored.
The back half of the doubleheader was the final conference game of the year for both teams. The game ended with no victor as the teams played six innings to a 3-3 draw. An official decision was made to call the game due to poor field conditions at the end of six. The duo of Sam Klinkner and Whitney Stratton ignited the Saints offense for three early runs. Siena Heights rallied to tie the score at three in the fourth, but the scoring ceased after that. Rebecca Shineldecker received no decision as she pitched six innings and allowed three runs on four hits.
The Saints will return to action for "Senior Day" at Fuller Park on Saturday when the Saints tangle with crosstown rival, Davenport (31-14-1), in a non-league doubleheader. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. at Fuller Park.