05/06/2012 – The Aquinas softball team took 2nd place after a tremendous showing at the WHAC conference tournament. The Saints ended their season with 30 wins overall, winning 4 of 6 games in Battle Creek.
The Saints defeated Cornerstone in the tournament opener 8-7. The offensive battle was eventually ended by a Golden Eagle throwing error, allowing Lindsey Stewart to score the winning run. Carlie Giarmo shut the door on Cornerstone in the seventh, gaining her 13th win on the season.
Next, Aquinas took on the number two seed, Madonna University. Ashley White took on Angela Pavilanis in this pitcher's duel. White only gave up three hits and struck out six Crusaders in this outing. Madonna prevailed over the Saints however with a 2-1 victory.
Thunder and lightning delayed the Thursday evening games until Friday morning. The late night made for a long day for the Saints. Aquinas, now in the losers bracket, would go on to play four games on Friday in pursuit of a WHAC conference tournament championship.
First up was Indiana Tech. Tech put up two runs early in the game, but the Saints came back with a vengeance. Torie Lowe's fifth inning homer tied the game up 2-2 and a Renae Tubergen sixth inning round tripper put the Saints ahead 3-2 for the win.
The Saints then went back up against hometown rival Cornerstone University. Aquinas once again came out on top. The Saints beat the Golden Eagles 7-5. The win was aided by a three-run home run from senior, Sam Klinkner, in the fifth inning and a solo home run from Whitney Stratton in the seventh inning.
This led Aquinas to another Grand Rapids rivalry game. The Saints took on Davenport University in the loser's bracket final. The score was stalled at 1-1 through six innings. A seventh inning walk-off home run by Whitney Stratton sent the Panthers home.
The last game of the day once again put Aquinas up against Madonna University. The Crusaders went ahead 2-0 and kept the lead until the fifth inning. Renae Tubergen hit a double scoring two runs to tie up the game. Madonna came back in the sixth inning, putting up two more runs. The Saints fought until the last out, but just could not make up the two run deficit. Madonna defeated the Saints 4-2.
Aquinas' coaching staff and administration are very proud of the young women of the softball team. The girls played with heart and ended the season with no regrets. The seniors will be missed, but many are excited to see what is in Aquinas' future.