03/28/2013 – After nearly a three week break from action, the women's softball team returned to the field against the Cougars of Spring Arbor. The Saints captured game one 17-6 and then were defeated by the host Cougars in the second game 6-4. The Saints are now 9-8 overall, while Spring Arbor's record now sits at 5-11 on the season.
The Aquinas offense spotted pitcher Carlie Giarmo a quick five run lead as the Saints turned five hits and an error into a 5-0 lead in the top of the second. The offensive fireworks continued in the fourth as the Saints collected seven more runs on eight hits to extend the lead to 12-0. The bottom half of the inning saw the Cougars slice the lead in half as three Aquinas errors coupled with three hits drew Spring Arbor within six runs. The Saints added five insurance runs in the seventh to secure the 17-6 victory. Torie Lowe led the attack with four hits including a pair of doubles. Sadie Stowell and Lindsey Stewart were both credited with three RBI's a piece. Carlie Giarmo was awarded the victory to run her record to 6-1 on the season.
The Saints scored early in the second game as Aquinas built a 3-1 lead after two innings. The Cougars stormed back to score four in the bottom of the third to take the two run advantage. The two teams traded runs in the fourth to conclude the scoring. Shineldecker and Patnaude kept the offenses at bay the rest of the way with the Cougars prevailing 6-4. Renae Tubergen paced the Saints with three hits, while Tori Lowe collected two RBI's. Rebecca Shineldecker took the defeat to fall to 1-6 overall.
The Saints will travel to Bourbanious, Illinois this weekend to play a pair of doubleheaders with Robert Morris and Olivet Nazarene.