05/03/2013 – The women's softball team stayed undefeated at the WHAC Tournament with wins over Cornerstone and Davenport to advance to today's championship game. The Saints improved to 29-15 and will play the winner of the Madonna/Davenport game at 3 p.m. today in Battle Creek.
A solid pitching performance by Rebecca Shineldecker in the first game of the day aided in the victory over #1 seed, Cornerstone. Shineldecker allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings to earn her tenth win of the season. The Saints offense was sparked by Torie Lowe, who went 3-4 with 1 RBI on the day. Renae Tubergan and Courtney Bishop both knocked out two hits to add in the Saints attack. The 6-2 victory over the Golden Eagles advanced the Saints into the next round.
The Saints and Panthers renewed their rivalry in the late contest on Thursday with both teams perfect in the tournament. Pitching and defense was the theme in this tilt. Both starting pitchers played extremely well with the Saints, Carlie Giarmo, getting the upper hand. Giarmo was credited with her 14th win of the season as she scattered six hits during the shutout. Aquinas' lone run came in the sixth inning when a run producing single by Torie Lowe to right center pushed Ashley Milheim across home plate. Lexi Popma notched a pair of hits to run her record hitting streak to 13 games.
Aquinas remains in the drivers seat entering the last day of competition at the WHAC Tournament. The Saints will look for a victory today to advance themselves to the NAIA National Tournament.