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Saints Fall in WHAC Title Game

05/03/2013 – The women's softball teams tourney run ended with a pair of losses to Davenport in the WHAC Championship games. The Saints end the season with a record of 29-17, while the Panthers earn the automatic bid to nationals and close the regular season with a record of 35-12-1.

The Saints, who were undefeated in tournament play entering the day, only needed one win to secure a berth in the national tournament. The Panthers of Davenport were the only team that stood in the way of the Saints continuing their season.

The first game saw the Panthers methodically build a 4-0 advantage. Starting pitcher, Kyleigh Linebaugh, kept the Aquinas bats silenced over the first six innings. A late rally by the Saints pushed two runs across the plate in the seventh, but the rally ended on a line out by Lindsey Stewart. Rebecca Shineldecker suffered the defeat as she allowed four runs on eight hits in just over four innings of work. Caitlyn Hensel pitched well in relief; holding the Panthers to no runs on two hits. Emily Corning recorded two hits, while Olivia Hrymak and Irma Cruz both with credited with RBI's.

With the season hanging in the balance, Coach Laska started Carlie Giarmo to dual Sam Cole in the title match. Both pitchers cruised through the first three innings with hardly a blemish on their stat line. Aquinas put together a threat in the top half of the fourth, but Cole denied the Saints from scoring. The scoreboard saw some action in the bottom of the fourth as Davenport scored the games first run on a sacrifice fly by Karli Myers. The Panthers added an insurance run in the fifth and held on for the win and tournament title 2-0. Cole earned her 23rd victory of the season, while Giarmo finished her illustrious career with a 14-6 record on the season. Courtney Bishop paced the Saints offense with a pair of hits.

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