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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Heidi Warmelink gave up consecutive singles to start the game and ended but she worked her way out of the jam stranding runners on second and third to keep the Crusaders off the board. She didn't allow another base runner until a leadoff double in the fourth inning but she stranded her as well with a ground out and two strikeouts to end the inning. The Golden Eagles got on the board in the top of the fourth. Warmelink hit a solo shot with one out to give CU a 1-0 lead. Megan Oberst followed with a single between short and third. Jenna Weightman hit a bloop single to left field to advance Oberst to second. Ashley Niedermayer hit a line shot off the right field fence to score Oberst to make it 2-0. Cornerstone failed to advance the runners and finished the inning up 2-0. Haley Castilo hit a bunt single with one out in the fifth, stole second, and later scored on an error by the Crusaders to make it 3-0. Warmelink took care of the rest from the circle allowing just two hits and no runs for the 3-0 shutout.
The Madonna bats came alive in game 2. The Crusaders scored one in the top of the second inning and led 1-0 after two innings. They put up three more runs in the third on two hits and an error. Cornerstone responded with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Lauren Pasciak singled and scored on a two run shot by Warmelink to make it 4-2. Megan Oberst followed Warmelink with a solo shot to make it 4-3. The Crusaders put the game out of reach in the fourth inning scoring seven runs on six hits and two errors to make it 11-3. The added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 13-3. Cornerstone got a couple back on Heidi Warmelink's two run shot (her third homer of the day) but the Golden Eagles failed to score any more and the game was ended after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Cornerstone will return to action tomorrow when the host UM-Dearborn at 1:00 p.m.