(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Golden Eagles hosted Madonna but had to play at Davenport because their field is not yet playable. The Crusaders continued to play well at they improved to 8-0 in the WHAC with a 12-6 win in the opener and a 7-6 win in Game two over the Golden Eagles.
Madonna scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a 2-run shot by Erin Mayes. Heidi Walburg tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first with a 2-run shot of her own. Alexsandra Szajna gave Cornerstone a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a solo shot over the center field fence. It all went south in the top of the third inning as Madonna exploded for 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 errors to give Madonna 9-3 lead. Heidi Walburg hit another 2-run shot over the left field fence to bring Cornerstone back to 9-5 in the bottom of the third inning. Madonna responded with a 2-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to give the Crusaders an 11-5 advantage. Madonna added another in the top of the fifth inning to make it 12-5. Megan Oberst hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh but that would be all they would get as Madonna won game one 12-6. Rachel Nelson took the loss from the circle.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring in the second game of the double header in the bottom of the second inning. Emily Bode and Alyssa Ambu hit RBI singles to give Cornerstone a 2-0 lead. The Crusaders didn't take long to respond to the Golden Eagles by scoring 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 errors in the top of the third inning. Cornerstone tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ashley Niedermayer and Alexsandra Szajna hit singles to start the inning. Jenna Weightman advanced the runners and Emily Bode hit a SAC Fly to tie the game at 3-3. The Crusaders quickly reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth innings with 3 runs on 1 hit and 1 error to make it 6-3. Megan Oberst made it 6-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Madonna scored another run in the top of the sixth on a triple and a wild pitch but Cornerstone responded with two of their own in the bottom of the sixth on 4 hits. Lauren Pasciak and Megan Oberst hit RBI singles for the Golden Eagles. Cornerstone held Madonna scoreless in the top of the seventh but the Golden Eagles couldn't score the equalizer in the bottom of the inning and Madonna won 7-6. Heidi Walburg took the loss from the circle. Cornerstone drops to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in the WHAC.
Cornerstone will return to action on Tuesday when the host Concordia (at Davenport) at 3:30 p.m.