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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Golden Eagles hosted Aquinas in a non-conference double-header today and they celebrated senior day to honor Heidi Walburg and Lauren Pasciak and both of them delivered in the first game as they won 6-4. Pasciak went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI. Walburg went 3 for 3 with a run and 2 RBI's. Cornerstone opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Jenna Weightman singled and stole 2nd base and then scored on a Heidi Walburg single to give Cornerstone a 1-0 lead. Emily Bode hit a one out triple in the top of the second and scored when her sister (Rachel) grounded out. Cornerstone scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Lauren Pasciak singled to center and advanced to third on a Heidi Walburg double. Both runners scored on a Megan Oberst single to put the Golden Eagles 4-0. Hailey Castillo hit a one out single and stole 2nd and scored on a Lauren Pasciak double to give Cornerstone a 5-0 lead. The Saints picked up 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it 5-3 but the Golden Eagles picked up one of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Lauren Pasciak hit a bunt single and scored on a Heidi Walburg double to make it 6-3. Aquinas scored another run in the top of the seventh but Walburg retired the remainder of the batters to secure the win for Cornerstone.
The Golden Eagles played as the visitors in the second game since it was a non-conference contest. Cornerstone exploded for 6 runs powered by a solo shot by Rachel Bode and a Grand Slam by Megan Oberst. Aquinas got one run in the bottom of the third inning to make it 6-1. Cornerstone added another in the top of the fourth when Alyssa Ambu scored on a wild pitch. Aquinas got right back in the game scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 8-5. Cornerstone added 5 more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Heidi Walburg singled and Megan Oberst knocked her in on a 2 run homer. Ashley Niedermayer singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rachel Bode drew and walk and then Niedermayer scored on a Alexsandra Szajna single to put Cornerstone up 11-5. Bode scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-5 and Lauren Pasciak drew a bases loaded walk to finish off the scoring for the Golden Eagles. Aquinas picked up 2 more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to end the game with Cornerstone picking up a 13-8 win. Cornerstone improved to 19-13 on the year.
Cornerstone will travel to Ohio to play double headers with UNOH and Lourdes this weekend to finish off WHAC play.