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Heidi Warmelink and Megan Oberst both were instrumental in guiding the Golden Eagles to a WHAC regular season title and a final record of 32-6 and they were honored today by the NAIA Coaches by being named NAIA All-Americans. Warmelink (a junior from Dorr, Mich.) was named to the NAIA First Team as a Utility player. She led the team in batting average (.435) and hit 14 Home Runs with 40 RBI's. She also finished the season with a 20-3 record and an ERA of 1.24 from the circle. Megan Oberst (a sophomore from Tecumseh, Mich.) was one of two catchers to be named to the NAIA Second Team. Oberst led the team in RBI's with 43 and had 8 Home Runs. This marks the first time that two players have made the NAIA All-American teams. Click here to see the full teams listed.
The Golden Eagles had another huge challenge tonight against Madonna. Cornerstone started well going up 1-0 in the top of the second on a Jenna Weightman homer but the lead was short-lived as Madonna scored three of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Crusaders added one more to their lead in the third and two in the fourth to take a 6-1 over the Golden Eagles. Bree Crampton made it tough on the Golden Eagles pitching a 2-hitter. Cornerstone finishes the year 32-6. Madonna will play Davenport and an elimination game tomorrow.
Cornerstone had to return to action right away after the loss to Aquinas to play their first elimination game against Siena Heights. The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard early on a solo home run by Heidi Warmelink in the bottom of the first inning. Cornerstone scored another run in the bottom of the second to make it 2-0. Ashley Niedermayer led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Alexsandra Szajna, and scored on a sac fly by Rachel Bode. The Saints tied the score at 2-2 in top of the third inning on four hits and an error. The Golden Eagles reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth much like the run in the second. Niedermayer opened with a single, advance to second with a sac bunt by Szajna, moved to third on a single by Rachel Bode, then scored on a line out by Harlie Sherman. The score remained 3-2 until the top of the seventh. Siena Heights started the inning with a bunt single. Warmelink got the next two batters out before issuing an intentional walk to Taylor Hayes who has the 2nd best batting average (.464) in the WHAC to put runners on first and third. Warmelink hit the next batted to load the bases and Siena Heights made the most of it with a 2 RBI single to follow to give the Saints a 4-3 lead. Harlie Sherman led off with a ground out to the pitcher so the Golden Eagles were now just two outs from being eliminated. Haley Castillo did what she has been doing all year by getting on base. She hit one down to third base and ran it out to give CU life. Lauren Pasciak followed her with a single up the middle to put runners on first and second with Warmelink coming to the plate. The Saints decided to intentionally walk Warmelink to load the bases. Megan Oberst drew a walk to tie the game and Jenna Weightman came through like she has done so many times this year with a walk off single to give Cornerstone the 5-4 win to survive and advance in the WHAC tournament.
Cornerstone advances to play Madonna in another elimination game later tonight.
(Battle Creek, Mich. – Bailey Park) #1 seed Cornerstone faced #4 seed Aquinas in their second game of the 2013 WHAC tournament. The Golden Eagles fell behind early when Aquinas scored a run on three hits in the second inning. Aquinas scored two more runs in the third inning on four hits and an error to make it 3-0. The Saints score two more in the top of the fourth inning but the Golden Eagles got two back in the bottom half of the inning on a 2-run home run by Jenna Weightman to make it 5-2 after four innings. Aquinas scored another in the top of the fifth to make it 6-2 and that is the way the game would end. Rebecca Shineklecker kept the Golden Eagles hitters off balance the whole game giving up just three hits for the Saints. Aquinas moves on in the winner's bracket and Cornerstone will now have to come back through the bracket with one loss. Cornerstone will face #7 Siena Heights at 5:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the next game at 8:00 p.m.
(Battle Creek, Mich. – Bailey Park) #1 seed Cornerstone faced #9 seed in their opening game of the WHAC tournament and the Golden Eagles exploded for 17 runs in just five innings. Junior Heidi Warmelink left her mark on the game. Warmelink hit a grand slam in the second inning, a 3-run shot in the third inning and another grand slam in the fourth inning for a total of 11 RBI's. She also pitched a 3-hit shutout to lead the Golden Eagles both offensively and defensively. Haley Castillo went 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Lauren Pasciak went 2 for 2 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Megan Oberst went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Jenna Weightman went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Ashley Niedermayer, Alexsandra Szajna, and Harlie Sherman all went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI each. The Golden Eagles pounded out 18 hits and went on to win 17-0 in the opening game.
Cornerstone will face Aquinas at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.