Softball plays 21 innings for a win and a tie at Wheaton

Softball plays 21 innings for a win and a tie at Wheaton
April 23, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine University's softball team needed 16 innings to gain a 2-0 win at Wheaton College, only to play to a 5-5 tie in the second game of the non-conference doubleheader, which was called after five innings due to darkness. The Eagles improved to 21-12-1 overall. Senior pitcher Melissa Kennedy was the "marathon woman" in the opener, pitching all 16 innings to record her fourth shutout of the season. She improved her personal record to 14-5 and lowered her earned run average to 1.53 thanks to the elongated blanking of the Thunder. Kennedy had a career high 14 strikeouts in the game, as well. Nikki Schlagel led the Eagles' offense by collecting three hits (3-for-8), while teammate Katie Bellich went 2-for-7 as the only other player with multiple hits. As a team, Benedictine had nine hits. Schlagel, Lisa Rybak and Sara Sanchez each had doubles in the game. Sanchez's two-bagger to lead off the 16th inning proved to be the difference in the game. Sanchez was driven home on the very next at-bat when Rybak slapped a double to center. Benedictine added some insurance when Rybak scored on Bellich's RBI single. In the abbreviated second game, both teams amassed five hits before darkness cut matters short. Kennedy and Rybak each went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI apiece.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.