2007
Softball splits at North Park

Softball splits at North Park
April 13, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's softball team kicked off a busy weekend of three doubleheaders in three days by splitting a non-league twinbill at North Park University. The Eagles (13-11) won the opener 5-3, but dropped the second game, 9-4. The Eagles batters rolled up 12 hits - six of the extra-base variety - in the game one victory. Melissa Kennedy's 3-for-4 game led the effort. Kennedy also belted a homerun as she amassed three runs batted in and scored once. Freshman Lisa Rybak went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Fellow frosh Aimee Mahoney was 2-for-4, with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Junior thirdbaseman Nikki Schlagel was also 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Kennedy also got the win from the circle, tossing the complete game. She permitted the vikings seven hits and three runs (two earned). She struck out six and walked five. In the second game, Benedictine found itself down 6-0 after four complete innings and never recovered. The Eagles cut it to 6-3 in the top of the fifth, only to have NPU match that with three runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Benedictine did manage 10 hits. Kennedy, playing first base this game, again went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Katie Bellich and Kristin Bonk each were 2-for-3. Rybak took the loss for the Eagles. she struck out five and walked just three.

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