2007
Softball sweeps NAC's #2 team

Softball sweeps NAC's #2 team
April 21, 2007

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

The Benedictine softball team kept itself in the thick of the Northern Athletics Conference championship race, as well as bid to make the league's post-season tournament, with a pair of victories at Lakeland College. The Eagles (21-12, 15-3 NAC) won by scores of 3-1 and 12-3 in Sheboygan, Wis., to move into a second place tie in the division with the Muskies. In game one, pitcher Melissa Kennedy improved her personal record to 13-5 with the complete game win. Kennedy allowed three hits and the one earned run. She struck out 11 and walked five. The Eagles' team banged out eight hits, including two by freshman outfielder Aimee Mahoney (2-for-4). Mahoney also scored twice, including what would prove to be the deciding run in the top of the seventh inning. Lisa Rybak and Kristin Bonk each hit doubles in the game for Benedictine. In game two, Rybak took the circle and improved her record to the .500 level at 7-7, thanks to the complete game, mercy-rule shortened game. Rybak had five "K's" and two walks in her 5.0 innings of work. Rybak had plenty of support from the BU bats, as the Eagles rolled up 14 hits. The big blow was a seven-run fifth inning. Mahoney again led the assault, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Kim Bakota and Katie Bellich each went 3-for-3 with an RBI apiece. Bakota scored all three times and Bellich tallied twice. Sophomore Kristin Bonk was 2-for-3 with a leadoff home run in the third inning, her first roundtripper of the season. Freshman Lisa Hodges was 1-for-3, but drove in three runs thanks to a bases loaded double in that big fifth frame.

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