Softball takes two from Alverno

Softball takes two from Alverno
April 10, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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The Benedictine softball team swept its Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader versus Alverno College on Tuesday afternoon at The Sports Complex. The Eagles (12-10, 8-2) won the pair of games – both shortened to five innings by the “mercy rule” – by scores of 8-0 and 12-1. The game one winner was senior Melissa Kennedy, who permitted just two Inferno hits in the abbreviated game. Kennedy struck out eight and did not walk a batter in running her personal record to 8-4. The win was Kennedy’s 10th complete game in 11 starts and second shutout of the year. Benedictine’s 10-hit attack was keyed by the tandem of Nikki Schlagel and Kate Kleinwachter, who each managed a pair of singles. Schlagel and freshman Sara Sutherland each had two runs batted in. Outfielder Lisa Rybak had the team’s lone extra-base hit, a leadoff triple in the Eagles’ five-run second inning. In the second contest, it was Rybak taking the circle and enjoying the fruits of her team’s 12-run, nine-hit attack. Rybak lifted her record to 4-6 on the year and notched her ninth complete game in 11 starts. Rybak struck out six and walked one, allowing the one earned run in the fifth and final frame. Sophomore secondbaseman Sara Sanchez had the big bat for Benedictine in game two. Sanchez was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Among Sanchez’s hits were a double and triple. Kennedy, taking over chores at first base in the second contest, was 2-for-3 – both doubles - with a run and three RBI. Freshman leadoff batter Aimee Mahoney also went 2-for-3 (with a triple) and plated two runs, while Kleinwachter drove in two runs, as well.


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.