Carnell's no-no keeps Eagles perfect in NAC

Carnell's no-no keeps Eagles perfect in NAC
April 4, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine University freshman pitcher Brittney Carnell – a 2007 graduate of Kaneland High School – tossed the first no-hitter of her young collegiate career, blanking Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 8-0, in the first game of the Eagles’ twinbill sweep in Lisle. Carnell went the full six innings of the game shortened by the “mercy rule,” as she improved her personal record to 7-2 on the year. Benedictine also won the second game by a 9-0 score. Carnell struck out four batters and walked just two in tossing the gem for the Eagles. She faced just one batter over the minimum after one runner was cut down on a steal attempt. Carnell was also last week’s Northern Athletics Conference “Student-Athlete of the Week” in softball. Sara Sanchez had the big bat in game one, going 3-for-4. Aimee Mahoney and Nikki Schlagel each collected a pair of hits as Benedictine tallied 12 hits in all. In game two, freshmen Sam Corban (3-2) and Caitlin Shaw combined to register the shutout. Corban went the first four frames of the five inning game (shortend by the "mercy rule") - striking out four and walking one - and Shaw finished up with one scoreless inning of work. Corban helped herself from the plate, as well, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Sanchez had another big game, again going 3-for-4, as did Blair Erickson. Sanchez also scored twice and drove in two runs. Erickson had one RBI. With the win, the Eagles improved to 13-5 overall and 8-0 in the Northern Athletics Conference. BU will host Edgewood College in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.


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.