Eagles earn softball conference awards
May 6, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
The Benedictine University softball team – which finished second in the 13-team Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) – had six of its players honored on the league’s all-conference teams, it was announced today. The Eagles finished the season at 26-14 overall, 19-5 in the league’s runner-up spot (after being picked to finish fifth in the Conference’s pre-season coach’s poll).
Heading the honorees is freshman firstbaseman Cassie Cappetto (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist H.S.), who was named First Team All-NAC, selected to the All-Rookie Team and chosen as the NAC’s “Rookie of the Year.”
Cappetto hit .459 with 62 hits and 41 RBI, with all three totals ranking as the third-best among NAC players. She also led the circuit in doubles (15), while belting three triples and four homeruns on her way to a team-leading .704 slugging percentage and an on-base average of .507. Cappetto was also a top defensive player with a .991 fielding percentage in 329 total chances.
Sophomore outfielder Aimee Mahoney (Gardner, Ill./Gardner-South Wilmington H.S.) was also named to the All-NAC first team, as was junior outfield Blair Erickson (Sheridan, Ill./Serena H.S.). Mahoney was a NAC honorable mention pick as a freshman in 2007 and also earned second team all-region accolades.
Mahoney hit .372, primarily as the Eagles’ leadoff batter. She scored 49 runs and drove in 31 more. Mahoney had 19 extra-base hits: Nine doubles, a team-high six triples and four homeruns. Mahoney also drew a team-high 19 walks, was hit four times and had a .461 on-base average, to go along with her nine stolen bases (in 11 attempts). The 5’10” second-year player also had six assists from the outfield.
Erickson – who was also a starting guard on the Benedictine women’s basketball team – had the best year of her career as an Eagle, sporting a .438 batting average with six doubles. Erickson scored 28 runs and had 13 RBI. She was also seven-for-12 in steal attempts.
Named to the All-NAC second team were senior thirdbaseman Nikki Schlagel (Glendale Heights, Ill./Glenbard East H.S.) and freshman pitcher Brittney Carnell (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland H.S.).
Schlagel closed out her four-year BU career with a banner season, thanks to her .417 batting average and a .946 fielding percentage at the “hot corner” (149 chances). Schlagel scored 34 runs and drove in 31 (tied for second on the team). She was second on the team with 12 doubles and also had a triple to her credit. Schlagel drew 16 walks and had a team-leading nine sacrifice hits.
Carnell threw nearly twice as many innings pitched than anyone else on the Benedictine staff, tossing 135 2/3 innings on her way to a 15-8 mark as a frosh. Carnell had a 2.53 earned run average, 11 complete games, 70 strikeouts and a .263 opponent average (all BU team best statistics). Carnell was also selected to the NAC’s All-Rookie Team.
Joining Cappetto and Carnell on the All-Rookie squad was pitcher/designated player Sam Corban (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central H.S.). Corban hit .303 during her first collegiate campaign, scoring 19 runs and driving in 24. She drew 12 walks and had six sacrifices on the year, as well. From the circle, Corban was 7-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 76 1/3 innings of work.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, email@example.com or visit ben.edu.