Eagles win two at Dominican
April 20, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine's softball team rolled to a pair of Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) wins over Dominican University on Sunday at the Stars' home field, 4-2 and 14-1. The Eagles improved to 21-9 overall and 16-2 in the NAC.
It was also the eighth time in 10 seasons that Benedictine Head Coach Kate Keller has eclipsed the 20-win palteau while at the EAgles' helm.
In game one, the Eagles tallied two runs in both the first and fifth innings, and made it stand up. In the first frame, Cassie Cappetto laced an RBI single that drove in Aimee Mahoney. Sara Sanchez would eventually lift a sacrifice fly that plated Cappetto, as well.
Dominican made it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth before the Eagles added some insurance in the top half of the fifth. Sanchez led off with a single to left. After the next two batters were retired, catcher Kristin Bonk bonked the ball well over the leftfield fence for her second homerun of the season.
The Stars added one run in the seventh and had the potential tying run at the plate before freshman hurler Brittney Carnell induced a game-ending fly out to center.
Carnell got the complete game win and allowed nine hits, along with two earned runs. Carnell struck out eight and walked just two.
The Eagles collected 10 hits as a team, led by Cappetto's 3-for-4 day. She also hit her 12th double of the season and scored one run.
Centerfielder Blair Erickson had the only other multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 effort.
In game two, the Eagles' offense exploded early - and often - in the game shortened to five innings by the "mercy rule." BU slammed 13 more hits as a team, while the Stars managed just two versus Benedictine pitching.
Bonk had the big bat in the second contest, going 3-for-3 with a run and three RBI. She also had one of her team's two doubles. Senior Nikki Schlagel - 2-for-4 - had the other double, while also scoring once and driving in a pair of runs.
Leadoff batter Aimee Mahoney, a sophomore, was 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. In addition to her stellar day with the bat, Mahoney was equally impressive with the glove, making several diving catches in right field.
One of the highlights of the day for Benedictine came in the second inning when Sara Sanchez (at left in photo) slammed the first homerun of her Eagles' career with two out and one on in the bottom of the inning.
From the circle, Carnell had Dominican batters seeing stars, giving up just two hits in her four innings of shutout work. Caitlin Shaw tossed the fifth frame.
Carnell improved her personal record to 12-4 on the season.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.