2009
Softball players honored by NAC

Softball players honored by NAC
May 11, 2009

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

Benedictine University had six members of its softball team, which placed third in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC), recognized among the league’s postseason award winners. Heading the cast was freshman pitcher Brittany Adcox (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central H.S.). Adcox was named All-NAC first team, All-Freshman Team and was tabbed as the “Freshman of the Year” from among the 13 schools in the Conference. Adcox posted an 18-7 record and tossed 151 of her team’s 270 2/3 innings pitched this season. She sported a 1.85 earned run average and opponents hit a paltry .226 against her. Adcox also had a 138-to-27 ratio in terms of strikeouts-to-walks. She also made just one error in 50 chances defensively (.980 fielding percentage). Adcox also had 17 complete games – out of 25 starts – and posted six shutouts (while combining on three others). She also led the Eagles’ team with two saves. Adcox ranked among the NAC leaders in virtually every category, including: ERA (2nd), opponent batting average (2nd), strikeouts (3rd), wins (3rd), saves (2nd) and appearances (3rd). (Adcox was the second-consecutive Benedictine player to earn the NAC’s “Freshman of the Year” moniker, following teammate Cassie Cappetto last season). Also named to the First Team All-NAC slate was freshman outfielder Laura Christensen (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg H.S.). Christensen – also tabbed on the NAC’s All-Freshman squad – topped Benedictine’s offense in batting average (.418), hits (56), runs scored (30), on-base average (.463) and stolen bases (16, in 19 attempts). She had a total of 17 multi-hit games during the season and hit safely in 34 of the 42 games played during her initial collegiate campaign. Christensen found her name prominently displayed among the NAC statistical leaders in steals (1st), batting average (10th), on-base average (10th), hits (4th), plate appearances (4th) and at-bats (8th). She also ranked fourth as the toughest to strike out, going down on via the “K” just 0.12 times per game (a little more than once every ten games and a total of five times all season). Named to the Second Team All-NAC list were senior catcher/designated player Kristin Bonk (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South H.S) and sophomore first baseman Cassie Cappetto (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist H.S.). Bonk capped her four-year Benedictine University career with a .325 batting average (37-for-114), along with 22 RBI. Bonk was second on the Eagles with nine doubles and also slugged one home run. She scored 20 runs and had a .353 on-base average. Bonk also ranked eighth in fielding percentage, .994, in the entire NAC. Cappetto hit .278 on the season and was second on the BU team with 29 RBI. Cappetto also popped nine doubles and two triples, scoring 28 times. She drew a team-high 12 walks and was also among the NAC’s defensive best with a .972 fielding percentage. Joining Adcox and Christensen on the NAC All-Freshman Team was third baseman/catcher Kara Walsh (Oak Forest, Ill./Marian Catholic H.S.). Walsh hit .305 (40-for-131) to open her collegiate career and also drove in a team-leading 32 RBI. Walsh started all 42 contests for the Eagles and drew 11 walks. She was 5-for-8 in steals and had a very solid .970 fielding percentage. Walsh also ranked among the NAC’s most difficult to strikeout at 0.12 times per game (a total of six strikeouts on the season). Freshman shortstop Brittany Wolski (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg H.S.) was Benedictine's representative on the NAC's All-Sportsmanship Team.

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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.