2007
Kennedy notches 500th strikeout as softball splits

Kennedy notches 500th strikeout as softball splits
April 18, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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dbeyer@ben.edu

The Benedictine University softball team split its Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader versus Concordia (Wis.) University at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The Eagles (19-12, 13-3 NAC) dropped the first game, 8-5, but bounced back to take the second contest, 2-0. Benedictine had a big hole to dig itself out of in that first match-up, falling behind 7-0 after just 2 1/2 innings of play. A three-run third and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth drew the Eagles closer. Starter Melissa Kennedy took the loss, going just two innings after allowing five runs (only two of which were earned). Kennedy had three strikeouts and three walks, while giving up three hits in the brief stint. Kim Bakota pitched the final five frames. Bakota scattered six hits and gave up three runs (two earned) the rest of the way. The Eagles managed just five hits off of the Falcons. Kate Kleinwachter was the only Eagles player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Kennedy again got the starting nod in game two and this time the Eagles' senior ace was on target. Kennedy gave up four hits, struck out five and walked three in imoproving her personal record to 12-5. With her five "Ks" in the second game, Kennedy surpassed the 500 career strikeouts plateau for her illustrious four-years in the Benedictine colors (her total is now at 502). Kennedy also helped her team with the bat in the second contest. She went 2-for-3 in the game with one RBI. Kristin Bonk also went 2-for-3 with the bat and drove in what would prove to be the deciding run with her fourth inning single that plated Lisa Hodges. Hodges had reached with a leadoff double down the rightfield line and was sacrificed to third. Aimee Mahoney was 3-for-4, while also scoring an insurance run for the Eagles in the top of the ninth inning.

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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.