Softball makes swiss cheese of Wisconsin teams on weekend

Softball makes swiss cheese of Wisconsin teams on weekend
April 15, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sprots Information Director
(630) 829-6143

The Benedictine softball team continued its hot streak on Sunday, sweeping a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The Eagles won by scores of 8-1 and 5-4 to inmprove to 17-11 overall and 12-2 in the NAC. The combination of a 12-hit attack with the bats and a full compliment of pitcher Melissa Kennedy from the circle proved a deadly combination to the Warriors. Benedictine's seven, eight and nine batters - Sara Sanchez, Lisa Hodges and Katie Bellich - combined for seven of the squad's 12 hits. Sanchez was 3-for-4, Hodges 2-for-3 and Bellich 2-for-4. Sanchez and Hodges each had an RBI, while Bellich knocked in a pair of ribbies with her fourth inning triple. Kennedy went the distance and allowed just one earned run. She scattered eight hits, while posting nine strikeouts to just three walks. In game two, Benedictine trailed 2-1 before getting off of the deck with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. However, WLC would not lay down and tallied two runs of its own in its half of the seventh, with runners on the corners and two out. A wild pitch by Lisa Rybak enticed the Warrior runner at third to try to come home. But Benedictine catcher Bellich picked up the ball and flipped it to Rybak covering home, who tagged out the runner for the final out of the game. Aimee Mahoney, Kennedy and Rybak each had two hits in the game, leading the Eagles' nine-hit attack. Bellich had another two-run triple in the big sixth inning by the Eagles.


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, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.