2007
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
dbeyer@ben.edu

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.

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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.